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Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection Moves to New Environmentally Friendly Home in Downtown Wheaton

For Immediate Release: Thursday, November 12, 2020

The Montgomery County Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) headquarters has relocated to the new 14-story County office building that is part of the Wheaton Revitalization Project in Downtown Wheaton. The building, which was completed in July, is located at 2425 Reedie Dr.

The 308,000-square-foot office building is an appropriate home for DEP as it was designed and built with the intent of becoming certified as one of Maryland’s first LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Platinum government-owned buildings. Sustainable design features include geothermal heating and cooling, green roofs, integral solar panels, gray water reuse and on-site stormwater management. 

Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, the DEP offices will be closed to the public at this time. However, DEP remains open electronically at https://www.montgomerycountymd.gov/dep/.

Owned by the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission (M-NCPPC), the building is part of the County’s effort to revive the Downtown Wheaton business district. The Wheaton Revitalization Project included construction of a new town square—the Marian Fryer Town Plaza—which is adjacent to the office building. The plaza is a public gathering spot with a fountain and an outdoor amphitheater that will serve as a prime location for public events. 

“There is no better place for the County’s Department of Environmental Protection than this new, energy-efficient, innovative office space,” said DEP Director Adam Ortiz. “We are thrilled to be part of this project as this mixed-use development is geared to improve mobility, increase Wheaton Metro Station use, reduce traffic congestion and increase the diversity of employment opportunities and services in the Wheaton area.”

The new building embodies sustainable public planning practices that include electric vehicle charging stations and close proximity to the Wheaton Metro and bus lines. The building’s large, open lobby contains a two-story living wall of greenery that reflects innovative and sustainable design. Office interiors were designed with locally sourced materials and recycled materials.

In addition to becoming the new headquarters of the Maryland-National Capital Park and Planning Commission, the building also will have the main offices of the Montgomery County Department of Permitting Services, the County’s Department of Health and Human Services and several other County departments.

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Release ID: 20-689
Media Contact: Cindy Pena 202-875-1563