‘Topping Out’ Ceremony for Rosslyn Skyscraper

by ARLnow.com March 18, 2013 at 5:55 pm 2,363 30 Comments

On Friday, 1812 N. Moore Street, a new skyscraper in Rosslyn that will be the tallest building in the D.C. metro area, hosted a ceremony to mark the construction of the structure’s top floor.

Executives and employees from developer Monday Properties, builder Clark Construction and designer Davis Carter Scott donned hard hats and vests to celebrate on an upper floor of the building, which is still under construction. Construction workers joined the guests in enjoying a catered buffet and speeches from company officials.

At 35 stories and 390 feet, the building will be the tallest in the D.C. area. Prefabricated pieces of the decorative “top” of the building are still under construction in Maryland and are expected to be hoisted into place in May.

The gleaming glass-and-steel tower, with 580,000 square feet of total floor space, is being built to LEED Platinum sustainability specifications. It will have a 480-space parking garage and on-site access to the Rosslyn Metro station.

In a statement to ARLnow.com, Monday Properties CEO Anthony Westreich called the topping out a “significant milestone.”

“We have reached a significant milestone in our vision to build the tallest and most efficient building in the region,” Westreich said. “1812 North Moore Street will set the new standard for office development. I thank Arlington County for encouraging the development of Rosslyn into a highly competitive submarket and offer my congratulations to the more than 250 workers from Clark Construction who have given their all to this project.”

Architect Douglas Carter, of Davis Carter Scott, says his firm set out to design the most “the most iconic building that we could create.” He said he hopes the building proves to have a “timeless design,” like that of the main terminal of Dulles International Airport.

So far, no tenants have been announced for the $345 million building, though Monday Properties says they’re in talks with potential “anchor tenants.” Built on “spec,” the building represents a huge bet on Rosslyn as a location for high-end office space.

At least one other company is now getting in on the bet. Monday announced earlier this month that it had closed on a $200 million construction loan from Pacific Life Insurance Company.

Construction is expected to wrap up in September. The building had its groundbreaking ceremony in October 2010.

  • bobbytiger

    For the money that was spent, Arlington could have had 345 new bus stops.

    • Scott

      Do you think Arlington County is building this property?

      • dan

        Who said that irony was the first casualty on the internet ??

    • Eric

      That’s private sector money invested.

  • Deleted by me….(thanks administrator for deleting Kenny’ post)

  • I wonder why Virginia seems to be so much more prosperous than Maryland…

    • Counterpoint

      Is it? In terms of ranking of GSP per capita, Virginia is 9th in the country and Maryland is 13th – I’m not sure that qualifies as “so much more”. Both states suck at the Federal teat which is (albeit arguably) the source of most of their “prosperity” more so than what it is you are insinuating. Is Virginia just better at sucking?

    • Hank

      Maryland has a higher level of education average among its populace. Maryland has a world class biotech and pharmaceutical industry, incubated by NIH, but with a significant portion independent on federal funding. Maryland has its share of defenses contractors, too.

      Virginia, on the other hand, the home of the Pentagon, has enjoyed the largess of the two most expensive wars fought, while simultaneously benefiting from the 9-11 national buildout that was significantly outsourced to Virginia defense contractors.

      With the sequester precipitating the inevitable contraction from this decades long federal defense funding orgy, Virginia gonna feel some hurt. Meanwhile, Maryland biotech corridors along 270 and in Baltimore continue to thrive.

      So your premise seems flawed.

      • ARL

        And not just the Pentagon – Virginia has a huge military presence in Hampton Roads, and a big defense contractor–Newport News Shipbuilding–among others.

      • Plus, despite what Virginia claims, Maryland actually is for all lovers. The Dominion only wants straight, White, un-miscegenated ones (unless its arm is, of course, twisted by the Supreme Court).

  • bender

    Most iconic building?

    It certainly is an icon of the new Arlington – boring and ugly.

    • Deadite

      I agree, to an extent. While I think it’s a fine looking (read: not ugly) building, it certainly is anything but iconic. You can find an almost identical looking building in any city in America.

    • OX4

      It’ll look better when they put the top on. I think it’s pretty cool actually, the way it gets thinner as it rises.

  • RunningWriting

    1812 N. Moore will be the tallest building in the area, but I think the future 1900 Crystal Drive will be the largest private office building in Northern Virginia (730,000 sq. ft. of floor space). [Construction could begin on 1900 Crystal Drive by the end of this year, depending on when demolition of 1851 S. Bell St. takes place.]

  • ArLater

    ArlNow, or anyone, are there any updates on the progress of the Central Place towers that are supposed to be going up across the street from this? Has that been shelved or is work still planned?

    • Frank L. Wright

      Those buildings will never be built. They were planned during the real estate bubble and when the local economy was gorging on the massive increase in ‘security’ and ‘defense’ spending of the Federal government. Now that both the bubble and the spending have withered away, there is no reason for Central Place as it was conceived to ever be constructed. Something will eventually go in there, but it won’t be that.

      • ArlRes

        ^ Complete unsubstantiated bs. They will likely start with the residential building first (yes there is a huge market for housing in that location) once the new metro entrance is completed (they applied to Arl CO to allow this switch), and the commercial building later.

        • Frank L. Wright

          I guess we’ll see, won’t we? It’s been six years since it was approved.


          • ARL

            The 1812 N. Moore building – the subject of this story – was also approved in 2007 and delayed until 2010.

          • Frank L. Wright

            So? I812 is topped-out. Central Place hasn’t even demolished the existing buildings.

          • Scott

            So– you made the point about the passage of time since approval of Central Place….

          • Betty

            …and they aren’t comparable.

          • ArlRes

            Actually they have demolished some of the buildings already…

          • Arlident

            Only two, and one of them was taken out by the new Metro entrance.

    • Construction on the residential building is currently expected to start by the end of the year. No word on the office building.

    • Bad News Bear

      Didn’t you hear? It was cancelled before Christmas

  • flux

    Good grief, comparing it to Saarinen’s terminal? Not even close.

  • ArlRes

    Prepare for shocking positive comment: I think it’s a great looking building and adds to the continuing redevelopment of Rosslyn into a 5 star location.

  • South Awwlington

    As iconic as Dulles…nsm.

  • South Awwlington

    Philly and NYC have distinct and recognizable skylines, this looks like more of the same Arlington architecture with an apse. Let’s go big and unique. Different and distinguishable!


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