September 3, 2020
New M-NCPPC 14-story LEED Platinum building will include six Montgomery County agencies; building is closed to the public due to COVID-19
WHEATON, MD –The Montgomery County Planning Department and Montgomery Parks, both part of The Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), have begun operations from the new M-NCPPC Wheaton Headquarters (WHQ, 2425 Reedie Drive, Wheaton, MD 20902). While the building is open for staff, many will continue to telework due to the COVID-19 crisis. The building will remain closed to the public until further notice.
The 14-story building, owned by M-NCPPC, is one of the first LEED Platinum-certified government-owned office buildings in Maryland. The building includes a 200-seat auditorium for the Planning Board meetings, a new town square, and an underground public parking garage. It is home to six Montgomery County departments including:
Approximately 900 government employees are relocating to the WHQ to help revitalize the area. The town square includes public space with an amphitheater for people to gather and enjoy programming throughout the year. There is a fountain on the plaza.
The building is located near the Wheaton Metro Station and several bus lines, enabling staff to take transit to and from work. Staff will also be encouraged to walk and bike to work when possible, reducing traffic and adding more pedestrian and street activity to downtown Wheaton.
Sustainable features of the building include:
“We are really proud of this project and what it will mean for the Wheaton community,” said Montgomery Planning Board Chair Casey Anderson. “I think this building is a great representation of sustainable planning and a model of co-location near transit with excellent design for the community.
“A lot of work went into making sure this building would set a new standard of excellence in the design of public facilities in Montgomery County,” said Planning Director Gwen Wright. “While we are sad to leave downtown Silver Spring, we are very excited to call this beautiful building our new home.”
“We are excited to move into our new offices and to support the revitalization of the Wheaton area,” said Mike Riley, director of Montgomery Parks. “The new building will also be home to six county agencies in addition to Montgomery Parks and Planning Departments, which will promote greater collaboration and provide the public a central point of access for their needs.”
About the Wheaton Headquarters:
The mixed-use building with ground-floor retail and upper-floor offices faces a landscaped plaza and town square. The large, entrance lobby is framed in glass and illuminates the new plaza at night. The two-story lobby space will be open to the public once COVID-19 restrictions are lifted, and used for displays, celebrations, and other events.
The open lobby includes an information desk and publicly accessible grand staircase leading to the Planning Board auditorium on the second floor. A living wall of greenery extends on one side of the space to represent the building’s environmentally sensitive design.
Changes to Names of Montgomery Planning Divisions
In coordination with the move to Wheaton, the Montgomery County Planning Department is announcing changes to the names of some of its divisions. Effective immediately, the new division names are:
The changes in titles will not affect the services provided by these divisions.