Archive for the ‘Construction Mississippi’ Category

New MSBOC director goes from lawyer to pioneer

Stephanie Sills Lee was well on her way to a stellar career in the field of law when a life-changing event forced her to re-evaluate where she was and where she was going. Little did she know that her new direction would land her as the executive director of the Mississippi State Board of Contractors […] [...]

Contractors are building against the elements

Everyone knows the winter months are not the best of times for the construction industry. Contractors have always had to adopt strategies to survive the cold weather months when construction activity wanes. This seasonal adjustment is in addition to the economic woes of recent years. However, construction association executives say their members are coping. Mike […] [...]

Retirement won’t stop Nations’ legacy

Perry Nations, 75, a strong voice for the construction industry for more than 35 years, retired as executive director of Associated General Contractors on Dec. 31, 2012. Two days later, he took a new job as vice president of the Mississippi Construction Education Foundation. “I’m a workaholic,” Nations admits. “It is a challenge to come […] [...]

Green construction can be fiscally sound

As interest grows in building homes and commercial properties that are sensitive to the environment and that make the best use of resources, what should people consider before building? David Turner has a two-word answer to that question, “Resource management.” The owner of Sustainable Construction, a Jackson residential and commercial building company, says those words […] [...]

South sees bump in construction backlog but sector still flat overall

The South is rising again, at least in comparison to construction activity with the rest of the country. Construction contractors looking for jobs should keep their eye on Dixie, says Anirban Basu, the Maryland-based chief economist for the Associated Builders and Contractors, whose Mississippi chapter is headquartered in Pearl and has an office in Gulfport. […] [...]

Post-Katrina funds bring wealth of public buildings to the Mississippi Gulf Coast

There are many vacant lots on the Coast’s post-Katrina landscape where homes, businesses and churches once stood. However, a number of public facilities have been constructed to replace those lost in the 2005 hurricane. A combination of funds through the Mississippi Development Authority, federal Community Development Block Grants, FEMA and insurance proceeds were used to […] [...]

CONSTRUCTION — How do low-E windows work?

Low-emissivity (low-E) glass windows work by controlling the heat transfer through windows with insulated glazing. The windows reflect the heat during the summer, while allowing the heat in during the winter. “The angles of the sun control it,” said Todd Cantor, general manager of Window King in Gulfport. “The window is designed to allow the […] [...]

CONSTRUCTION — Keesler and Habitat for Humanity decide to ‘LEED and they will follow’

The $287-million project to replace family housing at Keesler Air Force Base after Hurricane Katrina in 2005 was not only the largest housing construction project in Air Force history. It also became what was at the time the largest project in the country to receive Leadership in Environment Design (LEED) Silver certification for advances in […] [...]

State showing signs of recovery

Home building in many areas of the state is gradually improving with most major cities showing an increased number of building permits in 2011 compared to 2010. “We’re seeing a little bit of market activity pick up, and are actually forecasting a slight increase this year,” said Marty Milstead, executive vice president, Home Builders Association […] [...]

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