Development Update: August 2, 2021

August 2nd, 2021

Marriott International Headquarters & Marriott Hotel

Construction of the new Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott hotel in downtown Bethesda, MD continues, with crews making substantial progress inside and out and the project is on track for completion.

The office building is being handed off in five tranches from Hensel Phelps, the general contractor responsible for the building’s core and shell, to rand* construction corporation, the general contractor responsible for the interior fit-out. Three of five tranches have been delivered since April, with the fourth and fifth tranches expected in the coming weeks and months.

Exterior accent lighting, a distinctive design feature of the office building, is now active and visible at night along Wisconsin Avenue, drawing the eye up toward the building’s rooftop. Along the office building’s southeast corner, the project’s only remaining hoist continues shuttling materials along the building’s height. The hoist is expected to stay in place until September or October.

Outside, work is underway on the plaza between the office and hotel buildings. When finished, the plaza will provide a lush, green thoroughfare for public access between Wisconsin and Woodmont Avenues. Underneath the plaza, a sophisticated stormwater management system is being installed. Following enough time for curing and testing to ensure a perfect seal, the work will continue above ground in the coming weeks on the plaza’s hardscape and landscape.

In the next couple of weeks, the sidewalk along Norfolk Avenue will be opened to pedestrian traffic. Throughout construction, pedestrians and vehicular commuters are advised to proceed with caution and follow all directional signage around the development site. The development team is also working closely with adjacent businesses and residences to ensure sufficient access is maintained through project completion.


News from Marriott International:

DC-Area Marriott Hotels Host Digital Food Donation Drive

From June 1 through August 31, 2021, Marriott hotels in the Greater Washington, DC area will be hosting a digital food donation drive for the Capital Area Food Bank, and participating is incredibly easy.

Guests and the general public can access the virtual giving page and purchase food items that will then be gifted to the food bank and distributed to communities in need. Guests will also see promotional and educational information in our participating area hotels. Using the QR code, guests can easily scan using their mobile device and donate immediately.

Read more from the Capital Area Food Bank blog »


MHQ Virtual Community Meeting

Join the development team for a live presentation

The development team of the new Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Hotel is committed to an open dialog with the Bethesda community and holds bi-monthly meetings open to the public. You’re invited to join the team for a brief presentation and the opportunity to ask you questions.

The next virtual community meeting will be:
Tuesday, August 3, 2021, at 6:00 PM ET

Join Zoom Meeting »

Meeting ID: 936 0380 7210
Passcode: 511431

Prefer to join by phone? Dial +1 (301) 715-8592

You may also use one-tap mobile: +13017158592,,93603807210#,,,,*511431#


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