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#1 Fort Worthology

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 09:05 PM

Well, looks like I'll be the first to post construction pics. Not much to see yet, of course, but work is progressing steadily. There's a good-sized hole in the ground at the site now, and some drilling of some sort is taking place (can you tell I'm no expert at identifying this stuff?):

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#2 John T Roberts

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Posted 08 September 2006 - 10:27 PM

Official Construction Photos - Omni Fort Worth Hotel

These will be the official pictures and they will be switched out regularly. The following pictures were taken on March 4, 2008.









Omni Hotel Design Package (8 MB file)

Edited by John T Roberts, 04 March 2008 - 09:53 PM.


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Posted 09 September 2006 - 11:34 AM

You may want to keep your pics up a while. Soon we will see nothing but a curtain fence for a long time till this get off the ground. Or rent a room at the phone company. laugh.gif

Buy the way does someone know what building thier talking about . That they will convert the Larry Shoe store wearhouse ? To have modle room on display and start condo presales? I know the old store but I did know of a wearhouse?

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Posted 09 September 2006 - 08:08 PM

The condo sales office will be located in the old Larry's Shoe Store building.

Kevin, the drilling is for piers.

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Posted 11 September 2006 - 02:45 AM

Will the parking garage be built after the hotel, or at the same time?

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 10:16 AM

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Sep 8 2006, 10:05 PM) View Post

Well, looks like I'll be the first to post construction pics. Not much to see yet, of course, but work is progressing steadily. There's a good-sized hole in the ground at the site now, and some drilling of some sort is taking place (can you tell I'm no expert at identifying this stuff?):

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^ Is that a Dennis Rodman company on this project?
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Posted 12 September 2006 - 10:32 AM

Yes.

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Posted 12 September 2006 - 02:20 PM

The construction wall is being put up right now.

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 10:03 AM

QUOTE(SurplusPopulation @ Sep 12 2006, 03:20 PM) View Post

The construction wall is being put up right now.


Normally they put up renderings of what is being built on the wall. This will be helpfull to conventioners who will see whats all this is about.

Just last week a out of town family wanted to shop at the outlet mall. I had to tell them what was the story after they tried to open the doors. Thier kids looked at me like I grabed thier candy. Boy I felt like a heal cry.gif

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Posted 13 September 2006 - 02:07 PM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 9 2006, 09:08 PM) View Post

The condo sales office will be located in the old Larry's Shoe Store building.



Where is that exactly?


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Posted 14 September 2006 - 08:44 AM

QUOTE(JKC @ Sep 13 2006, 03:07 PM) View Post

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 9 2006, 09:08 PM) View Post

The condo sales office will be located in the old Larry's Shoe Store building.



Where is that exactly?


A block south of St. Patrick Church. Thiers a rotating sign with a shoe.

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Posted 22 September 2006 - 11:47 AM

At its deepest point so far, the hole appears to be about 20 - 25 fee deep so far. There are trucks in and out of there all the time.

As holes go, it is coming along nicely.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 06:59 PM

I have new construction photos near the top of the page.

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 07:09 PM

An impressive hole, alright. But I've seen bigger!

It does appear to be very rocky. In one picture there appears to be a drill in the foreground. Is there any blasting being done or is this all just a big dig?

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Posted 24 September 2006 - 08:17 PM

So far, it has just been a big dig. The site is very typical of downtown with rock being only a couple of feet under the surface. The plans call for a two level below grade parking garage, so that means a lot of rock will be cut out of the site. In downtown, this is about as deep as underground parking goes.

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Posted 30 September 2006 - 08:30 AM

Where I grew up (Nashville) we were on top of limestone. So any underground parking (and we did have it) started with boring and blasting. That was even true of storm sewer installations in some parts of town.

I'm glad to know they are going underground with some of the parking.

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 07:37 AM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Sep 24 2006, 09:17 PM) View Post

So far, it has just been a big dig.


Slight change in the big dig today. They've got concrete mixers in hole. It looks like they might be doing some retaining wall work. It's hard to see clearly through the clouds of dust coming up off the bull dozers.

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Posted 03 October 2006 - 02:36 PM

A few ?s on the construction process... about when will the following things happen?

1)Foundation completed

2)Steel for floors being put up

3)Steel frame completed for floors 1-9

4)Entire Steel frame Completed

5)Exterior of building completed

Just trying to get a since of the timeframe we are looking at for the progress of the construction.

