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Make your next event a unique one at the new DC Water headquarters, HQO, in Navy Yard. Each of our five indoor and outdoor event spaces in our LEED Platinum + certified facility offer stunning views  of the Anacostia River.

The building is constructed with undulating glass, sitting on the edge of the river. A 360-degree view awaits you when you reach our rooftop. To book an event, take a tour, or for more information on pricing and availability, please fill out the contact form below.

Venue Options


The 13,270 square foot lobby wraps around the building leading to a rotunda. The walls of the open entryway describe the unique design of the space. This area is great for receptions, happy hours, dancing and short programs in the rotunda. It can accommodate up to 200 people (at 25% capacity, 50 people).

HQO was built around an existing pump station, creating its unique shape. There are several cut-outs into the pump station throughout the lobby.


Enjoy beautiful views of the water from the patio, scan the horizon for wildlife–you may even be lucky enough to see a bald eagle or osprey. All of the landscaping is native to the area. It’s great for barbecues or seated meals and both informal or formal events. This space accommodates up to 200 seated guests (25% capacity, 50 guests).

Explore the patio with our 360 tour

First Floor Lobby (A)

13,270 square ft
Reception: 200
Phase 2 Capacity: 50

First Floor Patio (B)

2,500 square ft
Seated Meal: 200
Reception: 200
Phase 2 Capacity: 50

First Floor Plan

Second Floor Atrium

The atrium is great for receptions, a buffet area, and conferences when coupled with the Boardroom. Six break-out rooms are available for conference use. This space accommodates up to 300 standing guests. Note: We are not scheduling conferences or board meetings in 2021. 


The boardroom is on the second floor. It’s great for formal dining and conferences or meetings. It can seat 160 guests (25% capacity is 40 guests) and comes with an A/V system with projector and six simultaneous displays. 

Please note we are not renting out the Boardroom in 2021. 

Second Floor Boardroom (B)

2,975 square ft
Seated Meal: 160
Reception: 160
Conference: 160
Unavailable in 2021

Second Floor Atrium (D)

4,100 square ft
Reception: 300
Phase 2 Capacity: 50

Second Floor Plan


Enjoy stunning views of the city and the Anacostia river on our rooftop. It’s the perfect spot for receptions, happy hours, and dancing for up to 300 guests (75 guests at 25% capacity). The rooftop has restrooms and a kitchen so you’ll never need to leave this tranquil space once you arrive.

All rainwater that falls on the roof is collected here and reused throughout the building.

Roof (E)

7,900 square ft
Seated Meal: 300
Reception: 300
Phase 2 Capacity: 75

Rooftop floor plan

Our Partners

Preferred Vendors

Event Production: Hutchinson Design Group

DJ Face
Scorpio Entertainment
DJ Civil

Furniture Rentals
AAA Party Rentals
Table Manners 

A/V: Cisco T Productions

Photographers: Platinum Photography 

Local Hotel Partners: Courtyard by Marriott Navy Yard – 202-479-0027

Other: John Farr Lighting


We’re so glad you’re interested in renting space. Please fill out our contact form below and we’ll follow up with you.

How does booking work?

Dates are reserved on a first-come, first-serve basis.  Tentative holds are allowed for a 48 hour period in order to review the contract. To secure a date,  we must receive a completed and signed contract with a deposit of 20% towards the final fee. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to the event.

We’re right on the Anacostia River in Navy Yard and across the street from Nationals Park. Our street address is 1385 Canal St SE. 

    • Metro Access
      • Take the Green Line to Navy Yard-Ballpark and walk 5 minutes south on 4th Street.
      • There are also several bus stops close to us.
    • Driving
      • We’re across the street from the Nationals Stadium and just a few blocks from I-295 and I-695.
        • From I-295, take the exit toward M Street/Washington/Navy Yard from I-695 W.
        • From I-695, take the exit towards South Capitol St/Nationals Park or the M St exit.
      • We have accessible parking spots for guests with disabilities at our venue as well as parking for the event planners and caterers only. 
      • Your guests should use street parking or one of the lots nearby. We encourage ride-share or Metro. 

