Innovative Projects

O2: Outdoor Office

Rosslyn, Virginia is a community of over 25,000 employees and 15,000 residents who work or live in the buildings that make up Arlington’s iconic skyline along the Potomac River. Dozens of large, top-tier companies like Nestle, Microsoft, Deloitte and Gartner call Rosslyn home, so when the pandemic hit, the Rosslyn BID quickly began re-envisioning the future of work in Rosslyn, not only for employees, but the Rosslyn residents that were now working from home.

Our conversations with property owners and businesses as they navigated the pandemic indicated that employees weren’t comfortable coming back to their physical offices anytime soon, and our HR contacts said that they needed help reconnecting employees to their place of work. We also heard that residents needed a change of scenery from their homes.

To meet this need, we created O2: Outdoor Office, a free, convenient, physically distanced yet connected outdoor working environment that facilitates collaboration and productivity. This pop-up office concept, curated and managed by the Rosslyn BID, was located in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park from October through November 2020, and will return in the spring of 2021.

The space prioritized health and safety, with signage, properly spaced workstations, one-way flow of traffic and a cleaning schedule to sanitize each workstation in between use. Additionally, the online reservation system and check-in desk helped streamline operations, control capacity and ensure a seamless experience.

With a long-term goal of increased accessibility to Arlington’s public spaces and natural resources, we also installed free high-speed Wi-Fi in the park that is available to the community even when O2 is not operating.

O2 received overwhelmingly positive feedback from the community and local businesses, as it allowed the broad community to access a safe and productive work environment, support local restaurants and feel connected again to the place they know and love.

Project Details

O2: Outdoor Office

Rosslyn Business Improvement District


Public Space Management and Operations
$4000001 - $5000000