Texas Tech Wins Harry H. Mellon Award of Merit for Renovation

The Student Union Ballroom upgrade was completed during the summer of 2014.

M. Duane Nellis

President M. Duane Nellis

Texas Tech University received the Harry H. Mellon 2014 Award of Merit in Job Order Contracting (JOC) on Monday (Aug. 24) for its Student Union Ballroom renovation project.

Renovation of Texas Tech’s Student Union Building Ballroom in just four months during the 2014 summer break transformed 8,000 square feet of outdated space into a customized state-of-the-art, multipurpose space used to give the 7,000 new students of fall 2014 their first impressions of the university.

“The Texas Tech University Operations Division is very appreciative of receiving the prestigious Harry H. Mellon Award of Merit,” said Sean Childers, assistant vice president for operations. “This award recognition for the division was only achieved through the support of President M. Duane Nellis and Noel Sloan, vice president for administration and finance and chief financial officer, and great partnerships with The Gordian Group, Teinert Construction, Thoma Engineering, the Student Union Building staff and Dr. Juan Muñoz and his division.”

Teinert Commercial Building Services used its Gordian JOC Solutions® process to expedite the $1.8 million project in time for freshman orientation sessions.

Mellon Award

“This is an exceptional honor for our operations division and represents the quality of work they undertake and deliver each day,” Nellis said. “On behalf of a grateful university, I want to thank Sean Childers and his team for their wonderful care and dedication to the Texas Tech campus and its many buildings.”

Renovations of the Student Union Ballroom, which can accommodate 800 people, included installation of:

  • custom carpet with the Texas Tech Double T logo
  • video wall
  • motorized room partition to divide the space into two rooms
  • custom LED-color lighting in a coffered ceiling
  • durable plastic laminate wall panels
  • acoustic wall panels
  • fireplace, mantel and over-mantel.

“It was an honor to present the Harry H. Mellon awards to the team that did such an outstanding job renovating the Student Union ballroom,” said Robert Coffey, president of The Gordian Group. “Presenting the awards in the ballroom made the moment even more special.”

The Harry H. Mellon Award of Excellence in Job Order Contracting program is a way for facility owners, managers and contractors to be rewarded for their hard work and recognized by their peers and others in the industry. Since 2008, this award has recognized those who perform the essential, yet often thankless, repair, alteration and maintenance work that is the core of the Job Order Contracting system, in an efficient and effective manner.

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