MGM National Harbor


A National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP) and Landscape Contractors Association (LCA) award-winning project. MGM National Harbor is a $1.5 billion mixed use resort, the newest addition to the booming, multi-use National Harbor development situated along the Potomac Riverfront. A 23-acre destination resort casino, the project also includes a mix of retail, entertainment and dining. The site is designed to reflect the same level of quality and sophistication as other iconic MGM hotels while respecting the geography and history of the area. Serene and rich in material selection, the goal of MGM National Harbor is to provide human-scale comfort and intimacy that’s focused around attracting a broad range of visitors. MGM National Harbor draws inspiration from the strength and timeless qualities of the capital’s architectural legacy, echoing the white marble of many of DC’s monuments, tower-like structures inspired by the Washington Monument and central-spine configurations like the National Mall, connecting one sequence of guest experiences to the next. With the project’s high visibility and nearby proximity to the capital, the architectural vision embodies a modern, bold and progressive design, while respecting the traditions of the District’s architecture and sense of place.

Project Scope

Fine grading of 10 acres; laser grading of a half-acre; installation of 17,000 cubic yards of scientifically engineered soil; one acre of soil fabric; 500 tons of drainage stone; 2.5 acres of sod; 500 trees; 7000 bulbs; 10,000 shrubs; 58,000 perennials, grasses and groundcover; and an irrigation system that included 10,000’ of mainline, 35,000’ of lateral lines, nearly 20 miles of drip irrigation.