Mgm grand casino. MGM making progress with $1.3 billion National Harbor casino in Maryland,

Construction has commenced at the MGM National Harbor casino in Prince George's County in Maryland, just outside of Washington D.C., and MGM Resorts International has big plans for the company's first large-scale resort located on the east coast. Mgm casino.

Since Maryland gaming officials awarded MGM National Harbor with the state's sixth casino license in 2013, there have been many updates on the project's plans and construction timeline. For starters, the original casino project cost was estimated at $925 million, and has since increased to a $1.3 billion dollar project.

During a conference call with media and stock analysts in February, MGM International announced their plans to spend $375 million on the Maryland project in 2015. Jim Murren, chairman and CEO of MGM Resorts International, in reference to the MGM National Harbor resort, said "We expect that resort to be one of the most successful US resorts outside of Las Vegas when it is opened."

According to the Washington Business Journal, the $1.3 billion resort is scheduled to open in the second half of 2016, and the 1 million square-foot MGM National Harbor will include a 125,000 square-foot casino that includes 3,300 video lottery terminals and 160 table games, a roughly 26,500 square-foot spa and salon, a transformable arena with 3,000 seats, 18,000 square-feet of retail space, 27,000 square-feet of meeting space and 12 restaurants.

Additionally, MGM plans to build a 24 story, 308 room hotel tower on the grounds as well.

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Reports also note that Whiting-Turner Contracting Co., the general contractor, has kicked off the construction process on-site. They excavated the land, and have filled it in with more than 6,400 concrete piles.

The more than 700 construction workers reportedly on site are continuing work on the 4,800-space parking garage, and there are currently 10 tower cranes in operation.

Aside from construction, MGM National Harbor recently released mock up designs for the 308 hotel rooms. The newly released renderings feature the 400 square-foot standard guest rooms, designed by New York City-based Studio GAIA. Some highlights of the standard guest room will include motion sensor temperature and lighting, automatically adjusting itself as guests enter and leave the rooms, distinctive artwork inspired by the D.C. region, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth technology.

Photos of the suites have not yet been made available.

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The Washington Business Journal also reports that MGM Resorts International has invested in the D.C. based R&,R Resources+, a certified minority-owned business, and Las Vegas based R&,R Partners to lead brand development and marketing efforts for MGM National Harbor.

R&,R Partners developed the well-known Vegas campaign slogan "What Happens Here, Stays Here" 10 years ago for the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. In regards to attracting a high volume of visitors, CEO of R&,R Partners Billy Vassiliadis, says "it's going to take a really sustained marketing effort that's very customized to this area."

Despite the recent progress, there is still much to be done at the MGM National Harbor casino before it's scheduled 2016 grand opening.

The grand opening for the $800 million MGM Springfield casino project has been moved to September 2018. Other MGM projects currently in the works include a Las Vegas Park and Arena entertainment project which includes a new shopping and entertainment center along with a 20,000-seat arena project with the Anschutz Entertainment Group in Las Vegas, NV.

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