Alumni Association Breaks Ground on New Merket Center Addition
May 12, 2009
The 10,694 square foot building should be complete in spring 2010.
Texas Tech Alumni Association (TTAA) broke ground May 12 on the Peggy and Bill
Dean Expansion to Merket Alumni Center.
Scheduled to be completed in spring 2010, the expansion project will nearly double
the present Merket Alumni Center by adding 10,694 square feet. A new, second entrance
into the facility will open into the Peggy and Bill Dean Grand Reception Hall. Three
new banquet/meeting rooms will be constructed on the west end of the building.
TTAA President Barbara McKenzie applauds the early support for the project.
“Despite the current economic conditions, many individuals, businesses and foundations
have already pledged their support to make this much-needed expansion possible,” she
said. “Confident that we are on track to raise the rest of our goal, our national
board has elected to begin construction now.”
Campaign fundraising chairperson Nelda Laney announced that the Building on Tradition
capital drive that began last October has raised $2,357,110 to date toward the $4
million project budget.
McKenzie and her husband, Mickey, of Sulphur Springs have provided the largest single
gift. The new ballroom, which seats up to 600, will be named in their honor.
Other features in the addition include a new serving kitchen with storage; a new circulation,
staging and planning office; a bride’s room and new restrooms. The existing kitchen
will be remodeled into an office suite for the association’s marketing department.
Two memorial groves will be planted on the grounds, and a second courtyard will be
built to the east, featuring an outdoor gazebo.
Joe D. McKay of JDMA, Inc. is the architect for the project, Lee Lewis Construction,
Inc. has been named general contractor, and Ogallala Construction Management will
serve as project manager.
First built in 1995 as an addition to the original President’s Home, Merket Alumni
Center now hosts more than 800 events annually and is in high demand for weddings
and receptions year round.
Several naming opportunities remain available for donors to the project, as well as
brick pavers, bronze markers, marble pavers and granite benches for varying giving
Complete details about the project are available at www.MerketExpansion.com
, or by contacting Jim Douglass at email@example.com
or (806) 742-3641 or Renée Underwood, Texas Tech Alumni Association National Board
member and marketing chairman for Building on Tradition Capital Campaign at Ru1390@yahoo.com
or (806) 928-0463.