RIDA Development Corp., Houston First Corp. and Balfour Beatty/ Welbro, a joint venture, are building a new Houston convention center hotel—the Marriott Marquis Houston. The $234-million hotel will serve the George R. Brown Convention Center and will attach to the center via a skybridge. The 30-story, 1,000-room Marriott Marquis will increase downtown hotel space by 20% and aims to make Houston more competitive in the convention market. Project teams topped out on the project on Sept. 25, when the above photo was taken, showing an upward view of a crane on site.

Photographer: Amanda Besetzny
Submitted By: Kristie Hester, Central Region Marketing & Communications Manager, Balfour Beatty Construction -- Dallas