Progress Updates


One Merriweather, a 200,000 SF building, opened as the home of MedStar Health’s new, expanded headquarters in January 2017. MedStar Health is the largest integrated healthcare delivery system in Maryland. The new building is located on the corner of Little Patuxent Parkway and Broken Land Parkway and includes a fitness center and upscale restaurant, in addition to an adjacent 1,200-space parking garage. One Merriweather was the first new office building in Downtown Columbia in 15 years.


Two Merriweather, an approximately 135,000 SF office building adjacent to One Merriweather, opened in November 2017 as the new headquarters of Pearson, an online and blended education company. Additional street level retail and a boardwalk over the bio retention pond offer additional amenities and outdoor spaces for the tenants of One and Two Merriweather.

Like its sister, One Merriweather, Two Merriweather is a light-filled, state-of-the-art building that will house ground-level retail and gives you the space and freedom to do your best work. 

Urban Hub

Merriweather District is the next opportunity site for industry leaders seeking a high profile presence with amenities to attract the professional workforce. The transformation and magnetism of Downtown Columbia is reshaping the area between Baltimore and Washington, D.C. Industry leaders are being drawn to the Merriweather District. Tenable, the cybersecurity giant serving 50% of the nation’s Fortune 500 firms, is establishing its headquarters here. More health, education and technology companies are following suit, and. hHousing, office and civic buildings are in the works. What was once surface parking will be the hub of culture and commerce for the region.

& Culture

The Merriweather District is being transformed into a true urban core and regional hub for culture and commerce. Its heart is famed Merriweather Post Pavilion. Recognized by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the top amphitheaters in the country, MPP has been dazzling concertgoers for generations. Janis Joplin played there, and so did Taylor Swift.

Culture, of course, is more than music concerts. It is outstanding architecture, like the sculptural new Chrysalis amphitheater, public art installations, outdoor movie nights, award-winning theatre, and exceptional restaurants like Cured and 18th & 21st, located on the ground floor of the One Merriweather office building. The Merriweather District is also the home of OPUS, the inspirational art of sound experience, the Books in Bloom book festival, and the new Merriweather District Artists-in-Residence program.

Books in Bloom

Books in Bloom brings together dozens of the country’s best and brightest writers for a daylong festival. Readings, panel discussions and author conversations feature critically acclaimed and bestselling authors. Appealing to omnivorous book club members, politically savvy professionals and young readers, Books in Bloom’s diverse audiences gather to discuss the issues of the day and to share the joys of hearing from new and familiar authors. 


OPUS, the innovative art of sound festival took over the Merriweather Post Pavilion, the Chrysalis and the surrounding woodlands for an evening of art, music and technology in the forest, attracting almost 16,000 people each year. With large-scale art installations, mesmerizing music performances and treetop projection mapping, OPUS signaled the Merriweather District’s future as a cultural hub. 



The Howard Hughes Corporation, in collaboration with the Howard County Arts Council, has launched the Merriweather District Artist-in-Residence (MD AIR) program. Three selected artists spent up to two months in May and June creating work in a medium of their choosing. The studio space is nestled within the Merriweather District, with residential accommodations within walking distance.   

& Retail

Since its beginnings, Columbia has provided a wide range of housing for everyone from entry-level workers to empty nesters. The Merriweather District will include artists’ flats, condos and high-rise apartments. The Downtown Columbia Plan, which guides the redevelopment, includes over 6,000 housing units in the 391-acre revitalization zone. Of those, 900 units will be affordable housing.

As the Merriweather District develops, retail offerings will expand to provide a one-of-a-kind shopping experiences with unique boutiques by local merchants as well as regional and national retailers. Cured and 18th and 21st, two widely anticipated destination restaurants, are already included on the ground floor of the One Merriweather office building.