Gannett/USA Today Headquarters

An innovative solution to the suburban office type, the Gannett/USA Today Corporate Headquarters building merges the related companies into a distinctive signature complex. KPF’s design rejects the typical suburban object building in favor of a site-integrated, space-making form. The result is a modern-day hill town, complete with a common “town square.”

The 30-acre site is located near Washington DC, and is developed as an amenity for its workers, with planted terraces and jogging and walking trails creating dynamic spaces for work and recreation. The form of the campus features two connecting wings that reach out in a welcoming gesture. Typical office spaces are located in the towers, and are flexible to allow for departmental change and reorganization. Common spaces are distributed along the entry level of the complex, with flexible, deep newsroom and production spaces in high-ceiling areas in podium levels 2 and 3. Employee amenities, including a cafeteria and fitness center, engage the landscaped setting.

The material properties of glass define the complex not only as a gentle reflection of the surrounding landscape, but also as an open, active community. The material palette further explores a wide range of textures, from rusticated fieldstone to polished stone and metal to warm wood and aluminium leaf.


McLean, VA, USA


Hines, Gannett


Lehman Smith McLeish (Interior Designer)


76,200 m2 / 820,000 ft2


Honor Award for Architecture (AIA National 2005), Honor Award: Design Resolution – Technical / Environmental Advancement (AIA National 2005), Design Award: Architecture Honor Award (AIA New York 2002), New Construction Award: Private/Corporate Category (Buildings Magazine 2002), Business Week/Architectural Record Award (2003), Best of NAIOP Award: Best Building, Build-to-Suit, 150,000 sf+ (Northern Virginia NAIOP 2002), Best New Office Development/Suburban -Best Overall- (Washington Business Journal 2002), Best Interior Design Award (Washington Business Journal 2002)

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Project Type:Headquarters
Project Location:Americas