April 18, 2014  

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Construction to Begin Soon on New Residential Halls at Southern Miss

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This artist's rendering shows Century Park South, which will include three buildings with five floors in each structure on The University of Southern Mississippi's Hattiesburg campus.

Construction is scheduled to begin soon on a massive student housing project that will transform The University of Southern Mississippi’s venerable Hattiesburg campus.

Century Park South will bring state-of-the art residence halls to Southern Miss, providing 954 beds for freshmen and other scholarship students. The $55.6 million project will feature three buildings, with five floors in each structure.

“The addition of Century Park South will be transformational for our Hattiesburg campus. Not only will we now have a critical mass of state of the art luxury housing for students, but also that north central part of campus will become a beautiful showcase area,” said Dr. Joe Paul, vice president for Student Affairs. "This will complete the second phase of our master plan for campus housing and will serve us well as we grow for many years to come.”

The new construction comes on the heels of Century Park North’s grand opening in August, 2010. Located just across Fourth Street and the main campus, Century Park includes four buildings with four floors and 864 beds.

To make room for Century Park South, two aging residence halls – Vann Hall and Scott Hall – were demolished. The east end of Bond Hall, which housed staff offices primarily, was also included in the demolition plan. Southern Miss officials note that the demolition process is nearing completion.

The McCarty Company-Design Group, P.A. of Tupelo, Miss., is serving as the lead architect on the project with assistance from Hanbury Evans Wright Vlattas + Company, Architectural Planning Company of Norfolk, Va. Harrell Contracting Group, LLC, of Jackson, Miss., has been chosen as the contractor, pending approval by the Board of Trustees of State Institutions of Higher Learning.

Buildings B and C of the project have an estimated completion date of July, 2014 with 511 beds available for the fall semester. Building B will be designated as Luckyday Citizenship Hall pending approval by the IHL Board. It will house Luckyday Scholarship students and Luckyday offices. The Luckyday Foundation made a $4 million gift commitment toward construction of the Century Park South complex in November, 2011.

Building A, which will also include the new Moffitt Health Center, is scheduled for completion in January, 2015. The remaining beds would be move-in ready for the spring semester of that year.

Some modern conveniences available to students as part of Century Park South include the following:

  • Majority will be double rooms with private baths
  • Larger social areas, lounges and meeting spaces for a home-like ambience
  • Mini-kitchens with ovens and microwaves provided in some lounge areas
  • Each residential room will have a thermostat for personal temperature control
  • Study/quiet room separate from lounges
  • Full laundromats in multiple locations
  • Energy management systems with sensors that monitor temperature and humidity in different zones
  • Oxygen level monitors to ensure fresh air circulation

For more information about the Century Park housing, contact the Department of Residence Life at 601.266.4783 or reslife@usm.edu