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The Boro Tysons in May 2017

Plenty of Tower Cranes at the Just Visible Boro

In a little over a year and a half the neighborhood of the Boro will be one of the hottest spots in Tysons, but right now it is barely visible above ground. ¬†With five¬†separate tower cranes in place, a new record for any development in Tysons, the Boro has plans to go from parking lot to mixed use haven in one step — well actually it still has multiple phases to follow on afterward.

Unlike any other project in Tysons, the Boro looks to create an entire community out of nothing, similar to what Mosaic accomplished in Merrifield.

Aerial view: The Boro (Credit: The Meridian Group).

The future Boro phase 1 will have a much anticipated Whole Foods, high end movie theater, loads of ground level retail, and lots of new apartments. Since the project plans to bring all of these elements to fruition at the same time, they needed a lot more tower cranes than other projects in town.

Rending of The Boro (Credit: The Meridian Group)

I look forward to watching this project climb. Although it won’t be one of the tallest projects, or even one of the biggest in Tysons, it will be the first to attempt multiple buildings at once that tries to fit into the street level and bring the urban mix of uses that is much needed.


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  • Big Drop

    The Capitol One building had five cranes at one time. By the way I believe the top of the tallest crane, right now, is approximately the same height as the Washington Monument.

    • TheTysonsCorner

      Was there 5? I remember they had an assembling crane out there, but I thought they only have 3 permanent tower cranes at the peak

      • I recall there being five. I used to count them as I was coming off the toll road onto I-495 each afternoon. As soon as the lower wings of the building were up the outlying towers came down until there was only the two which followed up the main tower. Was actually surprised a few weeks ago to see the third crane go in to support steel construction.

  • 2JZ_NOS

    Yawn, yet another overpriced BS Tysons “neighborhood”. Who gives a s-it about the number of cranes?

    • Apparently you as you took the time to come here, scroll to the bottom, login, and leave a comment. I’ve lived next to Tysons for over a decade now and like the idea of having more options for shopping and entertainment close at hand.

  • Mike Mihaylov

    Can’t wait to see what this will do to the traffic on Solutions Dr and Greensboro Dr. Getting out of work will be terrible

  • Ervin


    Off topic but, do you have any insight into this?!?!


    Its subscriber content only so I couldn’t read it. Any ideas on how tall they’re proposing this building? I’d imagine that if it is “by far” the tallest, its gotta be close to 600ft

  • Big Drop
  • Big Drop

    There will be at least a sixth crane rising from these sites. The foundation and bottom steel column are already in place. My guess is that in the next week or two this will rise above the ground. Looking into the “pit” there may be room for a seventh crane. When all of this starts coming out of the ground the Boro is going to have a lot of presence.

  • Big Drop

    The Boro Tysons 1 is a 32 story, 404 foot tall tower. Standing today at the Spring Hill Metro the ground elevation is probably 35-40 feet higher where this Boro tower is being built than at the View. The Boro is actually close to one of the highest points in Tysons. I am guessing that, at a minimum, it will have as much above ground visibility as the top of the 470′ Capitol One building which is built on a lower elevation. It is also likely that the Boro will have a total of eight cranes in its current construction. Six are up and what looks like the pad for a seventh has been poured. Additionally, a corner of the site seems to be perfectly situated for an eighth.

  • JC

    Can anyone tell me how tall the tallest cranes are at the Boro, to include height from the base. I am looking specifically at the Yellow and the Red cranes. They do not seem tall enough for the height of the buildings that are coming. How does that work?

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