BLUR Workshop to design new facilities at Gaylord National Resort

Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center announced a $20-million expansion of its meeting facility, including a new freestanding 24,000-square-foot ballroom building with16,000 square feet of meeting space. The new building, scheduled to open in the fall of 2016, will be situated directly on the banks of the Potomac River and will feature glass windows on three sides, offering views of the river, the Woodrow Wilson Bridge, and Old Town Alexandria.

The company engaged architectural and interior design firm BLUR Workshop to design the new facilities.            

The investment will also include an expansion of the current Orchard Terrace, enlarging this open-air events space to 39,000 square feet. The expanded Orchard Terrace, opening in September 2015, will be the new location for Gaylord National’s holiday programming.


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Gaylord National Resort and Convention Center is the largest, non-gaming hotel and convention center on the East Coast, located along the banks of the Potomac River in National Harbor, Maryland. Opened in April 2008 and only eight miles from downtown Washington, D.C., the AAA-Four Diamond resort offers nearly 2,000 rooms including 110 suites; a 19-story atrium; 480,000-square-feet of convention space; restaurants including Old Hickory Steakhouse; a full-service resort spa, Relache Spa; and Pose Rooftop Lounge.

BLUR Workshop, led by Scott Sickeler and Liz Neiswander, is an Atlanta-based architectural and interior design firm.

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