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Dale Partners forges ahead amid tragedy, recession

Architecture firms have taken a hit with the building decline that followed the recent recession. One way some architectural firms have responded is with mergers and acquisitions that create economies of scale and bring in specialties that are in demand. One such merger was between Barranco Architecture and Dale and Associates Architects, P.A. in January 2011. The founder of Barranco ...

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Poros: "Mississippi kind of grows on you"

John Poros came to Mississippi State University to serve two years as a visiting professor in the College of Architecture, Art & Design. That was 13 years ago and the Silver Spring, Md., native is happily ensconced as an associate professor of architecture and as director of the Carl Small Town Center. He came to MSU from Philadelphia, Pa., where ...

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Rallying behind sustainability

I have never been to a ghost town. I don’t view this as an unfortunate shortcoming of my youth; I have seen enough Westerns in my years that I get the idea. I don’t imagine that they are really ghosts towns anymore as much as they are the idea of a ghost town with souvenir stands with t-shirts and snow ...

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GreenMobile Design

When most people think of factory-built manufactured housing, they likely aren’t also thinking about the potential for this to be the most affordable way to build green, energy-efficient and sustainable housing. One person who is thinking about that is Michael A. Berk, the director Mississippi State University (MSU) School of Architecture. He has been invited a number of prestigious conferences ...

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Getting a brand new look with an old, classic style

Imitation is not only the sincerest form of flattery; it can be a profitable business opportunity for contractors and skilled laborers. Throughout the state and across the nation, old buildings are finding new life through their preservation and adaptive reuse. Prime examples of such undertakings are projects in Jackson with the Standard Life Building, the King Edward Hotel, the Federal ...

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‘Where the smoke and fire happens’

That earth-shaking, rumbling sound that’s come from the John C. Stennis Space Center the last 45 years is not going away, even though the space shuttle program is all but over and the Constellation deep space exploration project died in infancy. “No matter what the architecture is going to be after the shuttle,” the rockets for the new mission will ...

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Stennis a solid booster of gulf region economy

Rocket noise that can be heard for miles around the John C. Stennis Space Center strikes a sweet note for Mississippi’s economy. The impact is estimated at $616 million annually for a region that takes in a 50-mile radius of the center tucked into the southwest corner of Mississippi near Bay St. Louis. Without the center, the region would lose ...

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Yazoo clay can be a dirty word

Changes to downtown Jackson are happening daily. Not all of those changes are good, though. In a city now teeming with construction projects that are adding vibrancy to the area’s rebirth, businesses’ contractors are waging battles to keep the daily changes underground from wrecking progress. The culprit: Yazoo clay, a material that is extremely expansive that swells to four time ...

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