Southern Miss Gulf Park Campus to Get New $7.6M Science Building
Wednesday, February 10, 2010
Contact Charmaine Williams Schmermund, 228.865.4573   

Construction of a new building on The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus is a sure sign of its recovery from Hurricane Katrina.

The $7.6 million Science Building will feature 33,580 square feet of biology and chemistry laboratories, a marine science laboratory, faculty offices, research space and classrooms. Construction for the facility is scheduled to begin in fall 2010 and is expected to be ready for occupancy by spring 2012.

“We are grateful to the Mississippi Legislature for this funding,” said Dr. Pat Joachim, associate provost for Southern Miss Gulf Coast. “This new facility will provide much-needed space for our growing student population.”

Currently in the planning phase with Allred Architectural Group, the building will be constructed on the northwest corner of campus, which is located outside of the FEMA flood zone. Funded through Senate bills in 2003 and 2004, the Science Building will match the architectural style of the campus’ Advanced Education Center and library.

“This building will be sited to allow for future development in that area of the campus,” said David Taylor, physical plant director for Southern Miss Gulf Coast. “This projected growth would include additional parking and utilities.”

For more information on Southern Miss Gulf Coast, visit www.usm.edu/gulfcoast.

About The University of Southern Mississippi
The University of Southern Mississippi, founded in 1910, is a comprehensive doctoral and research-extensive university fulfilling its mission of being a leading university in engaging and empowering individuals to transform lives and communities. In a tradition of leadership for student development, Southern Miss is educating a 21st century work force providing intellectual capital, cultural enrichment and innovation to Mississippi and the world. Southern Miss is located in Hattiesburg, Miss., with an additional campus and teaching and research sites on the Mississippi Gulf Coast; further information is found at www.usm.edu/gulfcoast .
                                                                                        
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