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SmithGroupJJR -- MGM National Harbor

  • SmithGroupJJR (Washington, DC) serves as architect-of-record and engineer-of-record for the new, 3.2-million-square-foot, $1.4 billion, LEED Gold certified MGM Grand National Harbor.
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering design; technical documentation for architecture and engineering; energy modeling analysis and optimization; total project team coordination; and construction administration.
  • SmithGroupJJR is coordinating the participation of over 50 different consultant design firms, overseeing the fulfillment of MGM’s goal of maximizing local business participation.
  • The MGM National Harbor project is achieving significant MBE participation representing a $21.7 million investment in local, minority-owned businesses to date, exceeding initial participation goals.
  • To coordinate such a large project and team, SmithGroupJJR’s internal team is organized into five architectural and five engineering teams, each dedicated to a particular component of the total project: hotel, theater, back of house/casino, plinth/parking garage, and site.  This method proved highly effective, and was adopted by the design architect, owner’s representative, and contractor.
  • SmithGroupJJR’s internal team has logged over 185,000 labor hours on this 3-year long project. Over 90 SmithGroupJJR staff members have contributed their time and talents to this project.
  • The total drawing set for MGM National Harbor measures 7,000 sheets in 36 total volumes.  Laid end-to-end, the drawings would be 3.9 miles long.
Project Data
  • Size: 3.2 million square feet
  • Construction Cost: $1.4 billion
  • LEED Gold certified
Client Goals
  • Achieve LEED Gold certification, optimizing the performance of the building to be environmentally conscious.
  • Maximize local minority business participation in design and construction.
  • Optimize design, documentation, permitting and construction administration processes to meet the fast-track schedule for completion.
National Harbor Theater
  • The 120,000 sf theater seats 3,000, or 4,000 in a standing general admission configuration.
  • The multi-purpose venue is envisioned as a flexible space to accommodate concerts, UFC championships, poker tournaments, or even to serve as a nightclub.  It features retractable seating to allow for a variety of uses.
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for all MEP design, interior design of front of house and VIP suites, and architectural and engineering documentation as architect-of-record/engineer-of-record of the entire theater.
Hotel/Spa/Fitness Center
  • The 250,000 sf, 308-key hotel tower also contains a spa and fitness center.
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for all MEP design, and is providing architectural and engineering documentation as architect-of-record/engineer-of-record for the hotel tower.
Plinth (Parking Garage)
  • The 1.2 million sf plinth, or parking garage, contains 8-levels of parking, with 4,600 spaces.
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for the refinement and completion of the architectural design of the parking garage.
Food/Beverage Venues
  • SmithGroupJJR is providing architectural documentation of the Starbucks; Marcus, a restaurant by chef Marcus Samuelsson; Ginger, a Pan Asian restaurant; and Bellagio Patisserie food/beverage venues.
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for engineering design and documentation of all 76,000 sf of the 15 food and beverage venues, encompassing 1,900 seats in total.
Convention Space
  • SmithGroupJJR is responsible for engineering design and documentation of the 45,000 sf of convention space.
Energy Modeling
  • Energy analysis of the design revealed insights about expected energy consumption. The SmithGroupJJR team then identified areas of improvement to reduce energy consumption, and thereby operation costs.
  • SmithGroupJJR guided the selection of building envelope materials – including glazing and shading systems – to improve building performance as a result of the energy analysis.
  • SmithGroupJJR engineers worked closely with local utility companies to create a major tri-generation central plant for the resort that provides cost- and carbon-efficient heating, cooling, and power from natural gas 24/7/365.
Sustainability Features
Water Conservation
  • Sitting on the shores of the Potomac River, within the heart of the Chesapeake Bay watershed, MGM National Harbor is designed to optimize its use of water.
  • Uses 45% less potable water than LEED Gold requirements, and flushes 50% less potable water down its toilets than similarly-sized facilities.
  • Captures millions of gallons of rainwater annually in its 700,000 gallon cistern, to be used as landscape irrigation, as graywater for flushing toilets, and within its cooling towers.
Energy Efficiency
  • Annual cost of energy is reduced by 30% through highly efficient building systems.
  • Building controls optimization software analyzes and predicts building loads to adjust the efficiency of the MGM’s central plant to avoid wasted energy.
  • Extensive use of LED lighting and sophisticated lighting controls also reduces electrical demand.
Materials Transparency
  • MGM was an early adopter in the industry-wide building materials transparency initiative.  Participating building product manufacturers were encouraged to fully disclose the chemicals used in making their products.

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