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Supervisors OK Changes to Reston’s Tallest Building

by Karen Goff — June 10, 2016 at 4:10 pm 10 Comments

The Fairfax County Board of Supervisors unanimously approved on Tuesday changes that will add amenities and parking to Reston’s future tallest building.

Even though the 23-story tower at 1760 Reston Parkway has been approved since 2012, don’t look for construction to begin any time soon. Developers are waiting until major tenants have signed leases before beginning construction.

When they get there, tenants will find views from the roof — 115 feet higher than any of Reston’s current buildings — to the Blue Ridge and D.C. as well as a seventh-floor outdoor park.

A rooftop terrace is planned as an amenity for tenants of the building. It will be surrounded by a 35-foot tall glass screen wall with an opening on the west side to shield the space from strong winds; it will be constructed of aluminum and steel supports and clear glass.

The terrace will include outdoor seating; a trellis structure on the west side of the rooftop to provide shade for outdoor seating; an enclosed event space serviced with restroom and pantry facilities; and a 2,500-square-foot vegetated green roof.

The overall scale and mass of the building, which will replace a five-story office building, are not changing. But, as reported earlier on Reston Now, the developers sought a few changes in addition to the roof terrace. Among them:

Creating a six-story atrium lobby “intended to serve as a distinct corner landmark feature,” according to the county staff report.

The five-level garage will now be a six-level garage that will hold 1,275 parking spaces.

A facade that will be be a sheer-glass-curtain wall. The garage will be screened with decorative metal panels used to create a “wave-like treatment.”

Two private terraces for office tenants directly adjacent to the terrace. The private tenant terraces will be located on the seventh and 22nd floors of the building facing Bowman Towne Drive and Reston Parkway, respectively.

There will be a public terrace atop the garage (about seven stories up). This will include a “pattern of plantings and walkways to encourage passive recreational use and small gatherings. Seating and small shade structures are shown to offer places of repose for individuals and small groups; a minor lawn panel offers the opportunity for informal games such as bocce.”

The $210 million building was controversial when it was first approved by the supervisors because of its size, height and distance of nearly a mile from the future Reston Town Center Metro Station, slated to open in 2020. The office tower and ground-floor retail will be about eight-tenths of a mile from the Metro.

  • Scott

    What a great idea. We’ve already turned the area around Wiehle Avenue into a parking lot. Let’s do the same thing with Reston Parkway.
    Given the manic development that’s embraced the area, Reston is losing more and more of its charm.
    Hopefully it will take a couple of years for the developers to find enough people to make this a viable concept.

    • Ming the Merciless

      Reston Parkway is already a parking lot all the way from Best Buy to Fox Mill every rush hour.

      • Zing the Penniless

        Plenty of business if they could only make the median a little wider so I can fit my shopping cart caravan

  • Greg

    Prevailing winds in Reston from September through March are from the northwest with ground-level gusts up to 75 MPH. Will having the opening on the west side will block much of the wind?

    “A rooftop terrace is planned as an amenity for tenants of the building. It will be surrounded by a 35-foot tall glass screen wall with an opening on the west side to shield the space from strong winds.”

  • Oh it is all a dream for we will have an economic nose dive coming and no new buildings for a generation after that. As a nation we have more debt as a function of our economy than any industrial nation in the world ever has had and we keep on borrowing and borrowing and the Federal government keeps printing money that does not count as part of the debt but will have to be dealt with. The Fed rate is not going to be raised by the Fed Bank. Rather the will lower the rate to the functional national interest rate will be negative. This means that the Feds will be printing more and more money to keep that rate down forcing people who want to earn on their assets to jump in and help raise the stock market to a new unreasonable level…
    So don’t worry about this building in this or the next generation.

    • TBex

      I suppose you think the cure for our national debt is in continuing to heavily subsidize detached house dwellings and routine car use with massive infrastructure-per-person costs? Maybe with some 1950s-style redlining to make sure we only make that massive investment in some racial groups and not others? Newsflash: the top marginal tax rate was 90% back then.

      We’ve never known a time that wasn’t mostly awful and we probably never will in our lifetimes. But we can have the convenience and efficiency of some tall buildings. And we will.

      • Ming the Merciless

        We’ve never known a time that wasn’t mostly awful

        Um, whut? How old are you? Good times weren’t that long ago.

        • TBex

          When? And for whom? Before the civil rights era ended deliberate racial/wealth segregation in schools and housing, or before the rapid proliferation of cheap cars and strong discrimination rules started eroding the de facto zoning-enabled segregation in schools and housing that we’ve had since the 50s?

          Should we raise the top marginal tax rate back up to 90%? Or should we acknowledge we never should have built places like Reston the way we did in the first place?

          Take a few seconds to learn history from more than one perspective.

          • Ming the Merciless

            “We” = Americans.

            And no, it wasn’t “mostly awful” in America even before 1965. Learn some history yourself, nitwit.

  • Mark

    Reston, one of the loves of my life, died with Mr. Robert E. Simon. His dream of a wonderful, navigable community will be lost in this ridiculous metropolis-to-be. Idiots.

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