DALLAS — It's another step forward for the new Dallas convention center hotel: Workers installed a Norwegian pine atop the 23-story building, a tradition that means the superstructure is complete.
The hotel, at the corner of Young and Market streets, has blossomed from what had been a parking lot just 13 months ago.
Today, the $500 million project is about 45 percent complete, with all of the distinctive curved glass installed on the exterior.
Now we're getting our first glimpse of the inside.
The building will have 1,000 rooms and nearly 75,000 square feet of new meeting space, including the largest ballroom in Dallas.
With much of the framework finished, crews are now focusing on where people will stay. Rooms will be complete with energy-efficient utilities, 42-inch flat screen TVs, local artwork, and even televisions built-in to the bathroom mirrors.
Hotel officials said 132,000 rooms have already been booked, even though opening day is more than a year away.
Guests won't have to travel far to get the convention center; the buildings will be linked by a skybridge.
The newest addition to the city's skyline is coming along on time and on budget, but it won't be ready for the biggest event in North Texas.
The hotel is scheduled to open in January 2012, one year after Super Bowl XLV in Arlington.