Whiting-Turner chosen for National Harbor project

Baltimore-based Whiting-Turner Contracting Co. has been chosen as general contractor to build Maryland's sixth casino at National Harbor, a nearly $1 billion project on the Potomac River expected to get under way in weeks and be completed in about two years.

The casino owner, MGM National Harbor LLC, announced Tuesday that it had chosen Whiting-Turner, which is finishing up work on the state's fifth casino, Horseshoe Casino Baltimore. That $442 million project is expected to open in late August near M&T; Bank Stadium, another Whiting-Turner project.

In a news release, MGM National Harbor President and CEO Lorenzo Creighton mentioned Whiting-Turner's "sterling reputation for excellence," and the two companies' shared values, including working with minority-owned businesses.

Site preparation work is already underway on the casino near the National Harbor resort in Prince George's County. Being developed by an affiliate of MGM Resorts International, it will include a 300-room hotel, 3,000-seat theater and casino with 3,600 slots and 160 table games.

About 2,000 people are expected to be employed building the National Harbor casino, expected to create some 4,000 permanent jobs.

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