Developer Mixes Old And New In Rebuilding

"Well, Ocean Springs is growing like the whole coast and we know that the professional area needs to have their place to reside and so instead of just putting up office buildings, we thought we'd put a theme, something that has some character, the charm of Ocean Springs," said developer Bill Gryder.

And that theme here at this professional office complex on Government Street encompasses the architecture of yesteryear, which includes replicas of Tullis Manor, the Gilless Home, and even fishing villas.

But it's the modern twist Bill Gryder hopes will attract South Mississippians post-Katrina.

This building, which will be a replica of Bellingrath Gardens, is being built with special material known as ICF blocks.

"These blocks are the insulated concrete forms that are filled with concrete that have building construction that sustain 200 mile per hour winds. Its debris-proof, sound resistant, has an r-factor of r-50, so it's just amazing what this new technology has done for us," said Gryder.

In fact, this replica of Tullis Manor, which is built with ICF blocks, survived Katrina without any damage.

Gryder hopes to add seven more buildings to this professional complex, but he hopes South Mississippians will keep in mind the idea of building back, but stronger than before, whether it be office space or homes.

"Ocean Springs is a nice, sweet charming community. It has a lot of southern charm, and we see the development coming along and we'd like to capitalize on the development without losing any of the charm of southern Mississippi," said Gryder.

And if you are interested in checking out the insulated concrete forms for your office or home, call Bill Gryder for more information at 875-7224.