Development Update: Week of June 1, 2020

May 29th, 2020

Marriott International Headquarters

Week of June 1, 2020

The office building structure is now reaching the eleventh floor, just as the hotel structure is framing the ninth. Adjacent to Wisconsin Avenue and Woodmont Avenue, the installation of hoists to facilitate the delivery of materials for the office and hotel structures respectively continues and, both are anticipated to be fully operational in early June.

As the buildings reach higher, the cranes will be rising as well, supported by on-site crews most days this week. No additional street closures or noise is expected as most of the site utility work being performed during nighttime hours and weekends has been completed. However, early morning deliveries and placement of concrete continue most days beginning a 5:30 a.m. and will continue into the fall. Meanwhile, deliveries of the exterior window system have begun and installation will begin in early June.

Please note that construction activities at the Marriott site will not conflict in any way with the plans underway for the Montgomery County “Shared Streets” initiative being coordinated by MCDOT and Bethesda Urban Partnership along Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues downtown Bethesda.

Throughout this project, approved Montgomery County and State Highway traffic and pedestrian control plans ensure minimal impact to traffic flow around the construction site. Along Woodmont and Norfolk Avenues, walkways with overhead protection now allow for uninterrupted pedestrian access throughout the project. Pedestrian access is now aided by wayfinding signage at the entrances of these covered walkways. Along Wisconsin Avenue, pedestrians are redirected to use the east sidewalk for their safety. Access along the west side has been closed following State Highway approvals. For available walkways around the construction site along Woodmont, Norfolk, and Wisconsin Avenues, view the pedestrian site logistics plan here. The safety of commuters and pedestrians around the construction site is vitally important, so we ask that you please be vigilant and pay close attention to detour signs and flagging operators as they help to ensure your safety, direct traffic, and minimize disruptions.


Virtual construction update community meetings

The development team is committed to an open dialog with the Bethesda community and holds monthly virtual construction update community meetings that are open to the general public. On the first Tuesday of each month, join the team online for a live presentation and Q&A about the Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel in downtown Bethesda, MD.

Our next virtual construction update community meeting is being held on Tuesday, June 2, at 6:00 PM EDT. Please join online then by selecting this link.

During the presentation, you may use the Q&A feature to ask the team a question. Prior to or after the presentation, we encourage you to submit any development and construction-related questions and comments to, or call (240) 514-7831 to leave a voicemail message.


Watch live construction time-lapse

You can see a live construction camera featuring a 24/7 time-lapse view of the development site.

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For questions, contact Barney Silver, Vice President, Construction at Boston Properties; or Alex Paschalides, Project Manager at Hensel Phelps. Please send your email to or call (240) 514-7831 to leave a voicemail message.