East Mississippi Community College’s newly completed three-story dormitory is 42,636 square feet and houses 144 residents in 72 bedrooms. The building is a structural steel-wood framed hybrid. The exterior is brick masonry. Each of the 72 rooms include a full bathroom with ceramic tile, durable finishes, solid wood vanities with solid surface counter tops and integrated storage.
Having a sense of community is very important for the students and faculty at EMCC. On the third floor of the student housing building, there are student break-out rooms that are aluminum framed store front glass that provides a sense of community with privacy for studying. There is a full-service kitchen on the second floor with a balcony overlooking the first floor. The hallways are wider than standard to facilitate moving, but also encourage congregating for fellowship. As the safety of the students is a top priority for the college, we installed access control devices for each dorm room, hallway, and exterior doors to allow students and staff to use their EMCC IDs for entry into designated areas.
As most projects that were underway during 2020 and the COVID-19 pandemic, there were challenges with new regulations and the health and well being of our people working on the jobsite and managing it a way that would not slow down the project. We were able to complete the project in 16 months and have the students move in on time within the original schedule of Spring Semester in January of 2021!
“The new Animal and Dairy Sciences Building provides our students and faculty with an exceptional teaching and learning environment,” said MSU President Mark E. Keenum. “This building will further enhance Mississippi State’s national and international leadership in agricultural sciences research and education.”
George Hopper, dean of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences and director of the Mississippi Agricultural and Forestry Experiment Station, emphasized how the building positions the department for the future.
“The Department of Animal and Dairy Sciences has a legacy of training future leaders in animal agriculture,” Hopper said. “This facility will allow department faculty and staff to expand teaching, research and outreach efforts to assist the more than 16,000 livestock farmers in Mississippi.”
The Animal and Dairy Sciences Building will serve the department’s growing student body, which includes approximately 430 undergraduates and 30 graduate students. The facility also will house the department’s some 40 faculty members and staff. The space includes classrooms, laboratories, faculty offices, conference rooms and a graduate assistant suite. A food retail space on the first floor, adjacent to the main lobby, has been named by the Mississippi State Equine Association.
Century Construction is currently constructing the $17.3 million contract for Garland Hedleston Mayes Renovations at The University of Mississippi. This project, designed to support the needs of the School of Applied Sciences, includes selective demolition of the interiors along with complete interior renovations of the three buildings originally built in 1938. As part of the project, a new two-story classroom building will be constructed and connected to the renovated structures.
To meet historical standards, the exterior facades of the three 1938 GHM buildings are being meticulously restored to match the original construction features. The windows, precast masonry, cornices, and roofing are being reproduced in profile and precise dimensions to simulate the original construction.