Do you have indoor and outdoor ceremony spaces?

HQO is a blank slate on which to design your perfect event. We have multiple outdoor ceremony options including a stunning rooftop deck perfect for private ceremonies. Our first floor patio can be used for cocktail hour after the ceremony.

Is the venue handicap accessible?

Yes, HQO has wheelchair accessibility, ADA restrooms and handicap accessible parking.

Are there sound restrictions on the rooftop?

Yes, music must be turned off outside by 11:30 pm.

Do you operate with a preferred list of vendors?

Yes. We are thrilled to share our list of preferred vendors, which we have compiled for a completely stress-free planning process for our booked clients. If you would like to use a caterer that is not on our preferred list, a 10% fee will be applied to your rental fee and you’ll need prior approval from us. Alcohol must be provided through a licensed and insured caterer.

Do you provide any in-house rental furniture?

We are a blank canvas, so the rental rate includes the venue with no furniture. AAA Rentals and Table Manners are our preferred vendors. However you can use your own vendor.

Do you offer on-site wedding coordination? If so, what services are included and is there an additional charge for them? How much assistance can I get with the setup/décor?

A wedding coordinator is not included in the rental agreement. However we work with full-service planners Hutchinson Design Group, whose contact information is on our preferred vendors list. 

What A/V equipment do you have available for use?

The boardroom has an A/V system with a projector and 6 simultaneous displays included that requires a computer with a HDMI connection. Other A/V requirements can be provided by one of our preferred vendors.

We like to say yes, but the following activities are not allowed:  

  • Cigarettes (including e-cigarettes) and cigar smoking anywhere.
  • Smoke, fog, or haze producing equipment of any kind.
  • Open flames of any kind including candles (unless candle is enclosed or votive).
  • Any materials nailed, tied, or taped to the building (with the exception of electrical cords) or furnishings.
  • Helium balloons (inside) and moon bounces (inside or out)
  • Throwing of rice, confetti, birdseed, plant seed or other materials.

First Floor Lobby 

13,270 square ft

Reception: 200

First Floor Patio 

2,500 square ft

Seated Meal: 200

Reception: 200

Second Floor Atrium 

4,100 square ft

Reception: 300


7,900 square ft

Seated Meal: 300

Reception: 300

The rental rate includes kitchen space for caterers, bathrooms, a wellness room, security and an on-site venue manager for the duration of the event. We are a blank canvas.

Will the Venue be occupied with another event the day of my event?

The entire venue is exclusive for your event only.

If it looks like rain on the day of my event, can I move it indoors?

If weather is a concern, a final decision on moving your event inside must be made by 10am the day before. We have multiple weather contingency options for our clients.

Are we allowed rehearsal time at HQO Waterside Events?

Yes, the rental fee includes a one-hour rehearsal time. Rehearsal times are based on venue availability. If an event is booked the evening before your rental, the booked event will take precedence and your rehearsal time will be scheduled for the morning of your event or an alternate day of the week, per your preference. Your rehearsal date and time will be confirmed 30 days prior to your event.

What is the clean up policy?

All items brought by you, your vendors, or your guests are to be removed from the indoor space 30 minutes after the end of your rental period. Catering vendors must leave the catering kitchen in the same condition as when they entered.

What is your policy regarding setup or cleanup outside the rental agreement hours?

In order to give every couple sole use of the Venue and grounds on their wedding day, we cannot offer setup before the agreed rental period.  Extra hours outside the rental period may be purchased additionally per hour.

Yes, we partner with the Courtyard by Marriott Navy Yard.

What is the payment schedule?

20% of the total rental agreement is due upon reserving. The remaining balance is due 14 days prior to your event.

What is your cancellation/refund process?

Given COVID restrictions, until 75% or more of the adult population in the US have been vaccinated or sports venues are at 50% or greater capacity, we will refund:

  • 100% of the deposit if you cancel 30 days or more prior to the event
  • 50% from 29 to 14 days
  • 25% with less than 14 days.

If we remain closed and/or limited in operations, 100% is refundable at any time.

To schedule your event or a tour, please contact us below.

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