City Leaders joined Omni Hotels and Resorts to commemorate the ceremonial topping out of the new 23-story Omni Dallas Hotel. The 700-person construction crew reached this milestone a little more than one year after the groundbreaking of the new convention center hotel.
A special ceremony and reception were held at the construction site where a Norwegian pine tree attached to a structural steel beam was hoisted to the top of the property, a tradition symbolizing appreciation and good fortune. The steel beam was signed by the Mayor, City Council, community leaders and supporters of the convention center hotel as well as the many tradesmen who have contributed to the construction.
Scheduled to open in early 2012, the Omni Dallas Hotel offers a luxurious, warm and sophisticated design which reflects the essence of Dallas with a contemporary, reflective glass exterior and native textures, art and other materials enriching the interior. Hotels guests will have several food selections including: the celebrated Bob’s Steak & Chop House, a state-of-the-art sports bar and a farm-to-table restaurant for a casual dining experience, as well as retail space, lounges, a signature Mokara Spa, urban pool deck and more.
Connected via a skybridge to the Dallas Convention Center, the Omni Dallas Hotel will incorporate over 110,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space. Included among its 21 meeting rooms are the grand and junior ballrooms, encompassing 32,000 and 15,000 sq. ft.
The hotel will comfortably accommodate groups of more than 3,300 attendees at any given time. Owned by the City of Dallas, the hotel was endorsed by voters in May 2009 and backed by the sale of nearly $500 million in revenue bonds in August that same year. The property is located on eight acres in the heart of downtown, which is experiencing a renaissance from more than $14 billion in new development underway in and near the urban core. Two acres of the site are slated for additional dining, retail and other venues which will enhance entertainment opportunities for those who visit, work or live downtown.