After harrowing early May storms and subsequent flooding caused more than $2 billion in damages to Nashville and were responsible for nearly two dozen deaths, the Music City, host of NACM's 2011 Credit Congress next May, is on its way back. In fact, contacts there report that repairs expected to be done before to the host site and various popular city attractions before year's end.
The following was send to NACM about a week ago by staff at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center:
"We continue to make excellent progress on the restoration of Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center -- and remain on track to meet our November 15, 2010 reopening date.
More than a thousand people are at work inside the hotel every day - representing 38 separate contracting companies including architectural, interior design, procurement, engineering, and construction.
During the clean up and remediation phase, now complete, we removed every porous surface that was touched by water, along with all furniture, flooring and other materials that were damaged by the flood. During this process we removed 1,200 dumpsters full of debris. We also replaced affected air ducts to ensure a clean, comfortable environment for future guests. Industrial hygienists have inspected the hotel from top to bottom and have given us a clean bill of health!
We have unveiled the first preliminary renderings of several of the Gaylord Opryland's redesigned spaces, including the Cascades Lobby, Cascades Bar and Magnolia guest rooms. The Cascades Lobby will be entirely new, open and modern. The new front desk and ticketing station will be accompanied by the addition of a VIP area just off the lobby. The entire Cascades atrium is being redesigned - including a new bar, restaurant and enhanced water features. You'll also find new Italian and Mexican restaurant concepts in the Garden Conservatory. Plus, the Magnolia lobby is undergoing a complete redesign, as are the Magnolia guest rooms and five Presidential suites. Click here to view renderings and construction progress photos.
Even with the Opry House closed for restoration, the Grand Ole Opry hasn't missed a beat. The show is being performed in locations throughout Nashville. The restoration of the Opry House is on schedule - with a reopening planned for October 1. The General Jackson Showboat is operating daily and just celebrated its 25th anniversary on the Cumberland River. And Gaylord Springs Golf Course will welcome its first charity golf tournament since the flood later this month.
Please visit GaylordOpryland.com/restoration often to keep up-to-date with our progress - and to view the renderings of our newly redesigned space. We can't wait to welcome you back to Gaylord Opryland and all of its attractions throughout Nashville."
Senior Vice President & Chief Sales Officer