Research Group Two Six Labs Expands With Move to 30K SF Within Arlington, Va.

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Two Six Labs will lease nearly 30,000 square feet of office space at Ballston Metro Center at 901 N Stuart Street in Arlington, Va., about six miles outside of Washington, D.C., according to a press release from West, Lane & Schlager Realty Advisors (WLS), which represented the research and development group in the lease negotiations.

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Two Six Labs will be moving to 29,798 square feet in the first quarter of 2019 from 4350 N Fairfax Drive in Arlington, where it takes up 19,000 square feet, according to a WLS spokeswoman, who would not disclose the date the deal was signed or the asking rent at Ballston Metro Center.

Founded in 2005 by scientists affiliated with the U.S. federal government’s Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, Two Six Labs “works on some of the U.S. military and national security community’s toughest challenges,” according to the release. Its employees specialize in data science, cybersecurity, vulnerability research, distributed computing and mobile and embedded systems.

The firm’s new space accommodates its recent employee growth while providing room for future expansion, according to the release, which also notes that the building’s proximity to U.S. Department of Defense contractors was also “an essential factor” in the firm’s decision to relocate.

Andrew Genova, Sam Werner and Brian Dickerson of WLS represented Two Six Labs in the transaction. “Two Six Labs is at the cutting edge of protecting our country and its digital infrastructure,” Werner said in the press release. “We want them to have the space and resources they need to keep their research and development at the top of its game.”

Chris Greamo, the CEO of Two Six Labs, said in a prepared statement that WLS found a location that offered employee amenities close proximity to the metro so that the firm could “retain and attract the talent we need and flexibility that will allow us to respond effectively to the evolving demands of our industry.”

JLL representedMetro Center in the deal. It wasn’t immediately clear which JLL brokers worked on the deal, as a spokeswoman for JLL did not return CO’s request for comment.