When Mitre began looking for a corporate campus in the late 1990s, the company told its brokers it wanted as much as a million square feet, the Washington Post reported at the time.
With 1.1 million square feet in office space today, the nonprofit corporation now plans to double the size of its Tysons campus.
The Board of Supervisors signed off on the expansion plan on Feb. 20. The approval allows Mitre to add 1.3 million square feet to its property. The plan calls for five new office buildings and an almost 1,500-space parking garage.
Located near the McLean Metro Station, Mitre’s 22-acre campus sits south of Route 123 and east of Colshire Drive. The company said it chose to grow at its current site because of the high value of its land near the Silver Line station. Its collaborative work style and need for security also requires its offices to be located close to each other.
During the past decade, the company’s need for office space has increased and its development plan lays the foundation for its future growth. Mitre’s workforce in Tysons totals more than 3,500, making it one of our county’s largest employers.
The company’s master plan foresees construction of its new office buildings in phases over the next 30 years.
Mitre will retain three of its four existing office buildings, known as Mitre 2, 3 and 4. It will eventually tear down the six-story Mitre 1, replacing it with a smaller four-story building that will be a focal point for visitors offering classrooms, meeting rooms and event space.
The Board of Supervisors also approved a final development plan for the first of Mitre’s five new offices. Called Mitre 5, the first of the company’s future 15-story office tower will be built next to the company’s most recent addition to its campus, the Mitre 4 building that was completed in 2016 along Colshire Drive.
Its other four new buildings, along with the future garage, will rise up on the property’s southern end. They are planned as nine-story offices that will be interconnected, a key design feature for the campus.
Mitre’s current offices are connected with pedestrian bridges or internal walkways that allow employees to easily and securely move between buildings.
Mitre’s expansion joins the major redevelopment of Tysons East, as the district around the McLean Metro Station is known.
Directly to the north of its campus, Scotts Run South is under construction. The massive development, which was approved in 2013, will result in 17 new buildings with up to 6.6 million square feet in offices, housing, retail and a hotel.
The project delivered its first residential buildings in 2016. The Haden offers 425 apartments in two buildings at the intersection of Route 123 and Anderson Road.
To the east of Mitre’s campus, construction continues on Anderson Park – the largest single residential development in Tysons. Formerly called The Commons, the development is approved for up 2,571 residential units. The project will replace the existing 13 low-rise garden apartments with seven new high rises. The Kingston, the first of these new buildings, was completed last year.
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