Amazon halts construction on its HQ2 development in Arlington, Virginia

This summer, the sounds of construction will no longer ring out across Amazon’s second headquarters in Virginia. Last week, the e-commerce giant announced it was hitting pause on the development, citing recent layoffs and job cuts within the company. Among the components of the redevelopment hit by this halt in construction, is the NBBJ-designed “Helix,” a spiraling structure that is a focal point of the campus. Since its announcement of its design last year, the internet has likened its appearance to that of a poop emoji: 💩.

Amazon first publicized its plan to open its “HQ2” in 2017, prompting cities across the country to vie

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