Also trying to figure out when I can start to see construction from my office. I think I will start to see the construction from my office windows when it reaches about 10 floors.

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 03:16 PM

well, it has been a month. any updates? still just a big hole i guess

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Posted 21 October 2006 - 06:52 PM

Adam, I can't answer all of your questions, but I do have a little more information. The estimated completion date of the big dig is sometime in November. At that point, piers will be drilled for the construction of the building. After the piers are drilled through the rock, then the parking garage should start coming out of the bottom of the hole. There has been a change that I discovered. It looks as if there will be three levels of parking below grade. Foundation and below grade work always seems to be the slowest, so I guess this work will take a few months.

Since I am not involved with the project, I can't safely guess on the timetable for the remainder of the building. I do have a prediction. I think that most of the building structure will be concrete. My guess is the only parts of the building with major steel work will be the spans over the ballrooms. Even then, depending on the design, those could be concrete.

Construction is also supposed to start in November on the 11 story parking garage between the hotel and the SBC/AT&T Building.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 12:12 PM

thanks for the info John.

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Posted 23 October 2006 - 12:14 PM

Thanks for the info John...

Looking out one of the South windows of my office in the O&G building makes me EXTREMELY eager to see this thing start going up.

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 01:24 PM

Here's a shot I took from the T&P during the downtown home tour of the Omni site:

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 03:38 PM

QUOTE(Atomic Glee @ Oct 27 2006, 02:24 PM) View Post

Here's a shot I took from the T&P during the downtown home tour of the Omni site:

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Great shot. Is the TCC building going to be razed for the parking structure?

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Posted 27 October 2006 - 03:44 PM

QUOTE


Great shot. Is the TCC building going to be razed for the parking structure?

I believe the parking garage is going to be north of the hotel construction site.
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Posted 28 October 2006 - 07:47 AM

I would think TCC would sell the property once their other building open on the northside of downtown.

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Posted 28 October 2006 - 02:46 PM

That's a great vantage point, AG! I envy the people in the T&P who get to watch this one go up. biggrin.gif

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Posted 29 October 2006 - 05:00 PM

The latest photos are now posted.

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Posted 30 October 2006 - 09:11 AM

Not happening QUICK enough. I am so eager to see this thing start going vertical (upwards that is). Already tired of the downward progress. But it looks like we are close! Exciting times for Fort Worth!

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:11 PM

QUOTE(AdamB @ Oct 30 2006, 11:11 AM) View Post

Already tired of the downward progress. But it looks like we are close! Exciting times for Fort Worth!


Well, downward progress has slowed. It looks like they've reached their target depth on the north end of the hole and are now working on the south end.

I still can't figure out how they get the last of the material and the equipment out of the whole when they are done.

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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:21 PM

From the looks of the rendering,I hope the hotel is taller than it is wide.
and what is up with the water gardens?I already took my son to slide down the hills on cardboard at Trinity Park.He now needs to experience
the water gardens.
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Posted 01 November 2006 - 03:46 PM

Every time I walk to the Post Office on Lancaster, I tend to go by the Water Gardens, and every time I've been seeing some guys in there working on various bits of it. So, it's still being worked on.

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Posted 07 November 2006 - 06:32 AM

QUOTE(cberen1 @ Nov 1 2006, 03:11 PM) View Post

Well, downward progress has slowed. It looks like they've reached their target depth on the north end of the hole and are now working on the south end.

I still can't figure out how they get the last of the material and the equipment out of the whole when they are done.


Actually the answer is quite easy. They will excavate all of the site and get it prepared for foundation work, but they will leave two ramps of dirt and rock at the southwest and southeast corners. These ramps are already in place and they are now serving as the way to haul out the rock. The next step will be the drilling of piers to a depth in the rock that will support the 500' tall building. After the piers are drilled, crane foundations will be constructed, the cranes erected, then permanent retaining walls will be built on the perimeter, a slab on the lowest level will be poured, and columns will start to rise out of the basement. This work will probably start on the north side of the site. As this is progressing, it will move to the south. Eventually one of the ramps will be removed and excavation will be completed around it. More of the building will be built and finally, as the basement work moves toward the last ramp, smaller excavation equipment can be used and the trucks will park on the street. Eventually, the equipment will be small enough that it could be lifted out with the cranes. Then the foundation work will be very close to the old ramp and the building could be built around it. By this time all of the equipment will be moved in and out by the cranes.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 10:47 AM

I've been out of town since Friday, so this may not be new. But I noticed this morning that they have a nice sized crane down in the hole now.

