The Aurora Tops Out

The Aurora Tops Out

On June 25th, the second residential phase of North Bethesda Center reached new heights.  The 18-story Aurora, being constructed next to Harris Teeter/Wentworth House at Old Georgetown Road and Nebel Street, had its “topping out” ceremony with nearly 100 people from developer LCOR and KBR building group.

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“It’s a milestone event that signifies completion of the structure for a building… [and] symbolizes the evolution of a building from structural construction to commencement of close-in activities,” says Mike Smith, Senior Vice President of LCOR.

IMG_1047The workforce is thanked for their service with a ceremony and lunch

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As is custom, all of the construction workers sign the final beam before it is hoisted into place.  It’s the last piece of steel erected into the project.


The Aurora will have 341 units within its brick and glass facade.  The luxury building will feature studio, one- and two-bedroom units, as well as a state-of-the-art fitness center, roof deck, swimming pool and community garden.  Leasing is scheduled to begin in January 2014 with the building’s anticipated delivery in July 2014.



Lindsay Hoffman




Any word on ground floor retail?

    Lindsay Hoffman

    Hi there! This structure is going to be all residential. But the developer, LCOR, holds most of the land on the block bordered by Rockville Pike, Old Georgetown Road, Nebel Street and Marinelli Road. Their larger plan is for a vibrant mixed-use community — you can see a little more on their website at (including a series of renderings). Once Aurora delivers, we’ll learn more about their plan for phasing in the rest of development.

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