Project Overview

Vision

Marriott International is excited about its new global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. The company has called Montgomery County, MD, home since 1955, and 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 a promise — that started with Marriott’s founders nearly 100 years ago. Today, Marriott International continues that legacy as the company finally realizes its vision for an urban campus and begins its next era in downtown Bethesda.

 

The company’s goal is to provide its associates with a modern, cutting-edge workplace that incorporates state-of-the-art technology and provides an attractive and functional space that will help attract and retain top talent. Downtown Bethesda offers a vibrant, mixed-use urban community with outstanding amenities and lifestyle opportunities, as well as multiple modes of public transportation, including easy access to Metro, making it the perfect place for Marriott International to continue its work as the world’s leading and largest hospitality company for generations to come.

 

Project Team

Marriott International leases and manages both the office building and the hotel. The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties are joint venture owners of the land and jointly developed and own the office building. The Bernstein Companies exclusively own the adjacent hotel and developed the hotel. Additional team members include JLL, who served as Marriott’s real estate advisor for the site selection and negotiation process. Gensler, a global design firm and workplace strategy partner, was the project’s architect of record. Hensel Phelps was the project’s general contractor for the construction of the core structure, while rand* Construction was the project’s general contractor for the interior. Several additional consulting firms assisted the Marriott International relocation team’s legal, financial, and public relations needs.

For more information about the developers, visit the Developer’s page.

 

Project Overview

The new Marriott International headquarters building stands 22 stories tall (21 plus the mezzanine level) and provides approximately 785,000 gross square feet for 3,500+ Marriott International associates. Featuring 486 offices, 2,346 workstations, 3,232 lockers, and 210+ conference rooms (supporting 2-18+ people), the new headquarters building is designed to provide new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces. The building also meets LEED Gold standards and also offers state-of-the-art technology throughout, as well as an abundance of modern amenities to Marriott associates including a childcare center, a fitness center, and a cafeteria.

The new Marriott Hotel stands 12-stories tall adjacent to the office building. The full-service hotel features 244 rooms and more than 8,000 gross square feet of flexible meeting and ballroom space and offers guests (as well as the public) access to several amenities, including a contemporary neighborhood restaurant serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza, as well as a specialty coffee shop and café, along with a rooftop dining terrace.

A five-level, below-grade parking garage featuring spaces for 811 vehicles. The garage connects to both the hotel and headquarters building.

The project’s development team held a ceremonial groundbreaking on June 21, 2018, followed by demolition and construction lasting about three years. The Marriott Hotel opened in January 2022, and Marriott International associates began a phased move into their new space in July 2022.

 

Location, Access, and Parking

The new Marriott International headquarters building is located at 7750 Wisconsin Avenue in Bethesda, MD. The building is situated between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues, with Norfolk Avenue at its northern boundary, and spans approximately 2.25 acres. Previous landmarks on the site include the Blackwell Building, the Bethesda Court Hotel, and the Conner Building.

Unlike Marriott International’s former headquarters, which was located in a suburban office park nearby and had limited access to public transportation, the new, urban location offers a range of convenient transportation options. Located just a short walk from the Bethesda Metro station, the new headquarters and hotel is situated in an ideal location for easy access by headquarters associates and hotel guests alike. Along with WMATA Metro rail and bus, and the free Bethesda Circulator bus, as well as convenient walking and biking opportunities within Bethesda’s urban core, 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 the short, four-minute walk to the Bethesda Metro station along the Red Line, with its location just minutes from the future Purple Line.

Pedestrians enjoy easy access, with tree-lined walkways surrounding the campus, as well as a 13,000 square foot outdoor pedestrian plaza, which provides an active, public thoroughfare between Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues. A crosswalk on Woodmont Avenue provides safe, convenient access to Garage 11, located one block west of the campus at 7730 Woodmont Avenue. On-site bicycle storage facilities are also available for associates to exercise personal modes of transportation.

Parking for Marriott International associates is also available on-site with a five-level, below-grade parking garage featuring spaces for 811 vehicles. The garage connects to both the hotel and headquarters building, and vehicle entrances are located on both Wisconsin and Woodmont avenues.

In addition, under the terms of an agreement with Montgomery County, Marriott International associates will have exclusive use of County Garage 11 during weekday business hours (7 a.m. – 6 p.m. ET). However, Garage 11 will remain open for public use outside of normal business hours, during the evenings, on weekends, and on select federal holidays.

Nearby, there are five additional Montgomery County parking facilities within walking distance of the campus, each 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)

 

Economic Impact

Marriott International and its hotels have been an economic driver in Montgomery County, the region, and the state since first relocating to Bethesda in 1955. Marriott International employs more than 10,000 workers in Maryland between its corporate offices and nearly 100 hotels, which include a combined 18,000+ guest rooms. More than half of these workers are in Montgomery County, and more than 3,500 people are based at the company’s headquarters alone. With such a large local footprint, both state and local leaders made every effort to encourage Marriott International to remain in Montgomery County in order to retain the many economic benefits and job opportunities that the company provides.

Beyond this company’s presence, the consumer spending of its associates, visitors, and customers, along with the company’s own business spending, will continue to generate billions of dollars in local economic activity each year. For example, the new headquarters is located near more than 200 restaurants, 500 retail shops and services, and 20 arts and entertainment venues that will support both Marriott’s corporate operations and its associates, as well as its hotel guests. Marriott International also anticipates many of its associates will be attracted to live nearby and along public transit lines, further boosting the local economy as they (and their families) make their home in the greater Bethesda area.

Estimates* of the positive economic benefits of the new headquarters, both during construction and long-term, include:

  • $89 million in construction salaries over 2.5 years.
  • $2.3 billion in business activity within the first year of opening the new headquarters, spurred by supplier purchasing and economic activity from Marriott associates.
  • Continued spending with Maryland companies that support the hospitality industry; in 2016 alone, its supplier purchasing within the state was approximately $500 million.
  • Up to $1.8 billion in property, income, and sales tax revenue for local taxing districts over 20 years.
  • $2 million per year contributed to Bethesda’s parking district fund, thanks to Marriott’s agreement with Montgomery County for access to Garage 11.
  • The continued investment of headquarters and hotel associates, as well as their families, as they patronize the restaurants, shops and services in Bethesda and Montgomery County at large, and make their homes in the region for generations to come.
  • Creating greater transit use and contributing to fares.
  • Adding an attractive addition to the Bethesda skyline as envisioned by county planners.
  • Building an environmentally friendly complex utilizing the latest green technology.

*Source: Impact DataSource, September 2016