Marriott International leadership and cohorts from Bernstein Cos. and Boston Properties take part in a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, June 21, at the site of Marriott’s new $600 million headquarters in downtown Bethesda, Maryland. Arne Sorenson, president and CEO of Marriott, is sixth from left; J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board, is fifth from right.

MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL HELD a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, June 21, at the site in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, where its new $600 million headquarters will open in 2022.

Marriott president and CEO Arne Sorenson launched the search for new digs in 2015, leading county and state officials to cut one of the largest real estate development deals in Maryland’s history.

That agreement includes a $60 million incentive package from Maryland and Montgomery County in exchange for Marriott’s promise to invest $600 million on the complex and keep its 3,500 employees in Maryland.

The site in downtown Bethesda is five miles from Marriott’s current main office in Rock Spring, a suburban business park. The new development will encompass two city blocks and include a 22-story office tower and a 244-room Marriott Hotel.

An architectural concept of Marriott’s new headquarters, which will include a 244-room Marriott hotel. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The Bernstein Cos. and its joint venture partner Boston Properties are project developers. They will jointly build the office tower, and Boston Properties will develop the hotel. Marriott will manage both assets. Bernstein Cos. owns the land which it acquired 30 years ago from the Mormon Church. The first order of business after the groundbreaking ceremony was the demolition of the 74-room Bethesda Court hotel to make way for the 1-million-square-foot project.

Present at the ceremony was Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett who led the campaign to keep Marriott in the county.  “Today is a special day in the county’s economic life,” he said.

J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International, opened the ceremony. “Montgomery County has been our home for more than 60 years and we take immense pride in this community and in the strong relationships we’ve developed here.

“From our humble roots as a nine-stool root beer stand in downtown Washington, D.C., to a hospitality company known around the world, we look forward to many more years together as we create a new, 21st century home in downtown Bethesda.”

As Marriott International’s 40-year lease in Rock Springs neared an end, Sorenson pushed for the company’s move from its suburban location to a walkable, transit-oriented environment.

“We are thrilled to be recommitting ourselves to Maryland and investing in Bethesda,” said Sorenson. “This location places Marriott in the heart of a vigorous, educated, and diverse community. We firmly believe downtown Bethesda is a vital economic engine with a very bright future and a great place to call home.”

Sorenson said the headquarters office building will be a cutting-edge, sustainable, workplace offering state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and easy access to a range of transportation options.

The building will have 785,000 square feet of office space. It is designed to LEED GOLD standards, allowing an abundance of natural light while providing new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces. The campus will also include employee perks such as a childcare center, a fitness center and a cafeteria.

The hotel will have more than 8,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space. It will have a coffee shop, a roof-top bar and lounge and a contemporary neighborhood restaurant with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza.

“For over 60 years, Marriott has shown such loyalty and commitment to the future of our state – infusing more than $430 million into our state economy,” said Gov. Larry Hogan at the event. “Today we are seeing even more proof, and a shining example, of the incredible progress we are making.”

As of 2017, Marriott International supported more than 10,000 jobs throughout Maryland, and approximately 6,100 in Montgomery County alone, making the company one of the county’s largest private employers.

The project will create $89 million in construction salaries over the next few years, $2.3 billion in business activities in its first year of operation, and up to $1.8 billion provided for local taxing districts over the next 20 years.MARRIOTT INTERNATIONAL HELD a ceremonial groundbreaking on Thursday, June 21, at the site in Bethesda, Montgomery County, Maryland, where its new $600 million headquarters will open in 2022.

Marriott president CEO Arne Sorenson launched the search for new digs in 2015, leading county and state officials to cut one of the largest real estate development deals in Maryland’s history.

That agreement includes a $60 million incentive package from Maryland and Montgomery County in exchange for Marriott’s promise to invest $600 on the complex and keep its 3,500 employees in Maryland.

The site in downtown Bethesda is five miles from Marriott’s current main office in the Rock Spring, a suburban business park. The development will encompass two city blocks and include a 22-story office tower and a 244-room Marriott Hotel.

An architectural concept of Marriott’s new headquarters, which will include a 244-room Marriott hotel. The project is expected to be completed in 2022.

The Bernstein Cos. and its joint venture partner Boston Properties are project developers. They will jointly build the office tower, and Boston Properties will develop the hotel. Marriott will manage both assets. Bernstein Cos. owns the land which it acquired 30 years ago from the Mormon Church. The first order of business after the groundbreaking ceremony was the demolition of the 74-room Bethesda Court hotel to make way for the 1-million-square-foot project.

Present at the ceremony was Montgomery County Executive Isiah Leggett who led the campaign to keep Marriott in the county.  “Today is a special day in the county’s economic life,” he said.

J.W. “Bill” Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International, opened the ceremony. “Montgomery County has been our home for more than 60 years and we take immense pride in this community and in the strong relationships we’ve developed here.

“From our humble roots as a nine-stool root beer stand in downtown Washington, D.C., to a hospitality company known around the world, we look forward to many more years together as we create a new, 21st century home in downtown Bethesda.”

As Marriott International’s 40-year lease in Rock Springs neared an end, Sorenson pushed for the company’s move from its suburban location to a walkable, transit-oriented environment.

“We are thrilled to be recommitting ourselves to Maryland and investing in Bethesda,” said Sorenson. “This location places Marriott in the heart of a vigorous, educated, and diverse community. We firmly believe downtown Bethesda is a vital economic engine with a very bright future and a great place to call home.”

Sorenson said the headquarters office building will be a cutting-edge, sustainable, workplace offering state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, and easy access to a range of transportation options.

The building will have 785,000 square feet of office space. It is designed to LEED GOLD standards, allowing an abundance of natural light while providing new opportunities for flexible, collaborative workspaces. The campus will also include employee perks such as a childcare center, a fitness center and a cafeteria.

The hotel will have more than 8,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space. It will have a coffee shop, a roof-top bar and lounge and a contemporary neighborhood restaurant with the option of outdoor dining on a pedestrian plaza.

“For over 60 years, Marriott has shown such loyalty and commitment to the future of our state – infusing more than $430 million into our state economy,” said Gov. Larry Hogan at the event. “Today we are seeing even more proof, and a shining example, of the incredible progress we are making.”

As of 2017, Marriott International supported more than 10,000 jobs throughout Maryland, and approximately 6,100 in Montgomery County alone, making the company one of the county’s largest private employers.

The project will create $89 million in construction salaries over the next few years, $2.3 billion in business activities in its first year of operation, and up to $1.8 billion provided for local taxing districts over the next 20 years.