Meanwhile, Down at the Convention Center Hotel Construction Site ...

Like I said, we're a wee bit shorthanded at the moment, and I couldn't find anyone willing to spend a damp afternoon at the Omni construction site with Mayor Tom Leppert and U.S. Treasurer Rosie Rios. Which doesn't mean we can't share this group photo provided by Chris Heinbaugh; Merten's already made it his computer-screen wallpaper. And, after the jump, some "fun facts" (says so!) about the construction of Your Convention Center Hotel, provided by City Hall. Such as: "The project will include 60,000 cubic yards of concrete, totaling 243 million pounds. This is enough concrete to build a 4-foot wide sidewalk over 230 miles long (the approximate distance from Dallas to Houston)." Useful!

Rios was here, as we noted yesterday, to tout the Obama administration's Build America Bonds program -- $388 million of which were issued to help finance the hotel. According to the city, $37 million has been spent on the project so far.

Omni Dallas Hotel Construction-green Update 1.10

KEEP THE DALLAS OBSERVER FREE... Since we started the Dallas Observer, it has been defined as the free, independent voice of Dallas, and we'd like to keep it that way. With local media under siege, it's more important than ever for us to rally support behind funding our local journalism. You can help by participating in our "I Support" program, allowing us to keep offering readers access to our incisive coverage of local news, food and culture with no paywalls.
Robert Wilonsky
Contact: Robert Wilonsky