Development Update: Week of February 22, 2021

February 22nd, 2021

Marriott International Headquarters & Marriott Hotel

Week of February 22, 2021

Inside the buildings, the buildout continues with the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work ongoing, along with the installation of seventeen elevators inside the office building, and another five inside the hotel building. On the exterior façade, installation of the curtain wall continues and is now reaching the northside roof. The entire glass curtain wall will be completed in spring. Along Wisconsin Avenue at the base of the building, installation of the lobby’s glass wall continues.

On the office building’s rooftop, HVAC air handlers and generators were lifted by crane and installed earlier in February. Meanwhile, installation of the green roof continues as soil is gradually lifted by crane. The tower crane hovering above the office building was recently removed, and removal of the crane above the hotel building is currently scheduled to begin the week of March 8. The crane’s removal is scheduled to be completed on March 13 and temporary lane closures are anticipated, so drivers are advised to follow all traffic control measures.

Meanwhile along Woodmont Avenue, the telecommunications infrastructure is now complete and awaiting the installation of telecom cables. A crosswalk across Woodmont Avenue is scheduled and awaiting some additional underground work, which will require the removal pavers to accommodate laying new traffic signaling pathways between traffic signals along Woodmont Avenue’s east-side sidewalk, from Norfolk Avenue down to Old Georgetown Road. This work is expected to begin no earlier than mid-March. At that time, all pedestrians will be required to use the sidewalk along Woodmont’s west side.


News from Marriott International:

Marriott International Announces the Unexpected Passing of Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO

It is with profound sadness that Marriott International announces that Arne M. Sorenson, President and CEO, unexpectedly passed away on Feb. 15, 2021.

Mr. Sorenson became the third CEO in Marriott’s history in 2012, and the first without the Marriott surname. A visionary leader, Mr. Sorenson put the company on a strong growth trajectory that included the $13-billion acquisition of Starwood Hotels & Resorts. During his tenure as CEO, Mr. Sorenson was tireless in driving the company’s progress, creating opportunities for associates, growth for owners and franchisees and results for the company’s shareholders. Known for his leadership on difficult national and global issues, Mr. Sorenson steered Marriott to make significant progress on diversity, equity and inclusion, environmental sustainability and human trafficking awareness.

Read more here.


Marriott International a Proud Supporter of Interfaith Works in Montgomery County

Marriott International recently built upon its long-standing relationship with Interfaith Works by providing support to the leading poverty alleviation nonprofit’s Vocational Services Program. This program trains under-resourced residents of the Montgomery County community in workforce and life skills and helps place them into employment. Marriott has supported Interfaith Works, whose mission is to support those experiencing homelessness or living in poverty in Montgomery County, through financial support, volunteerism, and donation drives. Thanks to @InterfaithWorks for the shout-out on Twitter.


Upcoming Virtual Community Meeting

Join the development team for an upcoming live presentation. The development team of the Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel in downtown Bethesda, MD is committed to an open dialog with the Bethesda community and holds bi-monthly open community meetings virtually.

Mark your calendar for our next virtual community meeting on Tuesday, April 6, 2021 at 6:00 PM ET. Join Barney Silver, Boston Vice President of Construction, and Alex Paschalides, Hensel Phelps Project Manager, as they provide a live virtual presentation and answer your questions about the project.


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