Why does Marriott need to move from its current headquarters?
Marriott moved to its existing site in the late 1970s. Its vision for its new headquarters is to provide a cutting-edge workplace for its associates, offering state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and access to a range of transportation options. The new offices, which will be just a short walk to the Bethesda Metro, will meet green building standards, allow abundant natural light and provide the company’s associates new opportunities for flexible, collaborative work spaces. The campus will offer a childcare center for associates, a fitness center, cafeteria, modern and flexible meeting and conference space and accessible parking onsite and at nearby garages. It will also include a new flagship Marriott hotel.

Why downtown Bethesda?
Downtown Bethesda offers a vibrant mixed-use, urban community with more than 200 restaurants, over 500 retail shops and 20 arts and entertainment venues—and all of these are accessible via the free Bethesda Circulator bus. In addition to the Circulator, there are multiple other modes of public transportation available in the downtown area, including access to Metro, which is important to attracting and retaining employees. It is a location that is true to the roots of the company founders and its corporate history.

Where exactly is this site?
The proposed site is located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue at Norfolk Avenue. The property is on the west side of Wisconsin and spans two-blocks south to 7770 Wisconsin Avenue and one block west to Woodmont Avenue.

Why was this site selected?
The selected location at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue is ideally situated just a short walk from Metro 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 employees.

This location is also ideally situated to allow vehicular ingress and egress from both Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues, as well as from Old Georgetown Road for the garage Marriott plans to used under an agreement with the county. This is an important consideration for ease of access.

The development concept presented by The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties meshed with Marriott’s vision for a modern urban campus and a collaborative workplace for its world-class team.

What will be built? When will it open?
The new $600 million Marriott headquarters envisions a state-of-the-art campus with an approximately 700,000-square-foot office building, a 230+ room Marriott hotel and a new pedestrian plaza connecting the two buildings that will also be open as a public connection between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. Under current plans, the office building and hotel would open in 2022.

Tell me more about the hotel
It will be a flagship Marriott hotel with over 8,000 square-feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space for meetings, conferences, banquets and events. The hotel will also offer exceptional dining and social amenities including a ground-floor restaurant offering outdoor dining on a new pedestrian plaza, a specialty coffee shop and a seasonal rooftop dining terrace.

How tall will the buildings be?
As currently envisioned, the office building is proposed for 22-stories. The hotel is proposed for 12 stories.

What does the community get out of Marriott’s relocation?
Marriott has been a responsible corporate partner in Montgomery County for nearly 60 years. First and foremost, the community keeps the 3,500 jobs at Marriott’s global headquarters. Downtown Bethesda specifically will benefit from the hundreds of Marriott associates who will no doubt contribute to the local economy on a daily basis with new spending at downtown restaurants, shops and services.

  • We believe that ultimately many associates—current and future—will be attracted to live in Bethesda and nearby areas with access to transit, a positive for these communities.
  • And Marriott has a legacy of being an active and committed community partner. We fully intend to participate in the downtown Bethesda community, as well.

On a broader scale, there are many other positives impacts, including:

  • An estimated $89 million in construction salaries over 2.5 years
  • An estimated $2.3 billion in annual business activity spurred by supplier purchasing and employee economic activity
  • Marriott will continue to spend millions with Maryland companies. In 2015, its supplier purchasing within the state was approximately $500 million
  • An estimated $1.8 billion in local property, income and sales tax revenue over 20 years as a result of Marriott’s presence in Bethesda.
  • Adding an attractive addition to the Bethesda skyline as envisioned by county planners
  • Building an environmentally friendly complex utilizing the latest green technology
  • Creating greater transit use, contributing to fare box collections

  • Who will develop the new Marriott headquarters?
    The Bernstein Companies owns the current land and is partnering with Boston Properties to jointly develop and own our headquarters campus. Marriott will lease the new office building and operate the hotel.

    Is the new Marriott headquarters included in the Downtown Bethesda Plan?
    The Bethesda Downtown Plan sector plan update has been in process for more than two years. While the new Marriott headquarters is not specifically included in the draft plan currently being considered by the County Council, it will be required to undergo an approval process just as any other development would be required to do.

    For more on the Bethesda Downtown Plan, visit the Montgomery County Department of Planning website by CLICKING HERE.

    Where will Marriott employees park?
    The development concept includes over 800 on-site underground parking spaces. Under the terms of an agreement with Montgomery County, Marriott also plans to have exclusive use of county Garage 11 at 7730 Woodmont Avenue for Marriott employees and visitors during weekday business hours. It will remain open to the public at all other times.

    If Marriott uses county garage space, won’t that greatly reduce available public parking?
    Garage 11 will remain available to the public on weekday evenings, and all day on weekends and holidays.

    In addition, there are several county parking facilities within a short walk of the selected Marriott 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 county’s online listing by CLICKING HERE.

    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.

    • Garage 40—4935 St. Elmo Avenue
    • Garage 49—7601 Woodmont Avenue
    • Garage 42—4720 Cheltenhem Drive
    • Garage 36—4907 Del Ray Avenue
    • Lot 41—4538 Middleton Lane

    To view a map of public parking facilities in downtown Bethesda, visit the county’s online listing by CLICKING HERE.

    Is this location Marriott’s final decision?
    Marriott considered several locations in downtown Bethesda, and selected the Bernstein-Boston Properties on Wisconsin. This is Marriott’s final choice subject only to finalizing a lease and receipt of required governmental approvals.