GALLERY: Take a look inside Round Rock's Kalahari construction site

Between 700-1,000 construction workers are on-site at Kalahari daily, according to project general contractor Hensel Phelps. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Between 700-1,000 construction workers are on-site at Kalahari daily, according to project general contractor Hensel Phelps. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

Between 700-1,000 construction workers are on-site at Kalahari daily, according to project general contractor Hensel Phelps. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)

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Work continues on what will become one of two ballrooms inside the convention center wing of the resort. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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This room will house a retail shop once the resort opens in November 2020. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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As of Dec. 4, Hensel Phelps said they had clocked more than 1.5 million man hours of construction. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Construction is actively underway on what will be the largest indoor water park in the nation, according to Kalahari staff. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Oswald Nixon, a hotel project engineer with Hensel Phelps, points to the site of a future lobby bar. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Despite weathering 158 million gallons of rainfall in the first year of construction alone, the project is on track for a November 2020 opening date, Kalahari staff said. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Round Rock's Kalahari is the company's fourth resort, and its first in Texas. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The resort will offer 975 hotel rooms, with one-, two- and three-bedroom suite options available. (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
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“This is the largest project we have ever done," Kalahari owner Todd Nelson told Community Impact Newspaper in May. "The old saying, ‘everything’s bigger in Texas?’ It’s true.” (Taylor Jackson Buchanan/Community Impact Newspaper)
Across Hwy. 79 from Dell Diamond in Round Rock, Kalahari Resorts & Conventions is hard to miss.

Construction on 975 hotel rooms, an indoor family entertainment center with an arcade and thrill rides, the nation's largest indoor water park, a 200,000-square-foot convention center, a spa and restaurants began in May 2018. T
he development is on track for a November 2020 opening, according to Kalahari staff.


Here is a look at the work going on behind the scenes to open the project on time.
By Taylor Jackson Buchanan
Taylor Buchanan joined Community Impact Newspaper in 2018 after completing a master of journalism degree from the University of Texas. She worked as the senior reporter for Community Impact's Southwest Austin edition and is now the editor for the company's flagship Round Rock/Pflugerville/Hutto edition.


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