Overton Hotel & Convention Center
Wilks Masonry Corporation
Architect: DLR Group
General Contractor: Turner Construction Company; Lee Lewis Construction
Suppliers: Advanced Architectural Stone, Inc. ; Blackson Brick Company
Owner: City of Lubbock and Garfield Traub Development
The hotel and conference center is a public/private partnership with the City of Lubbock being developed by Garfield Traub Development, LLC and to be operated by 1859 Historic Hotels, Ltd. “These world-class facilities will contribute greatly to Lubbock’s ability to attract state and regional meetings and conferences and are planned to maximize economic impact,” said Steve Moffett, President of Garfield Traub’s Hospitality Division
The Hotel is 15 stories with 304 rooms and the conference center nearly double to 47,600 sqft. It is a long-sought development, of the truly first class, full-service hotel and conference center in the high-plains region of Texas. It has a stunning lobby with 22 ft high ceilings with an exquisite 11,400 sqft ballroom.
Since first announcing plans for the complex, Garfield Traub and 1859 Historic Hotels say the project has grown considerably. “From the number of floors and rooms to the conference center footprint and layout, it has all evolved to better fit the market profile and the needs of the City. This is now a $66 million development that the entire project team was excited to lead from groundbreaking to completion.
The 185 ft scaffolding it took to construct the hotel proved that safety was our biggest challenge. Thoroughness of safety checks and safety monitoring, this project was 100% accident free. Maintaining the quality of workman ship at those heights took planning and craftsman ship to achieve the owner’s vision.
The product quality was above standard and delivery was coordinated so that the project was completed ahead of schedule. This is due to the professionalism and attention to quality by Advanced Cast Stone and Blackson Brick which allowed all members involved to produce a successful project.
Date of Project Completion: September 2009
Photography by Sean Willis