National Harbor


National Harbor Urban Waterfront Destination

Client: The Peterson Companies

Washington, District of Columbia

  • Conceptualization
  • Development Strategy
  • Master Planning
  • Venue Programming
  • Partnering Strategy
  • Execution


MRA advised The Peterson Companies from 1994 through 2008 on the development and master planning of the National Harbor, an urban waterfront resort along the Potomac River. The 400 acre complex, located just minutes from the nation’s capitol, features a 450,000 sf convention center, a 2,000 room convention hotel, 4 other hotels, 4000 residential units, a marina, signature dining and entertainment, and a host of upscale shopping attractions.  MRA identified Nashville-based Gaylord Entertainment, which serves as the anchor to the project with a $960 million hotel and conference center.