It was almost two months ago when we last focused on the new Capital One tower rising in East Tysons. Since that time the construction has climbed higher and higher on its journey to becoming the tallest occupied building in the Washington region. At that time the building was just beginning to overshadow the current Capital One headquarters tower, located directly next door. Today the building has long forgotten its neighbor, and is now approaching the same height as Tysons Tower (although the ground elevation of Capital One makes it optically less significant).
We also learned this week that Capital One and Fairfax County have come to an agreement to provide a community performance space as part of their plans for the overall property, as reported by the McLean Patch. The space will double as an educational space for schools as well. Perhaps 1st Stage Theater is interested in special (maybe larger) shows being planned there as well.
The performance space has not yet begun construction, but Supervisor Bulova believes it should be open by 2019. The 470 foot Capital One Tower should be complete long before then, as construction continues at amazing speed. Hopefully, as the building gets close to topping out, crews and planners will recognize the significance of the tower and celebrate accordingly — and invite me to take some photos.