Marriott International is excited about its choice for a new global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue, the new office building will be just a short walk from the Bethesda Metro, an ideal location for its associates and visitors as well as a perfect location to accommodate its vision for an urban campus with an adjacent 244-room Marriott Hotel. The office building and hotel are located on the west side of Wisconsin Avenue at Norfolk Avenue and span two blocks to the south and one block to the west toward Woodmont Avenue.
The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties own the land and will jointly develop and own the office building. The Bernstein Companies will develop and own the adjacent hotel. Marriott International will manage both the office building and the hotel. For more information about the developers, visit the Developer’s page.
Marriott International has called Montgomery County, Maryland, home for more than 60 years. The company takes great pride in the strong relationships it has developed and the contributions it has made as a committed community partner. That’s a tradition — and promise — that started with Marriott’s founders more than 90 years ago. Marriott looks forward to adding to that legacy as the company moves to downtown Bethesda and continues its work as the world’s leading hospitality company.
For Marriott International associates, the new office building will be a cutting-edge and sustainable workplace, offering state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and access to a range of transportation options, including the Bethesda Metro and the free Bethesda Circulator bus, along with parking on-site and at nearby garages. With more than 785,000 square feet of office space, the office building will be designed to LEED GOLD standards and provide new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces. The office building will also offer Marriott associates a childcare center, a fitness center, and a cafeteria, which associates currently enjoy at the Fernwood Road headquarters.
For the community, the project includes a new, full-service Marriott Hotel with 244 rooms and more than 8,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. The hotel will offer guests and the public access to a coffee shop, a roof-top bar and lounge, and a contemporary neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza.
The new Marriott International headquarters will be located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue and will encompass the area between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues from Norfolk Avenue on the north to 7700 Wisconsin Avenue on the south. Previous landmarks on the site included the Blackwell Building, the Bethesda Court Hotel, and the Conner Building. The site is near more than 200 restaurants and over 500 retail shops and services that will support both Marriott corporate operations and its associates.
Marriott will have exclusive business-hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) use of county Garage 11, located behind the site at 7730 Woodmont Avenue, for its associate and visitors; however, Garage 11 will remain open for public use after normal business hours, during the evenings, throughout weekends, and on select federal holidays.
There are five other county parking facilities within walking distance to Garage 11 with substantial available capacity, including:
- Garage 40—4935 St. Elmo Avenue
- Garage 49—7601 Woodmont Avenue
- Garage 42—4720 Cheltenham Drive
- Garage 36—4907 Del Ray Avenue
- Lot 41—4538 Middleton Lane
WalkScore.com calls this location a “walker’s paradise” with a score of 98 out of 100. It also receives a good transit score thanks to a short, four-minute walk to the Bethesda Metro station along the Red Line.
Access and Parking
Compared to Marriott International’s current headquarters located on Fernwood Road, which has limited access to public transportation, the new, urban location will offer a range of options, from rail and bus to walking and biking.
A key feature of the new office building will be the ability to have vehicle entrances on both Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. The site plan also allows for a new pedestrian plaza, an active space that will provide a public throughway between Wisconsin and Woodmont.
Plans include roughly 800 spaces of on-site, underground parking to be shared by the office building and the hotel. Under an agreement with Montgomery County, Marriott International will also have exclusive use of county Garage 11 for its associates and guests during normal business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET) ; however, the garage will remain open for public use after normal business hours, during the evenings, throughout weekends, and on select federal holidays.
For more information, visit the Location page.
The company supports more than 10,000 jobs in Maryland across corporate offices and nearly 100 hotels. More than half the locations are located in Montgomery County, with more than 3,500 people based at Marriott’s headquarters. Both state and local leaders worked to keep Marriott in Montgomery County to retain the economic base and jobs the company provides.
Marriott will continue to support more than 3,500 associates at its new urban campus. In addition, the consumer spending of its associates, visitors, and customers, along with its business spending, will continue to generate billions of dollars in local economic activity. Marriott anticipates many of its associates will be attracted to live in the greater Bethesda area, further boosting the local economy.
On a broader scale, there are many estimated positive impacts, both immediate and long-term, including:
- $89 million in construction salaries over 2.5 years.
- $2.3 billion in annual business activity spurred by supplier purchasing and economic activity from Marriott associates.
- Continued spending with Maryland companies; in 2016 alone, its supplier purchasing within the state was approximately $500 million.
- $1.8 billion in local property, income and sales tax revenue over 20 years.
- Adding an attractive addition to the Bethesda skyline as envisioned by county planners.
- Building an environmentally-friendly complex utilizing the latest green technology.
- Creating greater transit use and contributing to fares.
- Millions of dollars contributed to Bethesda’s parking district fund, thanks to Marriott’s agreement with the county for exclusive access to Garage 11.