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Posted 08 November 2006 - 12:01 PM

I was attending the Texas Society of Architects Convention in Dallas last week from Thursday through Sunday, so I didn't get a chance to observe the construction because I returned home after sunset. I had a couple of meetings downtown on Monday, but they were over around 6:30, so I still didn't get a look at the site. I will definitely check it out this weekend.

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Posted 09 November 2006 - 11:09 AM

I know its too early to say,but I was looking at the rendering AGAIN,what nightime lighting scheme might we see?
Will it be the same ol' FW outlining,or something similar to The Tower?
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Posted 09 November 2006 - 12:19 PM

QUOTE(texastrill @ Nov 9 2006, 06:09 PM) View Post

I know its too early to say,but I was looking at the rendering AGAIN,what nightime lighting scheme might we see?
Will it be the same ol' FW outlining,or something similar to The Tower?


Personally I would like to see a lighting scheme unique to the Omni itself. (Please no green neon outlining.) I would like to see some ground-based illumination of the base of the building.

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 05:19 PM

Which is deeper omni or landmark?

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Posted 11 November 2006 - 06:53 PM

I think the Omni Hotel hole is deeper. The Landmark Tower's basement was two levels deep. I have heard rumors that the excavation for the Omni is to accommodate three levels of underground parking.

I have updated construction photos posted at the beginning of the thread now. It appears the construction is moving about the way that I described that it would previously.

They have drilled and are drilling piers on the north end of the site at the current time. A tower crane base has been installed along with a few sections of the crane at the north end, as well. It will be orange. The southeast ramp has been removed now and more excavation is taking place at that corner. This leaves a smaller pile of rock in the center of the site and a ramp leading up to 14th and Houston on the southeast side of the site.

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Posted 17 November 2006 - 07:43 PM

They started erecting the vertical sections of the tower crane today. By Monday morning, the first tower crane should be ready to go to work.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 09:39 AM

QUOTE(John T Roberts @ Nov 17 2006, 09:43 PM) View Post

They started erecting the vertical sections of the tower crane today. By Monday morning, the first tower crane should be ready to go to work.


They are installing the last sections of the boom as we speak.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 06:09 PM

I have now updated the photos. They were taken on Sunday, November 19th.

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Posted 20 November 2006 - 10:30 PM

Great. I'm excited!

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 01:20 PM

Just for grins, On my computer, I added the Omni Hotel to the FW Skyline to see how it might look..

Thought I would share it with you all!

Could not figure out how to display the actual picture, sorry. unsure.gif

Enjoy!

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Posted 02 December 2006 - 01:35 PM

Looks real. Thanks Perkins! Gives us a better idea how our skyline will look. cool.gif

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 03:00 AM

Perkins, that photo was awesome. Everytime I pass downtown I try to visualize the Omni in its place, but seeing it in that picture blew me away! cool.gif

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 04:13 PM

There is now one section of the second tower crane in place on the west side of the excavation. It appears this crane will be used to construct the tallest part of the hotel because it is turned slightly at an angle with respect to the streets. About 1/3 of the piers have been drilled on the north end of the building. The southwest ramp up to street level is still in place and concrete is being poured on the vertical section of the hole where the old ramp was located. There is still a large pile of rock in the center of the site.

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 05:28 PM

In case anyone is interested, they have moved the ramp over to the Southeast corner of the hole. There is no more dirt pile to be removed. They appear to be actively pouring pier holes. No new progress on setting up the second tower crane.

Watching this hole get dug has been fascinating as a process, but pretty dull to watch. Things seem to move so slowly.

On an only slightly related matter. The city appears to be re-orienting the Throckmorton & Lancaster intersection. Throckmorton now turns back to the west a little at 14th street (the southern boundary of the Omni) and appears to now be a perpendicular intersection.

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Posted 18 December 2006 - 06:13 PM

I'm amazed DAILY at how fast this project has been moving along. Pretty soon after the Holidays, the SERIOUS stuff should be well on the way. You got OMNI, FLYERS, and all of those new clubs and bars in the "SoDo" District. DTFW is startin to shape like a true DT scene. With options.
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Posted 18 December 2006 - 07:12 PM

you can start to get a feel for the future layout of the Convention/Lancaster area and what it will be like. Lancaster seems like it is finally coming to its final stages.





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