Construction is well underway at Metropolitan Park, the first phase of Amazon’s second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. More than 3,500 Amazon employees are currently assigned to HQ2, and more than 2,500 technical and non-technical roles are open. In addition, Amazon has donated more than $30 million to the local nonprofits, community groups, and small businesses, including to organizations La Cocina and Bridges to Independence, since it announced that Arlington would be home to HQ2 three years ago. These commitments are in addition to Amazon’s announcement earlier this year to create the Amazon Housing Equity Fund, which has committed more than $500 million in low-rate loans and grants to create or preserve up to 2,300 affordable homes in the HQ2 region so far.

As the project progresses, commitment to community and sustainability remain top priorities. Met Park includes two 22-story office buildings, more than 50,000 square feet of retail space for local small businesses, and a more than 2-acre public park for the entire community to enjoy.

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o Two 22-story office buildings.
o More than 50,000 square feet of retail space for local small businesses.
o A 2-acre public park for the entire community to enjoy.

Met Park, which will be complete in 2023, is part Amazon’s $2.5 billion commitment to bring more than 25,000 great jobs to the region over the next decade.

Check out new renderings that detail what’s to come at Met Park:

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Aerial view of Met Park


Met Park consists of two new buildings encompassing more than 2 million square feet of sustainable workspace, retail, and open space.

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View from the park


A pair of exuberant and colorful glass towers are sculpted with deep setbacks to enable light and air to filter through the site while relating to the scale and rhythm of the surrounding neighborhood.

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Corner of 15th Street and Eads Street


Met Park is an important first step in creating a vibrant urban district where Amazon’s employees and the local community can live, work, and play.

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Rooftop terrace


Eight of Met Park’s 19 landscaped terraces will be actively programmed, with amenities ranging from outdoor meeting spaces and dog runs to an urban farm.

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Dog park


A dog park will be zoned with runs for big and small dogs.

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Event center from the corner of 15th and Eads


A 700-person meeting center will be available for use by Arlington County and community group.

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View of Met Park from park overlook


The vision for Met Park calls for an open and welcoming neighborhood integrated with its surrounding community.

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Event center interior


The event center will feature a timber ceiling, as well as sophisticated strategies to reflect and diffuse balanced sunlight throughout the multipurpose space.

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Retail along Eads Street


More than 50,000 square feet of lively ground-floor retail will target the needs of the neighborhood, including shops, restaurants, and a new daycare center.

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Corner of 15th and Eads Street


More than 50,000 square feet of lively ground-floor retail will target the needs of the neighborhood, including shops, restaurants, and a new daycare center.

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Corner of 15th and Eads Street


More than 50,000 square feet of lively ground-floor retail will target the needs of the neighborhood, including shops, restaurants, and a new daycare center.

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Lobbies


Energy-efficient “Eco Lobbies” will create a thermal transition zone between the exterior and interior. Overhead doors at the perimeter can be opened on nice days.

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Aerial view of public open space


The project will create two acres of actively-programmed public open space.

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Central green


A new central green at the heart of the park is envisioned as a space where the community can host movie nights and occasional festivals.

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The Forest Walk


The Forest Walk is one of several meandering paths through the park’s lush landscape.

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The Forest Walk


The park will feature the widespread use of native plants.

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Children’s play garden


A large play garden on the southwest corner of the park will feature forts, swings, climbing nets, and surrounding shade trees.

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Children’s play garden


A large play garden on the southwest corner of the park will feature forts, swings, climbing nets, and surrounding shade trees.

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Children’s play garden


A large play garden on the southwest corner of the park will feature forts, swings, climbing nets, and surrounding shade trees.

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Edible garden


An edible garden will feature a grove of fruit trees with picnic tables and is envisioned as a hub for community gatherings and celebrations.

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Overlook


An Overlook is situated with views of the Central Green.

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Overlook


An Overlook is situated with views of the Central Green.

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Overlook aerial


An Overlook is situated with views of the Central Green.

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Overlook and boulder garden


An Overlook is situated with views of the Central Green.

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Dog park


A dog park will be zoned with runs for big and small dogs.

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View looking north from plaza



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And, check out behind-the-scenes photos of the Met Park construction site:

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Local policymakers tour Amazon's Met Park construction site at HQ2.

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Local policymakers tour Amazon's Met Park construction site at HQ2.

