Projects & Construction

The Physical Plant strives to construct an environment conducive to the education, research and service goals of The University of Southern Mississippi.  All projects initiated and managed by the Physical Plant are intended to address the tenets established by the University Master Plan.  Last approved by the IHL board in 2008, the plan addresses the following:

  • Ensuring the physical campus setting continues to strengthen the quality of the collegiate experience
  • Reforming and reshaping residential life through creation of vibrant living/learning districts
  • Regenerating the historic core as the heart of campus
  • Promoting a strategy for growth that organizes development in accordance with existing campus districts
  • Maintaining a respectful, engaged relationship with the city of Hattiesburg


Major Projects, Renovations and Upgrades In Progress

Asbury Hall
College of Nursing - Asbury Hall

To be located on the western edge of campus on the corner of Montague and Ross Boulevard, this state-of-the-art facility will increase the square footage dedicated to the College of Nursing by 135 percent. The building will feature student interactive areas, an enlarged & enhanced clinical simulation lab, as well as computer labs and classrooms. Construction began in June of 2014, with an estimated completion in the Summer of 2016.

Impact: The spaces in the Theatre & Dance parking lot, from Ross Boulevard to the Wesley Foundation building have been permanently consumed by the project.  Additional outages or interruptions will me announced as the project progresses. 


Other Projects in Progress 

  • Lucas Administration Terracotta & Foundation Repairs Completion Date: 2017
  • Bolton Hall Renovations Completion Date: TBD
  • Building ID Signage Installation Completion Date: Ongoing 
  • Campus Lighting Upgrade Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Cochran Center Theatre Project Completion Date: Fall 2017
  • Demolition of Houses & Trailers Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Energy Reduction Retrofit Completion Date: Ongoing
  • Football Locker Room Completion Date: TBD
  • Fourth Street to Hillcrest Pathway Completion Date: Fall 2016
  • GIS Mapping and Infrastructure Surve, Phase II Completion Date: 
  • Joseph Greene Hall Renovations Completion Date: TBD
  • Payne Center Rock Climbing Wall Completion Date: TBD
  • Payne Center Lighting Retrofit Project Completion Date: TBD
  • Payne Center Elevator Upgrade Completion Date: February 2016
  • Pride Field Band Director's Tower, Turf and Fence Project Completion Date: Fall 2016 
  • Pride Field to Scianna Hall Pedestrian Pathway Completion Date: July 2016
  • School of Kinesiology Building Foundation Support Readjustment Completion Date: February 2016
  • Starbucks HVAC Upgrade Completion: Summer 2016
  • Walker Science HVAC Upgrade Completion Date: 2016


Projects on the Horizon

  • Southern Hall Renovations
  • Harkins Hall Renovations
  • Fritzsche-Gibbs Hall Renovations