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USM Updates Progress Of Two New Buildings

USM-Gulf Coast plans to start holding classes in the new Advanced Education Center in January. The new building houses a 500 seat auditorium, computer labs, and 24 state of the art classrooms. Right now, crews are installing ceramic tile floors, electrical wiring and doing other touch up work.

Vice President Dr. Jim Williams says they've been teaching in classrooms that are less than desirable. The new building gives them good, modern classroom space.  The rooms are equipped for technology, so there's a lot of excitement about the expansion project.

Dr. Tom Compton is Director of Physical Plant and Security. He says they'll accept the Advanced Education Center from the contractor probably in the next 20 days or so, and plan to start moving into the building right before Christmas.

You can also hear the sounds of progress in the new library. The 3-story building will become the focal point for students on the Long Beach campus. Dr. Jim Williams says students are going to have access to a library that will truly be a university library. The library will have a lot of technology in it, in addition to the books and materials.

You can now see the progress of the library construction from your very own home. USM Gulf Park has mounted a camera on top of the administration building, pointed at the library. The camera captures images of the library and sends updated pictures over the Internet throughout the day. Dr. Williams says a number of people have seen the progress on the USM web site, so it's been a unique feature for the school.

It won't be long before students and faculty can stop watching the construction and start moving in to the new buildings. Construction on the Advanced Education Center wraps up at the end of the year. The library should be ready by March of next year.

By: Trang Pham-Bui

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