Why does Marriott International need to move from its current headquarters?
Marriott has been in its current location on Fernwood Road since 1978. In that time, the company has grown exponentially. With its acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts in September 2016, Marriott’s portfolio has grown to 30 leading hotel brands spanning 127 countries and territories with more than 700,000 individuals wearing the Marriott badge worldwide. As Marriott strives to be the world’s favorite travel company, it needs a headquarters that empowers and enables its associates to accomplish this global mission.
Why downtown Bethesda?
Aside from offering a vibrant, mixed-use, urban community with more than 200 restaurants, over 500 retail shops, and 20 arts and entertainment venues, downtown Bethesda is a location that is true to the roots of the company’s founding. Even with its global presence and diverse collection of associates, the company recognizes how important Bethesda has been to its corporate history and how impactful having a headquarters in downtown Bethesda can be to attract and retain top talent.
Where exactly is this site?
The selected site is located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue, situated at the corner of Wisconsin and Norfolk avenues, and spans approximately two acres between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues with Norfolk Avenue at its northern boundary.
Why was this site selected?
The selected site on Wisconsin Avenue is ideally located just a short walk to the Bethesda Metro station and adjacent to ample parking options. It is near the heart of the Bethesda Central Business District with abundant resources for dining, shopping, and other services that will support Marriott, its guests, and associates.
This location is also ideally situated to allow access from both Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues as well as from Old Georgetown Road, where Garage 11 is located, the garage that Marriott ¬— through an agreement with Montgomery County ¬— will have exclusive access to during normal business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET). This is an important consideration for ease of access. For more information, visit the Location page.
What will be built? When will it open?
The new Marriott International campus will include a 785,000 square-foot office building, an adjacent 244-room Marriott Hotel, and a plaza spanning between the two buildings. This plaza will include an open, public connection between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. The office building and hotel will open in mid-2022.
How tall will the buildings be?
The office building will be 22 stories tall and the Marriott Hotel will be 12 stories tall.
Tell me more about the hotel.
The new, full-service Marriott Hotel will include 244 rooms and more than 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The hotel will offer guests and the public access to a coffee shop, a roof-top bar and lounge, and a contemporary neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza.
How does the community benefit from Marriott International’s relocation to downtown Bethesda?
Marriott has been a responsible corporate partner in Montgomery County for more than 60 years. Moving the headquarters to downtown Bethesda means jobs remain in Montgomery County and downtown Bethesda’s restaurants, shops, and services are anticipated to benefit from the influx of spending from Marriott associates.
In addition, Marriott has a legacy of being an active and committed community partner, and fully intends to participate in the downtown Bethesda community through its service activities, such as Spirit to Serve Our Communities Day.
For more information, visit the Project Overview page.
Who is developing the new Marriott International headquarters?
The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties own the land and will jointly develop and own the office building. The Bernstein Companies will build and own the adjacent hotel. Marriott will manage both the office building and the hotel. For more information about the developers, visit the Developer’s page.
Is the new Marriott International headquarters included in the Downtown Bethesda Plan?
Yes. The Bethesda Downtown Plan sector plan has been approved. The new Marriott headquarters was required to undergo an approval process just as any other development would be required to do. For more information about the Bethesda Downtown Plan, visit the Montgomery County Department of Planning website.
Where will Marriott International associates park?
The development concept includes more than 800 on-site underground parking spaces to be shared by the office building and the hotel. Under the terms of an agreement with Montgomery County, Marriott will have exclusive use of Garage 11 located at 7730 Woodmont Avenue for Marriott associates and visitors during normal business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET). It will open to the public after business hours during the week as well as all day on weekends and select federal holidays.
If Marriott International uses county garage space, won’t that greatly reduce available public parking?
Garage 11 will remain available to the public after 6 p.m. (ET) and all day on weekends and select federal holidays. In addition, there are several county parking facilities within a short walk of the selected site that have substantial available capacity. The Circulator bus provides free, convenient service between public parking garages throughout the Bethesda parking district. To view a map of public parking facilities in downtown Bethesda, visit the Montgomery County Department of Transportation website.
Where are the other parking garages near Garage 11?
There are five other county parking facilities within walking distance to Garage 11 that have substantial available capacity, including:
- Garage 40 (4935 St. Elmo Avenue)
- Garage 49 (7601 Woodmont Avenue)
- Garage 42 (4720 Cheltenham Drive)
- Garage 36 (4907 Del Ray Avenue)
- Lot 41 (4538 Middleton Lane)
How can I learn more about the development process?
For all questions about development and construction, please visit our Developer’s page.