Did you know that MGM was opening one of their luxury properties outside of Washington, D.C. in 2016? Neither did we. The property, called National Harbor, looks incredibly stunning and lives up to the excellent quality expected from an MGM property. The design take inspiration from Pierre Charles L’Enfant’s 1791 plan for the then brand-new city of Washington, D.C. This influence is most readily seen in the form of the equatorial skylight that runs the length of the roof between the outdoor terrace and the hotel tower and conservatory. During the day, this feature allows refreshing natural light to filter into the resort below; at night, interior illumination spills out, allowing the edges of the roof to dramatically glow.
TravelToday.TV is extremely excited to see how this project turns out in 2016!
MGM National Harbor is promising to be more than a casino. The brand new property which has been in development for years is set to open in 2016. The massive complex will feature a luxury hotel, fine dining from local and celebrity chefs, entertainment options, premium retail shopping, and a luxury spa. It’s important to understand that MGM operates and owns some of the largest and highest class casinos in the entire world – including the Bellagio, MGM Grand, Mandalay Bay, ARIA, The Mirage and others.
“We see enormous opportunity in Maryland. At National Harbor, MGM Resorts is bringing far more than just a casino. We are calling on our years of worldwide resort experience to design a fully-appointed Destination Resort that respects the history and atmosphere of Prince George’s County, while meeting the needs of the sophisticated Maryland marketplace.” MGM said in a Press Release.
Here is a timeline of the properties completion, courtesy of MGMNationalHarbor.com :
Nov. 6: Overwhelming Public Support
In November 2012, Maryland voters passed Question 7, which authorized gaming in Prince George’s County
May 9: MGM Submits Proposal to Maryland’s Video Lottery Facility Location Commission
Formally launches bid to build a destination casino-resort at National Harbor in Prince George’s County
October 25: MGM National Harbor Presents Proposal for Prince George’s County Destination Resort to Maryland Location Commission and Community
Company announces largest commitment among three bidders,
Planning $925 million investment to build resort at National Harbor;
Resort will create more than 7,500 permanent jobs for local businesses and residents;
Brings global experience, vision, and commitment to best suited location.
December 20: MGM National Harbor Wins License to Operate Destination Resort Casino in Prince George’s County
Maryland Video Lottery Facility Location Commission decision affirms full support for MGM’s $925 million investment in Prince George’s County, commitment to community partnerships, local economic development
February 18: MGM National Harbor Names Arel Architects, Inc. of Prince George’s County as Management Consultant for Casino Resort Project
February 20: Management Firm McKissack & McKissack Selected for Key Role in Construction and Development of MGM National Harbor
March 11: MGM National Harbor Announces SmithGroupJJR as Architect of Record
June 17: MGM National Harbor and Prince George’s County Executive Rushern Baker Sign Landmark Community Benefits Agreement
Millions in Construction and Procurement Contracts for Prince George’s County Businesses and MBEs
Jobs for County residents, 50% of all new jobs at resort and $80 million in annual wages
Rigorous compliance structure to ensure goals are met or exceeded
June 24: Maryland-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Company Selected as Prime General Contractor for MGM National Harbor Project
July 21: Prince George’s County Officials Approve MGM National Harbor
Prince George’s County Council, acting as the District Council, voted 8-1 in favor of the $1 billion MGM National Harbor project, approving the company’s designated site plan
August: MGM National Harbor Receives Construction Permits
On-site construction begins with the intention of opening the doors of MGM National Harbor In the second half of 2016