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Sarah Carr and Rebecca Brady
BPC students Sarah Carr and Rebecca Brady give a “thumbs up” to the renovation of McAllister Hall. They are standing in the bathrooms, which will receive all new wiring and plumbing. The showers had just been installed when the ladies toured earlier this month.

Renovation of McAllister Hall

 Phase One: The East Wing

By Kelley M. Arnold

Interim Director of Marketing

MOUNT VERNON—Brewton-Parker College’s oldest women’s residence hall is in the midst of a $1.5 million “face lift”, thanks to the generosity of donations and donors from around the country.

             

Brewton-Parker College began renovations to the circa 1946 building in July 2009.

             

Lentile Construction of Dublin is managing the project, and more than 20 contractors and subcontractors are busily refreshing the much-loved women’s residence hall. Included in those contractors are the Georgia Department of Corrections, who is building the furniture – raised beds, new chest of drawers and desks.

             

Dr. Melton
Dr. Melton shows off the new wall-mounted DVD/VCR/TV ledge that will be custom fitted to each room.

Many women have called McAllister Hall “home” over the last seven decades, and this is the second major update the building has seen, beyond general repairs and maintenance.

             

“We are essentially gutting the building and refurnishing, from pulling up the carpeting and refinishing the hardwood floors, to new plumbing and electrical, and a new HVAC system, to all new bathroom fixtures and furniture in the rooms. The new showers were installed earlier this month. Daily, something new is being done to this side of McAllister,” said Dr. Ron Melton, Brewton-Parker College provost and administrator overseeing the renovation of the building.

             

The ladies occupying the west wing of the building, which is not currently under renovation, are eagerly looking forward to the day in January that they can “flip flop” and make a new home in the refinished side of the building. Dr. Melton expects the east wing’s renovations to be complete in time for the beginning of the Spring 2010 semester, and the exodus from the west to the east wing will include a large “Moving Day” party, with faculty, staff and administration pitching in along with other students to help move the McAllister ladies from the old to the new.

             

“We are all ready to help move our ladies from the old part of the building to the new spaces,” said Dr. David R. Smith, BPC President. “We are going to have a party and all the inconvenience will be worth it. We have a great contractor and quality workers, who hold very high standards. We are on track.”

             

Subcontractor in McAllister Hall
A subcontractor works in the East Wing hallway of McAllister Hall.

The renovation is funded entirely by donations, a fact that makes this project even more special to the college and its students, said Dr. H. Lee Cheek Jr., BPC Vice President for College Advancement.

             

“Our renovation of McAllister is an act of love for a structure that has been central to the lives of our students in the past, and as a gift to the future generations of Brewton-Parker students who will benefit from this state of the art facility!” Dr. Cheek explained. “In a challenging economy, many alumni, friends, and institutional benefactors have sacrificed to help initiate this grand and vital project. It is also not too late to contribute to the renovation and bring the enterprise to fruition.”

             

Senior Sarah Elizabeth Carr has lived in McAllister all of her college career at BPC, and she’s ready to be one of the first women to live in what will surely be known as the post-renovation era of McAllister.

             

“Sweet! I’m so excited,” she said, during a special tour of the renovations earlier this month where she was explained how the new rooms would be set up with furniture and additional storage. “I’ve already been peeking through the windows.’

             

Senior Rebecca Braddy agrees. She has lived in McAllister Hall for three years, “always upstairs.”

             

“It’s exciting to know they are doing stuff. I heard (the contractors) this morning as I was waking up. It’s nice to know that what I’m hearing is people working on (across the courtyard) is getting us into our new rooms as quickly as possible,” Braddy added.

             

Dr. David Smith and Maria Landrum, McAllister Hall
Dr. David R. Smith, BPC president, points out the new windows to BPC student Maria Landrum. (Photos by E’Quain Rhodes)

The Student Government Association, Circle K and the BPC Women’s Fellowship are a few of the campus organizations who have contributed time and money to the fundraising efforts. The BPC Chili Cook-off, which will be held for the second year on the Mount Vernon campus Oct. 24, was born of the necessity to raise money for the renovation. The cook-off is poised to be a community event for years to come.

             

Organizer and wife of BPC President, Jackie Smith, is pleased the cook-off was such a success last year and is positive the community’s participation this year will help to further the renovation’s completion.

             

“We raised enough money last year to purchase a room in McAllister,” said Smith. “We are hoping to raise enough to name another room this year as well.”

             

There are several naming opportunities still available to members of the community. A room may be named in honor of or in memory of a loved one, or even in recognition of a club or service organization. These rooms will no longer have room numbers, but will forevermore be called by the donor’s choice. For example, Carr may move into the BPC Women’s Fellowship room next spring. To find out more about available naming opportunities, contact the Office of College Advancement at 912-583-3255.

             

To learn more about the cook-off, contact the following: Ticket Pre-Sales and Entertainment, Jennifer Blaylock, 912-583-3210; Team Registration, Barbara Keel, 912-583-3202. Team registration deadline is Oct.10.

             

Brewton-Parker College is the only accredited four-year Christian college in south Georgia.             

             

More Photos

Sign on McAllister Hall
The sign on the back entrance to McAllister Hall announces a much-awaited renovation to the beloved women’s residence hall, the oldest residence hall on the Mount Vernon campus.
Ceiling tiles, tour of McAllister Hall
Dr. Ron Melton, BPC provost, explains the renovation of the ceiling in McAllister Hall. It will be dropped to allow the wiring to be covered by ceiling tiles. Ray Hamilton, director of BPC Plant Operations, holds the new light fixture that will be installed in each room

 

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Updated on: April 15, 2010 8:26 PM