Development Update: Week of March 15, 2021

March 15th, 2021

Marriott International Headquarters & Marriott Hotel

Week of March 15, 2021

On March 22, hardscape work is expected to begin along the Norfolk and Woodmont Avenues near the entrance of Tastee Diner. As the work proceeds, the development team is coordinating with the restaurants and Bethesda Place to ensure access is maintained throughout the duration of this work. This work supports the installation of a crosswalk across Woodmont Avenue, which includes the removal of pavers to accommodate laying new traffic signaling pathways. Once this work begins, all pedestrians will be required to use the sidewalk along Woodmont’s west side until the work is completed.

The development team recently passed several milestones. The remainder of the office building’s rooftop equipment has been raised and installed. On the exterior façade, installation of the curtain wall is now complete. Along Wisconsin Avenue, WSSC finalized the remaining abandonments, which marks the completion of all WSSC’s underground work for the project. Inside the buildings, work continues with the installation of mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work ongoing.

Last Saturday, the remaining tower crane on the site, positioned between the office building and hotel building, was removed along Woodmont Avenue. After the temporary road and sidewalk closures, access was quickly restored and vehicular and pedestrian traffic returned to normal.


News from Marriott International:

Announcing a $20 Million Endowment at Howard University to Establish the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership

On February 24, 2021, the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation, together with Howard University, announced the establishment of the Marriott-Sorenson Center for Hospitality Leadership in honor of Marriott International’s beloved president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, who tragically passed away last week from pancreatic cancer. The J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation will provide a $20 million endowment to launch the Center at Howard University, one of the nation’s leading historically Black colleges and universities.

In addition, Marriott International announced the creation of the Arne M. Sorenson Hospitality Fund which will support the critical programmatic and career development elements of the Center. Read more here.


From Knife Skills to Life Skills

For years, Marriott International has supported DC Central Kitchen and its Culinary Job Training program, which trains adults facing high barriers to employment in culinary arts and work readiness skills.

Meet Trenisha, a graduate of the program who was recently interviewed by the DC Patch. Since the interview, Trenisha has secured a new managerial position at a local restaurant. Read more here.



Marriott International Makes Newsweek’s List of Most Responsible Companies

Marriott International has been included on Newsweek’s America’s Most Responsible Companies 2021 List. The list evaluates the top companies committed to giving back to their local communities and protecting the environment. This is the second year Newsweek has produced this ranking, with Marriott included both years.

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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.


Have a Question or Comment?

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