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Amazon's Vice President of Public Policy, Brian Huseman, tours Met Park with Virginia Governor Ralph Northam.

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Virginia Governor Ralph Northam tours Met Park at Amazon's HQ2.

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Amazon Vice President of Public Policy Brian Huseman speaks to the crowd at the Met Park tour at HQ2.

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Keep reading or download the fact sheet to learn more about the new development at Amazon's second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Building Met Park

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  • Construction at Met Park began in early 2020 under strict health and safety guidelines, and Amazon will complete the project in 2023.
  • In total, the construction project is more than 2.1M square feet.
  • As of November, 2021, more than 100 local contractors have worked on the project.
  • More than 3,000 skilled craft workers specializing in fields including electrical, mechanical, concrete, and carpentry have contributed more than 1.4 million hours to the project.

Met Park includes:

  • Two 22-story office buildings.
  • More than 50,000 square feet of retail space for local small businesses.
  • A 2-acre public park for the entire community to enjoy.
  • The project needs 937 door frames that, if stacked, would equal the height of 12 Washington Monuments.
  • Once complete, the project will include 200,000 cubic yards of concrete, which is enough to fill the Lincoln Memorial Reflecting Pool six times.
  • Met Park will be bird friendly thanks to non-reflective glazing throughout the building and bird-safe glass on lower levels facing the park.

Sustainability

  • Met Park will play an important role in upholding Amazon’s Climate Pledge commitment to meet net zero carbon by 2040, 10 years ahead of the Paris Climate Agreement, and 100% renewable-energy use by 2030, with the entire development powered by energy generated at a new 45-megawatt solar farm being constructed in Pittsylvania County, Virginia.
  • For both Met Park office buildings, we are targeting Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum—the highest level of LEED certification.
  • An illustrated image that says "Met Park will be powered by energy generated at a new 45-megawatt solar farm being constructed in Pittsylvania County, Virginia."
    As part of that commitment, the project is on track to achieve and exceed the following goals:
    • 20% energy savings below The American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and AirConditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) baseline.
    • 50% water savings below building code thanks to low-flow water fixtures and using captured and treated rainwater and greywater for flush fixtures and cooling tower makeup.
    • 75% carbon emissions reduction in building operations through the use of renewable energy, an all-electric central plant, and high-performance systems that drive down Met Park’s energy demand.
    • Reducing the carbon footprint of our concrete structures by using low carbon mixtures and incorporating CarbonCure, a process that introduces recycled carbon dioxide into fresh concrete to reduce its carbon footprint without compromising performance.
    • 84% of all construction materials have been diverted from the landfill thus far, including concrete, drywall, metals, wood, cardboard, and plastic.
    • Met Park, which will be complete in 2023, is part Amazon’s $2.5 billion commitment to bring more than 25,000 great jobs to the region over the next decade.

Community commitment

Through its Met Park development, Amazon is contributing more than $20 million to Arlington County to fund the creation or preservation of committed affordable housing units.

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  • Met Park will include the 700-person event space built with 14,000-pound timber beams that will be used for Amazon and community events.
  • Amazon is prioritizing women-owned and minority-owned local small businesses to fill the more than 50,000 square feet of retail space at Met Park, including designated space for a daycare.
  • The first two retailers to sign leases at Met Park are District Dogs, a full-service petcare company, and RÄ€KO Coffee, a specialty coffee and cocktail day-to-night concept cafĂ©.
  • A half-mile of protected bike lanes will be incorporated into Met Park.
  • As of November, 2021, the crews working at Met Park have handed out more than 430 dog treats to neighborhood dogs to date.
  • The 2-acre park within the Met Park site will be open to the public to enjoy.
District Dogs and RĀKO Coffee are the first small businesses to sign leases at HQ2 as part of Amazon’s pledge to bring local, minority- and women-owned retailers to its second headquarters in Arlington, Virginia.

Community areas include:

  • An 8,800 square foot Central Green, an open lawn within the park, with capacity to host several hundred people for movie nights and events.
  • Two dog runs for small and large dogs, totaling 4,000 square feet.
  • A 5,000 square foot public playground.
  • A 2,300-square-foot landscaped garden with edible plants and a community table in the center for gathering.
  • Public arts throughout the park by national and local artists.
  • A variety of seating options, ranging from hammocks and lounge chairs to natural stone seating and custom benches.