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MAKING JACKSON A BETTER PLACE — