The Maryland Stadium Authority successfully completed its oversight responsibilities for the design and construction of the Montgomery County Conference Center (MCCC) October, 2004. The $36.5 million project was funded by Montgomery County and the Maryland Stadium Authority with the Stadium Authority issuing $23.1 million in revenue bonds. The Conference Center was built in conjunction with a hotel developed by Quadrangle Development Corporation in association with Marriott Hotels. Another Stadium Authority project completed on budget, the Conference Center received its occupancy permit four days ahead of schedule! The December 1st opening gala was attended by State officials, Montgomery County government representatives and public and private organizations from throughout Maryland.
Located in the heart of Bethesda, the MCCC features 35,000 square feet of meeting space including 21 meeting rooms. The 23,000 square foot ballroom can accommodate meetings ranging from 100 to 3,000 guests and may be utilized for receptions of 3,200 guests and seated banquets for 1,700 patrons. All lower level meeting rooms are in compliance with the standards established by the International Association of Conference Centers. Beautifully decorated in bold primary colors, the Conference Center provides an exciting atmosphere for all.
The adjoining 225-room Marriott hotel was developed by Quadrangle Development Corporation. Guest rooms offer high-speed internet access and other first-class amenities. The restaurant offers an expansive dining area at the convergence of the hotel and Conference Center and is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Additional amenities include an indoor pool, fitness center, business center and valet service. The hotel is equipped with state-of-the-art technology that enables conferences held in this facility to be broadcast throughout the country.
The easily accessible conference center/hotel facility is being utilized for conventions and meetings as well as for social events such as weddings, bat and bar-mitzvahs and other celebrations. Economic returns from the MCCC and hotel are exceeding the benefits projected for the facilities and the impact seems certain to continue in the future.
For information on holding your event at the Montgomery County Conference Center, please visit the web site.
Gary A. McGuigan
Quandrangle Development Center
Estimated $66 million