Development Update: January 18, 2022

January 18th, 2022

Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ

Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ Update

Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ anticipated opening in the first quarter of 2022 and now has an official opening date in March. The hotel and its restaurant, Seventh State, will be open to the public, including the rooftop bar, Hip Flask. The M Club, located on the first floor, will be open to Marriott Bonvoy Elite members who are guests at the hotel.

Marriott International Headquarters Update

The interior buildout remains on track for a phased associate move-in this summer.

To address community concerns about bright lighting emanating from the headquarters building, the development team activated the lighting control system so lights are turned off when not in use at night. Crews are working in the building each day and will make sure the lights are turned off or dimmed at night. As buildout continues, crews may be working until about 9 p.m.

When Marriott associates are moved in, non-emergency lighting will be programmed and occupancy driven. Lights will automatically shut down in all unoccupied spaces. As soon as the last person leaves a space, there will be a delay period of 10-15 minutes before the lights shut off completely or dim down to the levels required by safety code. Most interior lighting will be off in the evenings.

Other Updates

Lane restriping along Woodmont Avenue is nearly complete, reflecting reallocated space in alignment with MCDOT’s plan. Outstanding elements, such as the bike lane markings are pending warmer weather necessary for the paint application.

Updated signage regarding parking along Woodmont will be posted by the county.

The plaza is still under construction; upon completion, community members will have access to the public plaza. It will feature a signature tree located at the east end of the plaza adjacent to the headquarters building. The tree is a Valley Forge American elm, a type of tree that was originally cultivated in Maryland.

The streetscape improvements along Wisconsin Avenue are now complete.

Upcoming Virtual Community Meeting

Join the development team for a live presentation

The development team of the new Marriott International Headquarters and Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ is committed to an open dialogue 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 your questions.

The next virtual community meeting is:
Tuesday, February 1, 2022, at 6:00 PM ET

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 862 0766 8888

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

News from Marriott International

Washington Business Journal Citizenship Award 
Marriott International has been recognized as one of the 2021 Citizenship Award honorees by the Washington Business Journal (WBJ) for the company’s long-standing social impact partnership with Capital Area Food Bank. Read more here. As part of the WBJ’s Corporate Philanthropy Awards, Marriott was also ranked among the leading large companies for volunteerism and cash and in-kind giving in the Greater Washington area.

DC Central Kitchen Graduation 
Marriott International and the J. Willard and Alice S. Marriott Foundation sponsored the latest graduating class of DC Central Kitchen’s Culinary Job Training program, which prepares adults facing high barriers to employment for careers in the food service industry. A longtime DCCK supporter, Marriott also invited the class to tour the Gaylord National Harbor Resort and Convention Center, provided chefs to judge DCCK’s annual chili cookoff, and provided the graduation’s keynote speaker, Kori Johnson, General Manager of the Renaissance Downtown DC. Read more here.

Marriott International in the Press

Washington Business Journal: Marriott to launch research and development lab in its new Bethesda headquarters
January 6, 2022
Marriott International Inc. will launch a high-tech hospitality research and development lab at its new headquarters when it opens later this year.

MeetingsNet: New Marriott Hotel—and Headquarters—Coming Soon to Bethesda, Md.
January 4, 2022
The 245-room hotel opens March 1, with HQ to follow.

Washington Business Journal: Here’s a look inside Marriott International’s flagship Bethesda hotel
December 20, 2021
Downtown Bethesda’s skyline has changed dramatically over the past five years due to new residential and commercial development, and the latest addition to that vista, Marriott International Inc.’s new $600 million headquarters and adjacent flagship hotel, is just months until completion.

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