Demolition begins on USM Gulf Park building

Demolition begins on USM Gulf Park building
A two-story, 25,000-square-foot building will go up in place of the complex. (Photo source: WLOX News)
A two-story, 25,000-square-foot building will go up in place of the complex. (Photo source: WLOX News)

LONG BEACH, MS (WLOX) - The demolition of the Holloway Complex has began, and more buildings are coming down at University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Park.

Built in 1993, the complex consists of five modular structures. Once they're torn down, a two-story, 25,000-square-foot building will go up in their place. The new building will have classrooms, study rooms and conference space on the first floor. The second floor will house the College of Business and College of Health.

"I think it's fantastic. I think it gives us an opportunity to increase higher education opportunities across the Gulf Coast, and it allows us to do it in safe and secure manner," said USM Gulf Park Vice President Dr. Steve Miller. "So this will be the last of any of our classrooms that are in temporary modular type spaces. That's very important to me, given our location here in a hurricane zone."

The $7 million project is scheduled to wrap up in May of 2017. Once the College of Business moves into the new building, the current College of Business building will also be demolished.

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