LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park campus has taken the first steps to constructing its new $7 million Business and Health Building.
Demolition began this week on the former Holloway Complex to make room for the 25,000-square feet facility that will take its place.
The facility will include 25,000-square feet of classrooms, breakout rooms, and conference rooms that will be shared by all of the academic disciplines. The Colleges of Business and Health will each occupy separate spaces on the second floor of the building and will contain more than 30 offices for faculty members.
According to Gulf Park campus vice president Dr. Steve Miller, the new structure will be a safer and more permanent facility for the university and will enhance learning with its newly designed and technologically-equipped classrooms.
The Mississippi Legislature appropriated $3.5 million for the Business and Health Building Project, and an additional $3.5 million was appropriated for general repairs and restoration of the Long Beach campus.
While demolition of the Holloway Complex should be completed by the end of November, the entire project is not expected to be finished until May 2017.
The new addition was designed by McCarty Architects in Tupelo, MS.