Tech Companies Take 50K SF at Maryland’s Downtown Columbia Campus

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The Howard Hughes Corporation has signed five new office tenants to its properties in Downtown Columbia in the growing Merriweather District, a burgeoning neighborhood at the forefront of the revitalization of Downtown Columbia, Md.

The companies Advarra, Ames Watson, Applied Network Solutions, Insperity and Olive will take a combined 50,000 square feet of office space.

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“We are thrilled these five dynamic businesses, all leaders in their fields, have chosen Downtown Columbia as the location for their new offices,” Greg Fitchitt, president of the Howard Hughes Corp.’s Columbia division, said. “Columbia is rapidly becoming the vibrant ‘third city’ in the Baltimore/D.C. corridor.”

Advarra, a compliance consulting service company, which has been instrumental in the development and approval of the vaccines for COVID-19, will take 27,130 square feet within 6100 Merriweather Drive beginning in March.

“We are pleased to be part of the innovative and tech-forward community of the new Merriweather District,” Scott Uebele, Advarra’s president, said. “This move will provide access to the growing, vibrant, cultural life and walkable urban amenities of Downtown Columbia, while greatly enhancing our work environment as we attract, retain and grow careers of employees, while focusing on our mission to accelerate the advancement of human health.” 

Private equity firm Ames Watson signed for 3,866 square feet within the same building and has already moved into its space, while Insperity, a business solutions provider, will take 12,540 square feet when it moves into the building in March.

Tech company Applied Network Solutions will occupy 5,102 square feet at 70 Corporate Center beginning in March. And AI health care company Olive will move into 2,977 square feet of space at One Merriweather later this month.

At full buildout, Downtown Columbia will include three new and reconfigured neighborhoods — Merriweather District, Lakefront District and Central District — featuring more than 14 million square feet of residential, office, hotel, retail, cultural, and public space.