On November 13, 2018, Amazon announced that it had selected Arlington as the location for its new second headquarters (HQ2). The news followed a year-long process in which Amazon considered 238 proposals from communities across North America.
As one of the most significant economic development projects in recent history, Amazon's decision to select Northern Virginia validated the region as a world-class hub for the tech industry.
Construction on Amazon's HQ2 is currently underway, with Phase 1 expected to be completed in 2023.
As of 2021, HQ2 hires have surpassed 3,500 and Amazon leases nearly 900,000 SF of existing office space in the Crystal City area of National Landing. Adjacent to the Crystal City Metro Station and new multi-family housing and mixed-use retail, the growing headquarters offers easy access for workers to transit, housing and entertainment.
By 2030, the company anticipates occupying at least four million SF of office space and creating a minimum of 25,000 jobs.
Amazon has also already proven to be a good neighbor in the community, providing support not only for Northern Virginia's tech talent pipeline but also by supporting local restaurants and making significant contributions to affordable housing projects in Arlington.
Construction began in early 2020 on the 2.1 million SF mixed-use project in Pentagon City, which includes two 22-story towers that will house Amazon's Arlington headquarters along with 65,000 SF of ground floor retail. Additionally, the project will renovate the adjacent Metropolitan Park into a vibrant public open space.
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In February 2021, Amazon submitted proposed development plans for the second phase of its Arlington headquarters.
As proposed, the company will develop 3.2 million square feet of new office space across three 22-story buildings, which will all be designed to LEED Platinum standards.
The site landmark building, The Helix, will feature walkable paths, collaborative workspaces, and an artist-in-residence program. Additionally, a 2.5-acre open space will be accessible for public use, including outdoor concerts, farmers' markets and more.
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The centerpiece of Virginia’s proposal for HQ2 was a performance-based, statewide investment in computer science and related programs to more than double Virginia’s tech-talent pipeline, which will benefit tech employers across the Commonwealth. Locally, the investment triggered the creation of innovation campuses for George Mason University in Arlington and Virginia Tech in Alexandria, which will add new tech talent to the region’s already robust tech workforce.
November 30, 2021
As the public health situation improves, Amazon plans bringing their employees together in a physical space to cross-pollinate ideas and foster collaboration. Check out open positions.
November 13, 2021
Revered as one of the most influential business forces in the world, Amazon was seeking a location for its new East Coast headquarters (referred to as HQ2) that would inspire invention and help the retail and technology giant connect with passionate innovators across the nation and globe.
October 28, 2021
Amazon Unveils New Design Features Inspired by Community Feedback. Over the past eight months, Amazon has been working with Arlington County staff and listening to feedback from the local community to continue to update designs for Phase 2 of HQ2 development.