Opryland Resort works hard to rebuild
Posted: Wednesday, June 2, 2010 8:01 pm
NASHVILLE (AP) — The main lobby of the Gaylord Opryland Resort and Convention Center is usually full of visitors, but now only a few restoration workers can be seen walking through as crews work to restore the site after last month’s devastating flood.
The floors have been stripped to the concrete foundation, giant yellow and clear plastic tubes decorate the walkway to help air circulate, and luggage carts that would normally follow guests to their rooms are instead used to transport trash.
A short walk into the Cascades Atrium reveals more damage, punctuated by the sunlight pouring in from the giant glass ceiling above. The only water in the hotel’s signature Cascades pond is from workers power washing the stone.
The Opryland resort is expected to be closed until late this year. Gaylord Entertainment officials say cleanup is expected to surpass the resort’s $50 million insurance policy.
Published in The Messenger 6.2.10