BETHESDA, Md. — Marriott International has broken ground on its future headquarters and Marriott Hotel in downtown Bethesda, Md.
J.W. Marriott Jr., executive chairman and chairman of the board of Marriott International, opened the ceremony by welcoming Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, Montgomery County executive Isiah Leggett and other public and private dignitaries to celebrate the first phase of construction of the company’s new headquarters.
Marriott International president and CEO, Arne Sorenson, pushed Marriott’s move from its current suburban location to a walkable, transit-oriented environment.
“We are thrilled to be recommitting ourselves to Maryland and investing in Bethesda,” says 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.”
The new campus will feature 785,000 sq. ft. of office space to support approximately 3,500 associates, as well as state-of-the-art technology, modern amenities, a childcare center, fitness center and cafeteria. The on-site Marriott Hotel will feature 244 rooms, 8,000 sq. ft. of meeting and ballroom space, a coffee shop, restaurant and roof-top bar and lounge.