Louisville’s Southern Baptist Theological Seminary (SBTS) cut the ribbon recently on its newly renovated Mullins Complex, home to its undergraduate school, Boyce College. Messer led the 130,000-square-foot renovation of the nearly 90-year-old complex, which is comprised of five halls named for major figures in the Seminary’s history. It includes residences, common space and faculty offices.

At $20 million, the renovation stands as the largest single project in the history of the Seminary. But it was completed in only seven months. The site team began demolition work in December 2013, and then led a comprehensive interior redesign.

SBTS President R. Albert Mohler Jr. said at the ceremony that renovation took aim at the Seminary’s future.

“If you’ve been in this building in times past and you go in it now, you would not know it as the same building. Thankfully it is on the outside – it still says everything it’s supposed to say about Southern Seminary.

“On the inside, it’s retrofitted to the needs of college students and the growing, thriving college for the next generation. For that, we’re exceedingly thankful.”

Mullins renovation by the numbers:

  • 23 man years spent completing the project500 windows replaced
  • 650 construction workers
  • 100 miles of electrical wire
  • 500 dumpster loads of demolition material
  • 360,000 square feet of drywall used
  • 120,000 square feet of carpet installed
  • 2,500 gallons of paint

What does it include?

  • 96 suites
  • 221 rooms
  • 349 beds
  • Interior and exterior security cameras
  • Access control card readers
  • 17 faculty offices in Whitsitt Hall
  • Five outdoor gathering spaces

Student gathering space inside Sampey Commons:

  • Climbing wall
  • Two kitchens
  • Recording studio
  • Entertainment studio