NASHVILLE, Tenn.—Today Nashville Mayor Karl Dean, the Metro Council, leaders from Music City Center, the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum joined Omni Hotels & Resorts to commemorate the ceremonial topping out of the 21-story, 800-room Omni Nashville Hotel. The 800-person construction crew reached this milestone 17 months to the day after ground was broken on 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 21st floor of the property—a topping out tradition symbolizing appreciation and good fortune.
“This construction milestone at the Omni Nashville Hotel brings our city another step closer to the opening of one of the most distinctive convention center campuses in the country,” Mayor Karl Dean said, in an announcement “The hotel, along with the new Music City Center and expanded Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum, will add a new level of energy to our downtown, making Nashville an even more vibrant destination.”
The Omni Nashville Hotel will incorporate more than 80,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space, including a 25,000-square-foot ballroom, a 15,000-square-foot junior ballroom, and over 49,000 square feet of pre-function space. Each ballroom is divisible into multiple sections and there are 21 additional breakout rooms.
“There’s growing interest around Nashville, and we are eager to host meetings and conventions of all sizes as well as leisure and business travelers,” said Ed Netzhammer, regional vice president for Omni Hotels & Resorts. “Since the Omni Nashville Hotel began taking reservations last August, the team has booked more than 175,000 room nights, crediting Nashville’s rapidly growing amount of meeting space, unique attractions and the work of the Nashville Convention & Visitors Bureau for promoting Music City’s one-of-a-kind offerings.”
The Omni Nashville Hotel was specially created to be an authentic expression of Nashville. Across from the new Music City Center, which will open in April of 2013, the luxury hotel will be connected to the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum on three levels. Scheduled to open in late 2013, the Omni Nashville Hotel, designed by Looney & Associates,incorporates natural materials, exposed steel, and regional limestone. Constructed by Brasfield & Gorrie, the LEED Silver new construction project includes utilization of regional materials, water use reduction, water efficient landscaping, green power, and recycled materials.
The multi-story hotel and expanded museum will share meeting and entertainment space and bring additional restaurants and retail venues to downtown Nashville, including a steak house, live music entertainment bar, and farm-to-table restaurant, as well as retail space, lounges, a signature Mokara Spa, and urban pool deck.