The face of The University of Southern Mississippi is constantly changing due to ongoing campus construction.
Numerous campus buildings are undergoing repairs as a result of February’s tornado.
Michelle Shinall, assistant director of marketing and campus relations for the Physical Plant, said one of the buildings that sustained the most damage was the Ogletree Alumni House.
Contractor BW Sullivan was given notice to proceed with the restoration process on the Alumni House on Aug. 12. Repairs are set to be completed October 2014.
Repairs to the George Hurst building, Marsh Hall and the Mannoni Performing Arts Center are nearly complete. The renovations to these buildings will offer better facilities to the art and music departments, including a jazz rehearsal space and additional graphic design studios.
Elam Arms, the former men’s dormitory located across from the university, was demolished in July after the severe damage it suffered from the tornado.
Conner Miller, a junior international studies major, isn’t happy about the closure of Black and Gold Boulevard.
“That cuts off one of the only connections to the east part of campus,” he said. “I don’t want to have to go all the way down to Fourth Street or Hardy Street to get from one side of campus to the other.”
In addition to ongoing renovations, several new campus buildings will be under construction this fall.
Scott, Vann, Bond Halls have been completely demolished and construction has begun on the new residential complex, Century Park South.
Century Park South will be made up of three buildings, each with five floors. Buildings B and C have an estimated completion date of July 2014. Building A is set for completion in January 2015, and will include the new student health clinic that will be known as Moffitt Health Center.
Construction on the new College of Business building, Scianna Hall, is on schedule and should be completed by fall 2014.
“We are not only excited to bring online projects that will provide state of the art learning spaces such as Scianna Hall and the College of Nursing, but quality residential facilities that will suddenly impact the learning experience of the students,” Shinall said.
For more information about campus construction, visit the Physical Plant website at www.usm.edu/physicalplant.