KBR Building Group to Construct “The Place” at Founders Square in Arlington, Virginia
March 29, 2012

Arlington, Va. — KBR Building Group has been awarded a contract by The Shooshan Company to provide construction services for The Place at Founders Square. The Place is part of Founders Square , an approximate 1.2 million-square-foot mixed-use development in Arlington, Virginia, conveniently located in the Ballston neighborhood, near Washington’s metro transportation line.

Designed for LEED Silver certification, The Place is a 17-story, 238,060 square feet residential tower, with four levels of below-grade parking containing 257 units and 8,500 square feet of ground-floor retail. Construction is being led by KBR Building Group’s regional office in Vienna, Virginia. The architect of record is RTKL Associates, Inc. Construction is underway.

The building's design features a prominent curved window wall extending the full height of the building located along the main intersection of Wilson Boulevard and N. Quincy Street.  Amenities for The Place include a rooftop terrace with wood decking, two custom year-round spas, a resident-use bar and interior clubroom with expansive views of Washington, DC.  In addition, the private backyard for residents will offer an outdoor amphitheater, fire pit, bar and grilling area.  The units will feature Caeserstone countertops and high-end GE appliances. Sustainable features include an energy efficient HVAC system, use of regional building materials, and water use reduction techniques for the building operations. KBR Building Group will sort all construction waste, diverting 90% from landfills through recycling.

The Place is being constructed on an existing site previously occupied by the Washington Metro Area Transit Authority bus depot.  Founders Square will provide a total of three acres of shared green space.  The Founders Square development includes a recently completed 13-story, commercial office building, home to the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), a 183-key Residence Inn by Marriott scheduled to be completed in spring 2013, and a 20-story, 420,000-square-foot office tower that will become the tallest building in Ballston. Leasing for The Place will begin summer 2013 with initial resident occupancy fall of 2013. 

Mike Sloan, Executive Vice President, KBR Building Group, noted “We are excited to be a member of the Founders Square team and welcome another opportunity to help the Arlington community live up to its reputation as one of America’s preeminent places to live, visit and do business. We look forward to working with The Shooshan Company to deliver what will be an outstanding addition to the Ballston neighborhood.”