The greenery proposed for Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington is so extensive that the company needs a greenhouse to keep it going.
According to plans submitted to the county, Amazon hopes to convert Meadow Farms Nurseries and Landscapes (10618 Leesburg Pike) in Great Falls into a greenhouse to provide a “permanent operation to provide for the continuous maintenance of the extensive landscaping elements” at HQ2. The concept is called Project Wren.
The company’s second headquarters is being built in two phases. The first phase, Metropolitan Park, includes two 22-story buildings and 2.5 acres of open space. The second phase, PenPlace, includes 3.2 million square feet of office space and about 94,500 square feet of retail.
Its signature building is “The Helix,” a glassy, twisting structure that is intended to be as green as possible in both color and nature. “The greenhouse will help ensure a ‘Year Five on Day One’ experience for the interior and exterior horticultural program elements at HQ2,” the application materials say.
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