Gannett breaks ground on new headquarters

By: Lucia Moses

Employees of the future at Gannett Co. headquarters and USA TODAY won’t have to leave the office to exercise, eat, shop, or bank. The future digs for 1,800 employees at Gannett’s corporate offices and the flagship paper, now underway in McLean, Va., will have tennis courts, a credit union branch, general store, and two-story health club, among other amenities.
The two towers, designed by architecture firm Kohn Pedersen Fox, will sport glass fins, illuminated glass elevator shaft, and glass exterior that will appear to change color when viewed from different angles. Gannett corporate offices and USA TODAY are now housed in leased office tower space in nearby Arlington, Va., but the lease expires in 2001 and rents are due to increase, a USA TODAY spokeswoman says. The project, whose cost Gannett hasn’t disclosed, should take two years to complete.

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