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THE MGM NATIONAL HARBOR RESORT AND CASINO IS CREATING A MAJOR DESTINATION. BY ERIC SLACK

MGM National Harbor will become
a leading gaming and entertainment
destination once complete.

MGM National Harbor
www.mgmnationalharbor.com
* Project cost: $1.3 billion
* Location: National Harbor, Md.
* Peak construction workers on ite:
1,500+

"Coordination is key, and we
have great people managing
e project."
- John Rooney, executive director of e MGM
National Harbor project

L

ocated in Maryland's Prince George's
County, the National Harbor development is a major ongoing effort
that will have an enormous impact

on the region's economy. Situated along the
Potomac River south of Washington, D.C.
and near the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, one
of the most important pieces of the development is the $1.3 billion MGM National
Harbor. This MGM Resorts International
project is creating a destination resort that
combines the experience of a leading gaming and entertainment company with the
history and culture of the marketplace.
The MGM National Harbor project has
been in the works for several years. The
license was first awarded for the project in
December 2013. Even beyond that, there
was a long, extensive process to work
through in order to approve the final license
for a casino in Maryland.
"I got started here in January 2014 and,

«

when I first arrived, we started to set up the
project and get everyone going in terms of
the design, engineering and architecture
and also getting some of the contractors
on board," says John Rooney, executive
director of the MGM National Harbor project
for MGM Resorts International. "I've been
working on the project now for more than
two years."

Team Effort
Among the key companies involved in
the project is Whiting-Turner, the project's
general contractor. Founded in 1909 and
headquartered in Baltimore, it is among the
largest construction management and general contracting companies in the country.
"They hold all of the subcontracts for our

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