Project Recap: Gillespie Center renovation


Holladay Construction Group and Holladay Properties in South Bend teamed up for a renovation at the Gillespie Conference & Special Event Center, located at 53995 State Road 933. The project included updates to the pre-function space, restrooms, and the ballroom.

The pre-function space renovations included:

  • New wall coverings
  • Fresh paint on the trim and doors
  • New drapes
  • New upholstered chairs and side tables
  • Unique mirrors
  • New signage
  • Six new chandeliers with adjustable rings hung from two steel cables - each chandelier was creatively configured so no one is alike

The restrooms also received new wall coverings and a fresh paint. A 65” TV will also be installed in the pre-function space to advertise the Gillespie Center and can be customized to display photos during events.

The main ballroom space updates included:

  • New wall coverings
  • Fresh paint on the trim and doors
  • Removal of the old ceiling cove wallpaper, which was replaced paint in a contrasting color
  • New motorized drapes
  • Black out roller shades
  • New Crestron control screens
  • New signage
  • The general down lighting and light cove lighting will be updated to LED

The renovation was completed in just two weeks. Lauren Quiett, Project Designer, designed and coordinated the Gillespie Center improvements for Holladay Properties. The facilities staff at the Hilton Garden Inn and The Inn at Saint Mary’s also helped during construction, while audio/visual improvements are being performed by AVI.

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