May 01, 2002
Meetings & Conventions: Newsline newsline.gif (8042 bytes)CITY BEATDallas
In early March, steel trusses rose above the Dallas Convention Center exhibit floor, ready to hold an arched roof to be built over the new 203,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall F. Primary construction on the $128.8 million project is scheduled to finish in June. When the column-free hall opens in September, the center will offer a total of more than a million square feet of exhibit space; about 726,000 square feet will be contiguous.

Syracuse, N.Y.
The Mall of America will soon have serious competition. DestinyUSA, being built near this Northern New York town, will offer myriad retail, recreation, entertainment, dining and hospitality options. Highlights are a 90,000-square-foot aquarium, a 68-acre glass-enclosed park (it gets chilly here), a 50,000-square-foot exposition center and 4,000 hotel rooms. Construction dates have not been announced, but plans are to open some venues by mid-2003.

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