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http://www.meetings-conventions.com/News/Features/Convention-centers-site-selection-destinations/?platform=hootsuite   ^^^ GRB named #2 BEST convention center in the country.  well done

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^^^ @hindesky i cannot help but concur with you in regards to the timing of the interior completion of these forthcoming restaurants.  however, one can only hope and pray that their respective management teams know just what they are doing.  also, i was under the impression that the PAPPADEAUX SEAFOOD KITCHEN would be located at the front northern area of the GRB (where GROTTO is now located).  are you now stating that this establishment shall be located where the PAPPSITOS is in the HILTON AMERICAS?  will they actually have two major restaurants in that close proximity to one another when they could have very easily spread them out within the overall GRB vicinity?  of course, this is not at all unprecedented, just a bit strange imo.

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The fine folks at the GRB gave me unprecedented access (not really, just peeped through the window ;))

 

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3 minutes ago, nate4l1f3 said:

The fine folks at the GRB gave me unprecedented access (not really, just peeped through the window ;))

 

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I give up posting pics on here smh

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9 hours ago, nate4l1f3 said:

I give up posting pics on here smh

 

Here you go. Not sure what the issue was, but I usually like to right-click the image and select "copy image address." Then paste that directly in the post body. The embedding feature will then take over and display as below:

 

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16 hours ago, hindesky said:

Pappadeaux is working feverishly to remove dirt from the floor of their place on the southern end of the convention center. I assume it's to redo the plumbing in the site. I just don't see how any of these restaurants in the GRB and Houston First can finish in time for the Super Bowl even if they work 24/7 to do it.

 

 

When I opened my coffee shop it took almost 6 months to go from cutting the slab to drop in plumbing to having the occupancy number stuck on the wall (doors open).

 

I had never built out a restaurant space before. My GC didn't understand the drawings from the architect, the architect wasn't available easily for the GC, codes and permits were tough, it seemed like no one understood what was going on. This was my first build out, I had no idea what I was doing.

 

Pappas have opened hundreds of restaurants around the country, more than half were opened in Houston. They know how to get things built, they probably have a person, or team on permanent staff at corporate that their only job is to ensure that they can build out and open new restaurants on a specific target date. And considering how much they've built in Houston, they probably know their way around the permit office. They will likely not have many 'gotchas' to slow them down.

 

It will be tight, but would anyone want to be the GC that had to say "Yeah, I was building the Pappadeaux in the GRB, yeah, they wanted to be open for superbowl, but that didn't happen" He'd totally caveat that statement by saying it wasn't his fault, but no one's going to believe him. So yeah, he is going to be working extra hard to make deadline, and there's probably a decent bonus in it for him if he comes under.

 

They'll probably have someone permanently hanging out in the permit building when the time comes, and the GC has probably already built out a few Pappa's restaurants and knows what he's doing so there will be minimal design questions about how to interpret the drawings and he'll likely have all the trades lined up appropriately.

 

I'll be shocked if I can't go in there and order a crawfish etouffee 2 weeks before superbowl.

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Many times large chains have managed construction teams that go around the country putting in new units. They have it down to a science.

It will be tight, but I'm thinking positive. Permits will be issued for this much faster than any other project in the city. Houston First will make sure of that.

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7 hours ago, phillip_white said:

 

Here you go. Not sure what the issue was, but I usually like to right-click the image and select "copy image address." Then paste that directly in the post body. The embedding feature will then take over and display as below:

 

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Thanks! I'm on an iPad so when I copy and paste directly from photobucket that's what it gave me???  

 

This is the kulture space.. I have photos of all the spaces except papadeaux which is block off by plywood.  kulture looks to be behind the most although the BBQ place is still digging.   I'll try to post again and if it doesn't work maybe you can do your magic haha

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From the story announcing Pappadeaux:  "The new Pappadeaux, seating 250 guests, jwill cover two floors with dining on both levels. There will be a full bar with seating for 18; counter seating with for 12 looking into the kitchen; three private dining rooms on the second floor; and a large patio facing the Avenida. It will open January 2017."

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Was at Disco Green last night and noticed some new and nice lighting effects.  The two tall, hollow pylons above the center two red columns were lit in changing colors.  There were also white spots lighting the new, high visors over the central entrances.  Looked very good. 

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2 hours ago, Naviguessor said:

Was at Disco Green last night and noticed some new and nice lighting effects.  The two tall, hollow pylons above the center two red columns were lit in changing colors.  There were also white spots lighting the new, high visors over the central entrances.  Looked very good. 

 

^^^ i usually check out the mounted construction CAM at least twice daily / nightly, and around 10:00p i did notice that one of the hollowed pylons was lit with a gorgeous purple LED lighting effect.  although, this cool new lighting trend is becoming quite popular, for some reason this one, in particular, was absolutely gorgeous and very rich in its overall aesthetics.  i applaud the work that the GRB officials are partaking in preparing these properties in lieu of the forthcoming SB.  if all goes according to plan, and the weather cooperates as well, HOUSTON shall become the toast of the nation post SB.  

