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Construction Projects Continue at Southern Miss Hattiesburg, Gulf Coast PDF Print E-mail
Friday, August 07, 2009
Contact David Tisdale, 601.266.4499   

, Miss.  – A variety of construction projects are underway or near completion at The University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus and at two of its Gulf Coast teaching sites

These projects include facilities dedicated to student activities, residence life, classroom and laboratory space, research, economic development and athletics, among others.

The projects include: 
  • Trent Lott Center: Completion of the facility that will be home to the university’s Economic and Workforce Development programs and Foundation offices is set for October. Work is being done to complete the interior on the second and third floors, along with expansion of the central energy plant located in the back of the building.
  • Century Park, an 864-bed living-learning residential community, is expected to be completed by June and ready for occupancy for the 2010 fall semester. The four-building complex will include a learning center with classrooms and an energy plant building. Yates Construction of Philadelphia, Miss. is the contractor.
  • University Commons demolition: Precision Construction of Hattiesburg will begin demolishing the structure built in 1962 and used as the university’s primary dining facility. This project is expected to be completed in early fall, with the area expected to be converted into a landscaped green space in the future.
  • Old Textbook Center – This facility, located across from Cook Library, is being renovated to house the university’s Math Zone. Work is expected to be complete by December. It will have 120 computer stations for math tutoring and a 40-seat classroom. Built in 1927, it was used as a girl’s gymnasium for the university’s Demonstration School, a grade school designed to train university students studying to become teachers. D.C. Construction of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • The Hub: Located at the center of campus, this historic building is being renovated to house the university’s Student Government and Student Activities offices. Work is expected to be complete by September. D.C. Construction of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • Ogletree Alumni House: Work is winding down on renovation of the exterior of the historic campus building that was once the president’s home and is home to the university’s Alumni Association. A ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held Sept. 11 to celebrate its reopening. D.C. Construction is the contractor.
  • Parking Garage: Work will begin this fall on the facility located behind Bond Hall that will include 1,200 parking spaces. Finlo Construction of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • Loyalty Field Parking Lot: Expected to be complete before the fall 2009 semester begins.
  • Tennis Courts: This state-of-the-art facility, located on Pearl Street, is expected to be complete by the beginning of the fall 2009 semester. B.W. Sullivan of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • Data Center upgrade: Located behind Forrest County Hall, this project is a complete upgrade of mechanical and electrical services of the center of campus computing. Once complete, the Data Center will have more than double the uninterrupted power service capacity in the event of a power failure. A ribbon cutting ceremony is set for Aug. 14. B.W. Sullivan of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • The Accelerator: Expected to be complete this fall, this polymer research facility located at The Garden (the university’s innovation and commercialization park) will be three connected buildings that will include laboratories, business incubator space, and offices of the Mississippi Polymer Institute. Mac’s Construction of Hattiesburg is the contractor.
  • An enhancement of the main entrance to Southern Miss’ Hattiesburg campus, in conjunction with the university’s centennial, has begun. More details about this project will be made available in the future.
  • Construction projects at Southern Miss Gulf Coast include at the Gulf Coast Research Laboratory’s Cedar Point site, with a marine research laboratory and offices complex to be completed in May 2010. C. Perry Construction of Sumrall is the contractor. A red snapper laboratory is set for completion in March of 2010, with Starks Construction of Biloxi serving as contractor.  
  • An oceanographic support facility at the university’s Center for Higher Learning, located at Stennis Space Center, is scheduled for completion this fall. Thompson Construction of Greenville is the contractor.
 Work continues on Century Park, a new residence life facility at The University of Southern Mississippi. It is one of many ongoing construction projects at Southern Miss. (Southern Miss photo by Steve Rouse)

About The University of Southern MississippiThe 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


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