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ICF Relocating Global HQ to Reston


Global consulting firm ICF is planning to move its longtime headquarters from Fairfax, Va., to a 200,000-square-foot tower under construction in Comstock’s Reston Station, according to the landlord.

The company inked a full-building lease with a 15-year term at 1902 Reston Metro Plaza at the Reston, Va., complex. Comstock plans to deliver the tower in late 2021, with ICF moving in the following year. It’s relocating from 9300 Lee Highway in Fairfax, where it’s been based for the last 30 years.

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This is the third trophy-class office tower that Comstock is developing in Reston Station. Notable tenants across the three buildings include Google (GOOGL), British Telecom and Rolls-Royce North America, which CO reported signed a 17,000-square-foot lease at 1900 Reston Metro Plaza last week.

“It’s a 15-year deal and it is the first tenant that has taken an entire building, so they will be a large part of the Reston Station story for many years to come,” Chris Clemente, Comstock’s CEO, told Commercial Observer. “The building is being built directly above the transit facility and because they have signed a lease at the early stage of the process, ICF has the opportunity to have a lot of influence in the final design of the interiors and the amenity spaces.”

The planned eight-story glass and steel building is situated adjacent to the Metro’s Reston-East Metro Station in the heart of Northern Virginia’s Technology Corridor. Covering 40 acres spanning the Dulles Toll Road, Reston Station is one of the biggest mixed-use, transit-oriented developments in the Washington, D.C., area, according to Clemente.

The property will boast a two-story glass lobby on the Metro Plaza, a conference facility and a fitness facility.

“One of the things that will set this building apart is there are multiple outdoor spaces at different levels on and around the building,” Clemente said. “There’s a 9th-floor sky park that is about one-third of an acre and sits between the ICF building and the adjacent building. Then there’s a rooftop facility that has a catering kitchen and outdoor and indoor seating.”

“We are confident that Reston Station has everything we need to provide one of the best employee experiences in the Washington, D.C., metro area,” John Wasson, ICF’s CEO said in prepared remarks. “Having our global headquarters in the heart of a rapidly expanding technology corridor directly supports our strategic growth plans and provides so many more conveniences to our employees.”

Greg Lubar and Steve Ranck from JLL (JLL) represented ICF in the transaction. The firm also handled things for the landlord on the deal.