JACKSON COUNTY, MS (WLOX) - By Patrice Clark - email
PASCAGOULA, MS (WL0X) - More than a hundred Jackson County employees are getting closer to finally moving out of FEMA trailers and into a new multi-million dollar building. Wednesday, a construction commencement ceremony was held for the mega county services complex going up in Pascagoula. The large facility will be a one stop service shop for county services.
Jackson County officials used gold "wrenches" to anchor pilings into place as a way to mark a new $13 million services complex project. The county said the facility will be large enough for 16 departments. It will also be strong, sturdy and green.
"It is a structure that is designed to be energy efficient," County Supervisor Mike Mangum said. "It has a lot of glass in it. It doesn't look like a big metal building, it looks very modern."
The contemporary 65,000 square foot building will replace the collection of small trailers that dozens of county workers have been in since Hurricane Katrina clobbered their old buildings in Pascagoula.
"We have several people in our office all cramped in one building, and our storage needs make it extremely tight," county employee Nicholas Elmore said.
"Here is a prime example of our confined space," employee Janet Krebs said, pointing to the clutter in her office. "Typically, we had our filing system in one place. Now we are kind of scattered out in the trailer."
Once the building is up and running, it will do more than just make the employees feel more comfortable. It will also be easier for residents to take care of county business
"We are taking advantage of the dollars given to Jackson County," Supervisor Mangum said. "We are building something that is functional and will last long time and something that we really needed."
Jackson County officials said the multi-million dollar building will open to employees and citizens in the fall of 2011.