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JULY 2010 Edition

McGee Design House

I established mcgee designhouse in February of 2009 for two reasons…one: I love Interior Design and two: to better serve Clients. 

Hello, I’m Melinda McGee, Registered Interior Designer and LEED AP, President of mcgee designhouse. 

I bring more than 14 years of commercial design experience to the industry and feel this is a critical factor when selecting an Interior Designer to complete your projects.  You need someone who not only has experience in Higher Education design, but other various sectors.  I’ve had the opportunity to complete projects ranging from Corporate to Healthcare design and then from Hospitality to Government design.  And while my true focus is on Higher Education design, this industry knowledge has better prepared me to take-on many unique and challenging projects, as well as, allowed me to share new concepts and ideas with my clients – ones they may never have heard-of or seen before.  And I’m no stranger to Purdue University.  I’ve had the pleasure of working on projects at the West Lafayette campus such as Windsor Halls, Computer Science Building and the Alumni Center.  I’m currently working on the Purdue Calumet campus, completing interior design for the Center for Hospitality and Tourism Management (HTM) and the Center for Innovation through Visualization and Simulation (CIVS).  These projects have been great fun to work on and I’m really excited about seeing the end result!

I encourage you to call or e-mail me with questions or to just run-something-by-me.  I will always make myself available and love to speak with new industry partners and potential Clients.  As a small business, I take pride in my company – I am flexible, nimble, willing to help however I can and most importantly, I want your project to be a great success!

In addition, I’m certified as a Woman-Owned Business Enterprise (WBE) with the state of Indiana as well as a LEED AP (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional) assisting clients with incorporating sustainable design and initiatives to their existing campus building’s and new facilities.

mcgee desginhouse is looking forward to working with you! 

Melinda McGee, IIDA, LEED AP
mcgee desginhouse


“Melinda has taken a black and white schematic drawing and enhanced the aesthetic value of our Hospitality and Tourism Management Center with an array of colors, textures, beautiful woods, glass, carpets and wall surfaces. She has guided the design team on how the visually dramatic can have a utilitarian focus as well. We are very happy with how our new Center is emerging. “

Michael J. Flannery , Executive Director White Lodging Professor of Hospitality & Tourism Management Purdue Calumet

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Smile Promotions Team

Smile Promotions is a creative, service oriented provider of apparel and promotional products serving all Purdue campuses. As an Indiana company we are certified by the state as a Minority and Woman-Owned Business Enterprise and specialize in serving the education market, but can easily meet the needs of any client big or small. Smile Promotions is an official licensee of Purdue, Indiana and Ball State Universities and maintains preferred supplier status with Indiana and Ohio State Universities. Our services go beyond that of many promotional product providers as we provide you with unique products and marketing solutions that proudly represent the Purdue community and offer you unmatched savings. Below are some of the most popular services we offer:

a) Customized products – Choose from over 750,000 items. Common categories include, but are not limited to: awards, apparel, uniforms, premiums, gifts, institutional products, drink ware, office accessories, office supplies, small electronics, print media, fan gear, banners, bags, table covers, decals and much more…

b) Graphic Services – Design, print layout, identity creation and replication.

c) Custom Web Stores – Your brand and your products!

d) Product design & development with direct import capability.

There are many ways our products are used by Purdue: conferences, training, loyalty, reward, appreciation, fundraising, and
incentive programs are just a few. The team at Smile Promotions has been setting new benchmarks for competitors in creative solutions, efficient service, price, and product variety. We have access to over 3,400 of the industry’s top suppliers along with detailed rating information at our fingertips. Our promise is to provide quality custom imprinted products with outstanding customer service at competitive prices. We believe that by listening, promising and delivering as a team, your needs are best served. Our commitment to Purdue is to deliver quality products, on time, every time, as ordered, and to do this efficiently. This is what we do for all our clients and WE DO WHATEVER IT TAKES to keep our promises. We grade ourselves based on client feedback and we consistently exceed client expectations with a rating of 4.9 out of 5!

Michelle Heitink, Executive Director
Smile Promotions


“Smile Promotions has been an extremely reliable vendor for us over the past few years. They always have the latest products, and their customer service is outstanding. They’re willing to do whatever to take to ensure that we are satisfied with our order.”

Megan Sheridan, Marketing Manager Center for Food and Agricultural business Purdue University

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