Welcome to O2 2.0: The open-air, open-mind workspace that’s here to stay.
Work has evolved. So has Gateway Park.
The award-winning outdoor office will now have a year-round home in Rosslyn’s Gateway Park! O2: Outdoor Office was first launched in the fall of 2020 as a solution to the need for a safe, collaborative space in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Focused on helping people get out of their homes, O2 offered an extension of the office environment with the opportunity for safe collaboration that people were missing.
O2 filled this gap, but the pandemic triggered a shift in the office environment toward a model that would support a balance of employee productivity and wellness. Cue O2 2.0; a new hybrid workplace designed to provide that link between holistic wellness and productivity—more permanently meeting the evolving needs of workers in Rosslyn and beyond. This new iteration of O2: Outdoor Office is here to stay, as we welcome the evolution that prioritizes the health, creativity and wellness of the modern workforce.
What’s new with O2?
O2 2.0 brings even more amenities to make Gateway Park comfortable and conducive to outdoor work (and play). With free gigabit Wi-Fi and more permanent seating, O2 2.0 can be enjoyed by Rosslyn’s employees, residents and visitors year-round.
For three weeks this fall, a Rosslyn Ambassador will be onsite to oversee safety, sanitation, and answer any questions during business hours, Wednesday-Friday the week of October 11th, and Tuesday-Thursday for the weeks following from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
If you want to see if a space is available before coming to O2, call (703) 522-6628 or (571) 535-3088 and we will check for you! Anyone using the space will be able to check out portable chargers, blankets and more, free of charge.
Plus, Gateway Park will remain open to the public as usual during all O2 operating hours, so you can still enjoy this Rosslyn amenity even if you're not logging on! While you're there, consider lunch from any of these walkable restaurants nearby.
Upon request from businesses in the area, we can also set up specified meeting areas, supply tools and equipment, and cater to the unique needs of any team. Reach out directly to our Director of Engagement, Rob Rader, at email@example.com.
O2 2.0 represents the BID's commitment to the wellbeing of our community and a recognition of the benefits of outdoor public spaces. With the expansion of amenities in a variety of public outdoor spaces—starting with bringing Wi-Fi to Rosslyn’s Central Place Plaza and Dark Star Park—O2 is just the beginning.
This past year, O2 received the prestigious Downtown Achievement Award by the International Downtown Association (IDA), and many other BIDs and associations have since launched similar initiatives (including Downtown DC, New York, Pennsylvania, and Canada). We hope to see the vision behind O2 continue to inspire other organizations to help usher in a new era of holistic wellness in the workplace, now and into the future.