June 23, 2017  

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Demolition Begins at USM Gulf Park Campus to Pave Way for $7 Million Business and Health Building Project

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The initial stages of a construction project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus in Long Beach has begun with demolition of the former Holloway Complex.

The complex, comprised of five modular units housing classrooms and offices for the colleges of Business and Health, is being torn down to make way for a $7 million facility that will provide 25,000-square feet of space for students, faculty and staff. The Business and Health Building Project has an estimated completion date of May, 2017.

“This building is important because it replaces the last of the modular/temporary structures being used for classroom instruction and faculty/staff office space,” said Dr. Steve Miller, vice president for the Gulf Park campus. “Having safer, building code constructed permanent facilities is extremely important in this hurricane zone. In addition, the newly designed and technologically equipped classrooms enhance learning and student success.”

Miller notes that the demolition work should be completed in late November. The bid award and notice to proceed for construction of the new building is scheduled for January. McCarty Architects in Tupelo, Miss., designed the facility.

The Business and Health Building Project is being funded from $3.5 million appropriated by the Mississippi Legislature and an additional $3.5 million appropriated by the legislature for general repairs to, and restoration of, Southern Miss facilities.

The building’s classrooms, breakout rooms and conference rooms will serve as a shared resource for all academic disciplines on the campus. The colleges of Business and Health will occupy separate spaces on the second floor. More than 30 faculty offices have been outlined in the building design.

“This will give each college an identity and defined place for students to connect with the appropriate personnel for their areas of study,” said Miller.

Emphasizing the importance of safety and security, Miller says the building meets every standard for new construction on the Gulf Park campus.

“Each day, my priority is to ensure the safest, most secure learning environment possible for our students, faculty, and staff,” he said. “This new facility, constructed to the latest building codes and equipped with state-of-the-art safety/security features, helps to address that priority.”

For more information about the Southern Miss Gulf Park campus, visit: www.usm.edu/gulfcoast