Montgomery County Leads Office Space Construction in D.C. Area

Image: The New U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) building expansion in North Bethesda

With a big help from the federal government, Maryland's "economic engine", Montgomery County, has managed to lead all jurisdictions outside the district in office space construction -- with nearly all of Montgomery County's primary office markets participating.

The latest data from Transwestern Mid-Atlantic with headquarters in Bethesda, shows office space construction in the county stands at nearly 2 million square feet, that puts it ahead of surrounding area jurisdictions including Fairfax and Arlington counties in Virginia.

The majority of the building was driven by federal government leases which allowed 96 percent of the office space under construction in the Maryland National Capital Region to be pre-leased according to the report.

Government leased projects include the new campus for the National Cancer Institute (NCI) on property owned by Johns Hopkins University. The National Cancer Institute is vacating facilities on the National Institutes of Health (NIH) campus in Bethesda and will occupy approximately 575,000 square feet being built on Medical Center drive in North Rockville by developer JBG Companies of Chevy Chase.

In North Bethesda, the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission (NRC) is expanding into approximately 358,000 square feet in a 14-strory high-rise that's part of the North Bethesda Center, a 32 acre, mixed-use project next to the White Flint metro station and being development by LCOR.

The latest project being leased by the federal government is also being developed by the JBG companies. Approximately 491,000 square feet of office space is being built-to-suit for the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID). Like NCI, the division is also expanding off the NIH campus. The new twin building setup will be located in the Twinbrook area of Rockville.

Projects underway from the private sector include the new headquarters of Choice Hotels at Rockville Town Center. The approximate 198,000 square foot office building is second phase of a three building office development by Foulger Pratt.

Germantown is also expanding its office market with an addition at the Milestone Corporate Center. Trammell Crow broke ground on 194,000 square foot building during the summer. It will become the new home of Digital Receiver Technology.

But the report compiled by Transwestern subsidiary Delta Associates in Alexandria, excluded office projects like biotech, United Therapeutics Headquarters under construction in downtown Silver Spring. If that project totaling 194,589 square feet was added to Montgomery County's construction total, it would push the County to over 2 million square feet underway.

Also excluded from the report is a major reconstruction project of 1960s era office high-rise in downtown Bethesda initiated last month. 7550 Wisconsin Ave is being redeveloped by D.C.-based Akridge, when complete the 120,000 square foot building will include a glass curtain wall facade.


Total Projects Under Construction in Surrounding Jurisdictions

Germantown - 194,400

North Rockville - 575,000

North Bethesda - 358,440

Rockville - 688,718

Montgomery County Total: 1,816,558 sq/ft


Rosslyn-Ballston - 1,318,365

Arlington County Total: 1,318,365 sq/ft


Springfield/Huntington/I-95 - 542,589

Merrifield - 94,873

Tysons Corner - 476,000

Fairfax County Total: 1,113,462 sq/ft


Beltsville/Calverton/College Park - 268,762

Prince George's County Total: 268,762 sq/ft


Loudoun County Total: 120,000 sq/ft


Prince William County Total: 45,000 sq/ft

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