Making the Monumental MGM National Harbor

With the country’s most famous historic monuments — and not to mention the seat of government — located right in its backyard, a new casino resort on the Potomac would need to show reverence to the District of Columbia but still dazzle throngs of locals and tourists alike if it’s to thrive as a gaming destination and hotel. Such were the challenges that MGM Resorts faced in opening the MGM National Harbor in Prince George’s County, Maryland. But, thanks to thoughtful architecture by HKS, quiet-yet-sophisticated interiors by Studio GAIA, world-class dining, specially commissioned artwork and high-profile programming, the new capital-region property, which opened its doors in December, looks poised for success. The hotel tower curtain-wall system is by Gamma USA using SYP glass; the porte-cochère soffit is clad in Reynobond’s composite metal panels; manual doors are by D.S. Specialties with Rockwood hardware; the revolving doors are by Crane with Dorma hardware. Inspired by the Nation’s Capital On approach to the $1.4 billion LEED Gold–certified MGM National Harbor, visitors encounter a visually striking and massive plinth clad in precast concrete in a shade of white that recalls the stone monuments of D.C. Surprisingly, this stepped structure is ...
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