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LEED BD+C: New Construction v3 - LEED 2009

MGM National Harbor

101 MGM National Ave
Oxon Hill, MD 20745
United States

LEED Gold 2017

MGM National Harbor is a $1.4 billion waterfront resort destination. Design collaboration between MGM Resorts International and three nationally acclaimed architects, MGM National Harbor opened in December 2016 on the Beltway Parcel at National Harbor. MGM National Harbor features a 23-story, 308-room luxury hotel with amenities including: fine dining from local and celebrity chefs, world-class entertainment, luxury retail shops, and a 3,000-seat theater and a resort spa.

The MGM National Harbor project integrates environmentally responsible practices, effectively lowering the carbon footprint of its operations, including our resorts, restaurants, retail spaces, meetings and conventions. With properties hosting millions of visitors every year, MGM Resorts International recognizes its responsibility to positively influence its guests to embrace environmental stewardship. The 3,544,000 square foot (includes 2,220,000 sf of covered/below grade parking), multi-use development incorporates a variety of environmentally minded practices and sustainability elements, including: energy efficient systems, occupancy comfort and wellness minded material selection, preferred parking spaces for electric and high-efficiency vehicles, and emphasis on a number of technologies and innovations to manage water. These efforts make MGM National Harbor a destination as a premier environmentally sustainable urban community.

The team recognized the project site and scale would create unique challenges and opportunities. The team prioritized strategies that addressed critical site-specific and regional priorities like stormwater management and water efficiency, essential given the project location within the Chesapeake Bay watershed in close proximity to the Potomac River. The team also leveraged the project's size and scale using district-level thinking as well as capitalizing on the purchasing power of a project this size. Building manufacturers were eager to include their products in the project. The team leveraged that purchasing power to advocate for material ingredient disclosure in the products that were ultimately procured.

Since opening, MGM National Harbor has welcomed an average of 529,000 visitors each month. Beyond merely interacting with the project's sustainable design features, these visitors learn about environmental stewardship through a comprehensive green education program, including signage that highlights the project's sustainable design strategies and their benefits. As one of the largest LEED Gold projects in the National Capitol Region, MGM National Harbor resort's most significant impacts are its massive resource conservation, site-specific sustainable design, its role in advocating for market transformation, and the outreach embedded in the design to demonstrate environmentally responsible development within the Chesapeake Bay watershed.

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Project details
1,282,649 sf
25 Jan 2017
Data Reporting
Energy Update
Water Update
Transportation Update
Waste Update
Human Experience Update

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