It is finished, the new 800/900 Glebe Road building and oh what a splendid work it is. I want to tell the story visually beginning with the old Bob Peck Chevrolet Dealership that was on the corner of Wilson and Glebe.
Many people will recall the dealership because it had a 1960’s style showroom that was stylistically distinctive. I used to go by there and think about “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” and arriving aliens. They could have landed right there at Bob Peck’s.
Cooper Carry, being appreciative architects gained inspiration from the relic. They preserved it and put it back onto the new building. What an act of preservation, respect and sensitivity. I also enjoy the continuity.
Walking from my place at Glebe and Washington Blvd, I can view down a row of coleus plants to see the new structure. The architects designed it to sweep along the curved shape of Glebe Road where George Washington may have ridden horseback, and where Civil Warriors met in a skirmish.
Take a look at the slideshow to appreciate this work and community asset.
800 / 900 North Glebe Road
Location: Arlington, Virginia
Client: The JBG Companies
“Adjacent to the new mixed-use building at 950 N. Glebe Road, Cooper Carry is designing a second mixed-use project with two prominent office buildings, 90 units of affordable housing, and structured parking. Townhouse units transition the massing of the office buildings to the adjacent residential neighborhood. 800 North Glebe Road is a 10-story trophy mixed-use office building with 316,000 square feet of Class A space. A sweeping 10-story curtainwall façade made of three “sails” accentuates the amazing sight lines down the primary arteries of North Glebe Road and Wilson Boulevard.
The seven-story, 144,000-square-foot building at 900 North Glebe Road will serve as a research center for Virginia Polytechnic and State University. Six stories of office and research facilities sit over a retail base slated to house a science and technology educational and exhibition facility that will also serve as a community gathering space. The building will be designed for LEED Silver Certification.”
Total SF: 316,000
Office SF: 290,000
Retail SF: 28,000
Number Of Stories: 10
Parking Ratio: 535 Spaces
Project Architect: Cooper Carry
Finished Ceiling Height: 9′-0