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Although we haven't quite gotten to the big show, this city and all of its public-private partnerships has done an incredible job transforming this corner of the CBD.  I think it will show great to investors from around the country/world that will be here during the festivities.

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7 hours ago, brijonmang said:

Well photobucket isn't working for me right now and I can't figure out how to delete my old attachments on HAIF but if you look at the webcam, quite a few trees lining the avenue now.  Starting to really come together!

 

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Go to your profile and click on 'My Attachments', click on the attachments you want to delete to take you to the original posting and delete from there.  It took me a minute to figure it out.

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4 hours ago, quietstorm said:

Go to your profile and click on 'My Attachments', click on the attachments you want to delete to take you to the original posting and delete from there.  It took me a minute to figure it out.

 

Ahhhh thank you so much! I was totally clueless on how to delete them from the My Attachments page.

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^^^ @DrLan34 props as always for the illustrations my pal.  however, this $1.03mm ED WILSON birds sculpture was supposed to be a crowning achievement inside the aforementioned grand lobby of the GRB.  from what we are seeing as per your illustrations, it looks like some roustabout halloween bats.  surely, i am mistaken.. correct?

 

may you please espouse a bit more upon this much heralded and important lobby sculpture / art?  does it really look like this in person?  does it even really fit this magnificent grand lobby?  i have been awaiting some illustrations as per this all important piece of art, and i shall have to admit that i am extremely disappointed if this piece really looks this bad in person.  surely, the city did not make a mistake of this grand magnitude.  if you don't mind my pal, may you please tell us a bit more about this important illustration.  props in advance...

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^^^ @'Stonian  wow!  we simply cannot thank you enough for both of these most glorious illustrations.  as i have noted within a few post above, i have been awaiting the debut of ed wilson's most heralded $1.03mm bird sculpture for quite some time now, and there was simply no way that i was ready to accept the fact that this magnificent and yet prospective work of art has somehow evolved into a bunch of rabid roustabout halloween bats.  no way!  however, what you have so very generously captured above has left me stunned.  ed wilson's work proceeds him, as it is always intellectual as well as remarkable.  however, he has indeed surpassed all expectations here at the GRB.  this art piece is immaculate, stunning, and downright perfection.  this artwork looks like something right out of the VATICAN in rome.  i kindly thank you again @'Stonian and i hope that i can find a way to stop gazing at your brilliant illustrations... 

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i drove through here this past weekend and i have to say...it is looking mighty beautiful! even as i type this i cannot believe i am saying this about the GRB!!!! haha! my how things can change! 

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On 11/3/2016 at 3:29 AM, monarch said:

 

 magnificent and yet prospective work of art has somehow evolved into a bunch of rabid roustabout halloween bats. 

 

It's amazing how the lighting of a photograph can completely dictate what the subject looks like.

 

In the case of the photograph displayed initially we were looking at back light so all we saw was really a bad shadow of the installation.

 

In the case of the second set of photographs, we are able to see the beauty of the installation thanks to the lighting focusing on the art.

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^^^ calling all HAIF wizards.  does anyone harbor a clue as to just what is this incredible brand new LIGHTING design element that is now being installed upon the GROUND directly in front of the MIDDLE atrium of the GRB?  this has to be the most incredible new element besides the magnificent new dancing fountain that is also now under construction.  let us start from the bottom right going up.... you have THE WHARF with the two red tower poles on each side.  then you have THE FOUNTAIN under construction.  and now you have the SURPRISE LIGHTING DISPLAY ELEMENT that i have not heard or read about on the ground.  anyone know anything about this?  i wonder why this particular cool element has not yet been disclosed to the public thus far?  my only guess (and this is only my guess) is that this is part of the mobile stage design for when they include stage acts right in the middle of the plaza.  this lighting could be used to help with lighting underneath the portable stage to act in creating a really cool aesthetic overall.  (just my guess)  i find this new design element TOTALLY AWESOME...  please click on the illustration for a much better view....

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Was walking around Discovery Green tonight to try out a new 100% manual lens I got (Rokinon 12mm) and the new art display caught my eye. Didn't realize it premiered today! 

 

The purple/blue highlights change to greenish every few seconds. Wonderful installation!

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Wow, I didn't expect the art installation to be so prominent from Discovery Green. I didn't realize the top of the red stacks would have LEDs in them (or the horizontal overhang). This is going to look like an entirely different place once its all finished. I can't wait.

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so i take it the left red pillar will be lit up the same as the right...but wow amazing photographs and like i keep saying...i would have NEVER thought i would be excited to see or go to the GRB...but this is just awesome...i LOVE Discovery Green! 

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