Development Update: Week of September 21, 2020

September 24th, 2020

Marriott International Headquarters

The Latest Construction Update
Week of September 21, 2020

Work continues around the base of the construction site. Along Woodmont Avenue, excavating equipment is digging a 6-foot-wide trench to facilitate the installation of future telecommunications and signaling duct banks this fall. This work will continue for the next 5-6 weeks, at a rate of approximately 50 feet per day, moving southbound along Woodmont Avenue. No lane closures are expected as part of this work.

Elsewhere on the construction site, concrete pouring operations continue and are expected to be completed this fall. Deliveries and installation of curtain wall and glass continue, which can be seen rising up along the exterior façade of both buildings. Inside, buildout continues as mechanical, electrical, plumbing, masonry, and more are at different stages throughout all of the floors inside each of the office and hotel buildings.

Meanwhile, construction of the new Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel is fast approaching its next major milestone. Following the hotel building topping out, the office building next door is expected to top-out in early November 2020.


Virtual Community Meetings

The development team is committed to an open dialog with the Bethesda community and holds monthly virtual community meetings that are open to the public, where you are invited to join the team online for a live presentation and Q&A of the latest construction updates.

Our next virtual community meeting will be held Tuesday, October 6, at 6:00 PM EDT. Please join us online at that time by selecting this link.

Prior to the next community meeting, we encourage you to submit any development and construction-related questions and comments to, or call (240) 514-7831 to leave a voicemail message.


Your Safety Around the Construction Site

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.


Watch 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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Have a Question or Comment?

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.