Reston reaches for the sky with new skyscraping office building; “Appraisal Roadshow,” Spring Flea Market coming in March

Click here to view an interactive map of all the new construction taking place in Reston.

Reston metroA skyscraping office building is set to be constructed just north of the Reston Town Center, with a height that is 125 feet taller than any other surrounding structure.

Akridge and RTC linked up a year ago and then tapped HOK to do what they called “refinement and enhancement” to the new building’s design, which was originally rendered by architect Polleo Group.

The building, scheduled to be 420,000 square feet, will replace a five-story, 61,000-square-foot office building. County staff, as well as some residents that live in the surrounding areas, voiced concerns that the tower is too much — too tall and too dense — to be plopped in the middle of Reston, only a mile from where the Reston Town Center Metro station will be built. But Richard Whealen, who has owned the building for more than a decade, has the support of the planning commission and the board of supervisors, who approved the plans for redevelopment in 2012. It’s significant to note that he also had the support of the late founder of the city of Reston, Robert E. Simon, who passed away in September 2015 at age 101.

No work is scheduled to begin until approximately 150,000 square feet have been pre-leased. Designs will be tweaked in various areas, including the lobby, which “didn’t have a really strong lobby presence” in the initial design, according to David Toney, Akridge’s vice president of development. Tenants of the 22nd floor will have exclusive access to a terrace on that floor, while the rooftop terrace will now be protected from all the elements by a glass screenwall that has been added to the top of the tower.

There will also be modifications to the parking deck’s exterior and height, as well as the landscaping design scheduled for the park planned on the seventh floor. The building, which will sit at 1760 Reston Pkwy., will have 23 stories and stand at 330 feet.

—McEnearney Associates, “Reston reaches for the sky with new skyscraping office building”

Click here to view an interactive map of all the new construction taking place in Reston.

Upcoming Events
The Reston Association will present “Appraisal Roadshow” from 10 a.m. to noon Tuesday, March 8, at its Conference Center (12001 Sunrise Valley Drive).

The Appraisal Roadshow delivers a treasure hunt experience in a fun, educational and rewarding forum. Bring your personal valuables, such as jewelry, coins, timepieces, porcelain, artwork or other heirlooms, and the appraisal experts will educate the audience with interesting facts and information on ‘‘what it is,” “what it’s worth” and “what you can do with your treasure.” Registration required. You must cancel 72 hours in advance to receive a refund. Click here for the registration form. Contact or call 703-435-6577 for more information. The cost is $7/Reston residents, $10/non-residents

The Reston Community Center — Hunter Woods will host a spring flea market from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 12.

Have your children grown up yet their toys and books are still cluttering your home? Are you still holding onto that waffle iron wedding gift that has never made it out of the box? This is the perfect opportunity to clean out unwanted small household items from your home, make someone else happy with their newfound treasure and even earn a little money.

Admission is free; $10/RA members, $15/non-RA members for a single table; $15/RA members, $20/non-RA members to share a table. Register here.

After the event, you may choose to bring any unsold items home or RCC staff will collect and donate all unwanted items to a local charity.

Did I miss an event happening today? Know of something coming up? Let me know in the comments below.

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