Suburban office parks were once in vogue in part because they gave employees a respite from having to travel into a downtown urban area. But where to go for lunch? 

The New York Times is reporting that now companies are building campuses with a little more of an urban influence. 

“It’s urbanization of the suburban experience,” said Alex Krieger, professor of urban design at Harvard and a principal at NBBJ, an architecture and planning firm in Boston. “Companies are bringing some of the characteristics of the city to their suburban campuses.”

“One prominent example is in Tysons, Va., a Washington suburb where Capital One has expanded its 24-acre campus with a performing arts hall, a Wegmans supermarket, a 300-room hotel and a rooftop park, all for corporate and public use. Across the street, a 30-story office building under construction will include ground-floor retail and restaurant space.”

“Other examples are appearing across the country. Walmart is building a 350-acre headquarters in Bentonville, Ark., that includes 2.4 million square feet of office space, a hotel, a food truck plaza, a walking and biking trail and retail shops open to visitors.”