Topping Out Celebration!

On March 5, more than 90 subcontractors along with representatives from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and Eley Guild Hardy Architect, joined Wharton-Smith’s Gulf Coast Commercial Division to celebrate the topping out of the Fine & Performing Arts Center at MGCCC. See more pictures.

To kick-off the event, Project Manager Bryan Jones offered some words of gratitude to the subcontractors who work on the project, the design team, and the owners. Also attending was the president of MGCCC, Dr. Mary Graham, who said, “I have been with the college for 33 years, and during that time, I have been a part of many construction projects on campus — five of which are going on right now. I have to say that Wharton-Smith is by far the best firm we have worked with.”

The festivities included pulled pork and sides from Dickey’s BBQ, and more than $2,000 in door prizes, including a Yeti cooler, gift cards, and power tools. Every craft worker went home with a prize.

The project team is constructing a 66,500-square-foot, three story, performing arts building. The $22.1 million building will consist of 1,200 seat theater, offices, classrooms, recording studio, restrooms, scene shop, and all associated theater spaces.