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MGM National Harbor

HKS Architects, SmithGroup JJR

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  • Eddie Abeyta


  • HKS Hospitality Group
  • SmithGroup JJR


1,000,000 sq. feet
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The newest addition to the MGM Resorts International family, MGM National Harbor is located on the eastern shore of the Potomac River in Maryland. The new mixed-use development, scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, sits a short distance from Washington, D.C., to the north and historic sites, including George Washington's Mount Vernon estate, across the river in Virginia.

The 24-story, 300-room resort is expected to feature premier amenities and experiences for locals as well as visitors from around the world, including a casino with over 125,000 square feet of space featuring slots, table games, and poker; a world-class spa and salon; an entertainment theater with 3,000 transformable seats; 18,000 square feet of high-end branded retail; 27,000 square feet of meeting space; and restaurants from renowned local and national chefs.

HKS architect Eddie Abeyta is the visionary designer behind MGM National Harbor. Eddie’s architectural vision honors the project’s high visibility and proximity to the nation’s capital and embodies a modern, bold and progressive design that respects the District’s monumental, timeless sense of place. Eddie drew inspiration from the strength and timeless qualities of the historical monuments across the District while other inspirations include the grand urban gestures and organizing principles of the L’Enfant and McMillan master plans that are on display in the District’s radiating streets and strong axial alignments.

MGM National Harbor is being design and built to achieve the U.S. Green Building Council's Leadership in Energy and Design (LEED) Gold certification. Every element throughout the resort's interior and exterior architecture was designed with sustainability in mind, including extensive use of natural light, LED lighting, and water-saving fixtures.

HKS Hospitality Group specializes in the design of sophisticated urban hotels, unique destination resorts and luxurious spas, entertainment, gaming and convention hotels, boutique properties, hospitality interiors, and world-class golf clubhouses. With construction underway on five continents, HKS’ hospitality practice is ranked as one of the top in the nation and the world, according to BD World Architecture, Hotel Business and Hotel Design. Operating from 26 offices worldwide, the firm has designed projects in 50 countries, garnering numerous awards and coverage in national and international publications.

Project Credits
Design Architect: HKS Hospitality Group . Eddie Abeyta (design director)
Architect of Record: SmithGroup JJR

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