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Liberty Center

Location
Arlington, Virginia

Size
1,100,000 SF | 102,000 M2

Services
Architecture, Interior Architecture

Awards
Award for Excellence by The Architectural Precast Association, Saving Arlington's Valuable Resources Award

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Description

Owned by a family trust since its initial development in the 1960s, the site of Liberty Center North occupies a full city block in the lively Ballston neighborhood of Arlington, Virginia. Changes in zoning offered the opportunity to replace three 12-story office buildings with a more vibrant, higher density mixed-use complex, and at the same time, accommodate an existing tenant with a new, higher-security office facility on the site. Overall, the client sought to create a signature destination that would enhance the already desirable location.

The resulting Liberty Center doubles the site’s density, with 1.1 million square feet of office, residential, retail and open space all in close proximity to the Ballston Metro station. The facades reflect the owner’s desire for a classic, timeless design that also creates a cohesive and identifiable neighborhood landmark. The site plan design provides a strong urban streetscape, with 30,000 square feet of ground floor retail space, sidewalk dining and plazas with public art that enhance street life and create a destination for the community. In the center, a large green roof with an interactive fountain over the parking garage is reserved as a private “backyard” for residents and oasis for office tenants.

The success of this mixed-use development has attracted some of the best office and retail tenants in the DC market, including a 315,000 square foot GSA lease for the Office of Naval Research Headquarters; a 105,000 square foot pre-lease from BAE Systems; as well as top retailers including the first and only Arlington locations for Neighborhood Restaurant Group’s Rustico and Buzz Bakery, along with Sweetgreen, and HSBC Bank.