Marriott International launches new global headquarters in Bethesda

JW “Bill” Marriott, Jr., chairman emeritus of Marriott International, cuts the cord on the grand opening of the company’s new headquarters in Bethesda. Flanking Marriott is David Marriott, Chairman, left, and Tony Capuano, CEO, right. Also pictured: Marriott President Stephanie Linnartz (third from right) and board member Debbie Marriott Harrison (third from left). (Photo courtesy of Marriott International)

After six years of planning, design and construction, Marriott International opened its global headquarters in downtown Bethesda, a 21-story, 785,000-square-foot, LEEDv4 Gold-certified building is the new workplace for corporate employees supporting over 8,100 hotels in 139 countries and territories throughout world.

Owned by The Bernstein Companies and Boston Properties, the Marriott officially celebrated the completion of its gradual move-in on Monday in a ribbon-cutting celebration.

Marriott’s new HQ campus, which includes the new Marriott Bethesda Downtown at the Marriott HQ hotel next door, is designed to enable connection, collaboration, growth, ideas and well-being through diverse and dynamic spaces and the latest technology.

The new building will also serve as a global hub for Marriott’s research and development operations, featuring its Innovation and Design Lab, a world-class test kitchen and beverage bar, as well as “model” hotel rooms in the adjacent Marriott hotel, where new concepts, design elements, service approaches and facilities will be tested for potential use across the company’s portfolio of 30 brands.

Offices line the interior of the building, so each attached workstation comes with views outside through floor-to-ceiling windows, and each desk will have access to natural light, a sit-stand desk and an ergonomic chair. Informal collaboration stations with mixed seating along the windows on each floor.

Building amenities include a 7,500-square-foot state-of-the-art health and fitness center; a wellness suite, which includes a nursing area, meditation room, massage chairs and treadmill tables; wellness, medical resources and health advisors; and a nearly 11,000-square-foot childcare center for up to 91 children (from infant to age five), with approximately 6,600 square feet of outdoor covered space for all-weather play, among many other associated features.

Marriott’s Design Lab is an 8,400-square-foot research and design laboratory for the hospitality industry, where Marriott’s partnerships and collaborations with forward-thinking companies that touch all aspects of hospitality – from textiles to technology to service – are explored, product tested and further developed to scale, first within its hotel brands and eventually throughout the industry. Room27, the primary Design Lab space, is named after the year of the company’s founding in 1927. It will be co-located with the F+B Design Studio, an approximately 4,400 square foot fully functioning test kitchen and bar room, designed studio-style for on-site educational presentations, virtual food and beverage demonstrations and testing of the latest trends in culinary and beverage innovations from hotels around the world.

The Marriott Bethesda Downtown at Marriott HQ, located right next door, will serve as an extension of Marriott’s Design Lab, featuring 13 fitting rooms that can each be customized to reflect different brands. Dubbed Floor57 after the year the company first entered the lodging industry, these active rooms are ready to implement design, technology and new product and service offerings with customers and other key stakeholders.

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