Halley Rise & The Landscape of NoVa
DESIGN BRIEF | February 2019
ON THE BOARDS
MV+A has been working with Brookfield Properties in collaboration with Land Design, Urban Ltd., and Morris Adjmi Architects on the master plan for Halley Rise (formerly known as Reston Crescent), a 36-acre site adjacent to the Silver Line’s forthcoming Reston Town Center Metro station. The approved plan transforms two existing office buildings with surface parking into a densely populated, mixed-use, transit-oriented development. Halley Rise proposes the creation of eight city blocks, contains 1.5 million square feet of new office space, 250,000 square feet of retail anchored by a Wegmans grocery, a cinema, urban parks and plazas, and 1,500 residential units. The development will reshape a traditional suburban office park into a thriving, transformational urban development.
Following the submission of the masterplan, MV+A immediately began the building design of Block F, the first phase of the development. This block includes the 80,000 square foot urban-format Wegmans grocery anchor, an additional 6,000 square feet of restaurants and shops, and more than 350 apartments, all being served by nearly 1,000 structured parking spaces. The design and development team have worked collaboratively on a thoughtful building experience with refined details creating a sophisticated environment. Construction will begin in the second quarter of 2019.
MV+A Role: Project Manager
From: Washington, DC
Schooling: University of the District of Columbia
Joined MV+A: July 2018
Hobbies Outside of Work: Fishing and boating
MV+A Role: Construction Administration Manager
Schooling: Catholic University of America
Joined MV+A: October 2018
Hobbies Outside of Work: Drumming at music venues or recording in his home studio
NEWS | February 7, 2019
Brookfield Properties, the developer behind the Wegmans-anchored Halley Rise mixed-used development in Reston, is partnering with a Boston-based self-driving car company to deploy driverless vehicles.
Optimus Ride, a Massachusetts Institute of Technology spin-off company, starting in June will provide tenants in buildings currently on the Halley Rise site at One Reston Crescent and Two Reston Crescent with access to its reservation system and on-demand ride services completely contained within the 36-acre development. Brookfield (NYSE: BAM) rebranded Reston Crescent as Halley Rise last year.
During the initial phase, three self-driving vehicles will transport tenants in office buildings to parking lots at the site. An onsite operations team will monitor the fleet service as well as provide maintenance, cleaning, charging and updating of the vehicles.
In the future, Optimus Ride plans on deploying its self-driving cars at Brookfield properties worldwide.
“Brookfield is constantly exploring innovations that can improve the experience of our tenants,” Greg Meyer, executive president at Brookfield, said in a press release. “We are excited to engage with Optimus Ride to deploy this program in an effort to increase mobility and add convenience for our tenants in their day-to-day lives.”
Wegmans will take 80,000 square feet by the planned Reston Town Center Metro station, as the retail anchor in one of the planned mixed-use building. Construction will begin mid-2019 with the first phase — with 640 residential units, 450,000 square feet of office, 200,000 square feet of retail and two new parks — expected to deliver in 2022. The overall 3.5 million-square-foot development will encompass 10 blocks, including two existing office buildings, with a mix of 1,500 residential units, 1.5 million square feet of office, and five acres of open space.