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Houston, George R Brown revamp, September 2015, aerial view
The Convention District, the area that circulates around the George R. Brown Convention Center, is getting a major overhaul. Courtesy rendering
Houston, George R Brown revamp, September 2015, Avenue de Americas
The remodeling of the GRB's facade includes removing the old façade, popping out the existing three front bays, and adding ultra transparent glass made of low iron glass; thus, making the building more transparent.   Courtesy rendering
Houston, George R Brown revamp, September 2015, patio seating Avenida de Las Americas
Six yet-to-be-announced restaurants that can be accessed from both the interior of the GRB and from the street for accessibility after convention hours. Courtesy rendering
Houston, Marriott Marquis hotel downtown, September 2015, exterior ground level
The Convention District is getting a $370 million Marriott Marquis hotel, currently being built and slotted to open fall of 2016. Courtesy rendering
Houston, Marriott Marquis hotel downtown, September 2015, exterior view of hotel
A grand entryway and an art-inspired pedestrian plaza, which faces 12-acre park, Discovery Green, will be added to the center of the convention center. Courtesy rendering
Houston, Marriott Marquis hotel downtown, September 2015, pool shaped like Texas
The Marriott Marquis boasts a 60,000 square-foot sixth-floor terrace with a Texas-shaped lazy river and infinity pool Courtesy rendering
Houston, George R Brown revamp, September 2015, front facade at night
Avenida de las Americas, which runs between the GRB and Discovery Green, will be narrowed to two lanes from six, which the GRB can shut down for big parties. Courtesy rendering
Houston, George R Brown revamp, September 2015, aerial view at night
Houston is busy readying itself for Super Bowl LI, which hits town February 2017. Completed construction on the Convention District project is 12 months away and will be ready in time for the big game.   Courtesy rendering