Millsaps Chapel Project Has ‘Special Place in Our Heart’ for Contractor

W.G. Yates & Sons Construction Company is not only the general contractor for a project to totally transform the interior of the Millsaps Christian Center but has also donated $2.2 million toward turning the historic building into a modern facility that will include at its center an inspiring light-filled cruciform chapel.

“We have some great projects and are honored to be all over the world in different things, interesting things, from the State Department to Volvo and Mercedes, but this project has a special place in our heart,” said William G. Yates III, President and CEO of Yates Construction. “I’ve been talking to Rob Pearigen (President of Millsaps) about this project for several years, and his vision and commitment and dedication to make this happen has really been inspiring.”

Plans include construction of a state-of-the-art lecture hall, high-tech classrooms, faculty offices, suites, and seminar rooms to be used by the departments of English, history, religious studies, philosophy, and classical studies. The building’s front façade will be restored and enhanced with a new clock tower which will be reconstructed to match the original.

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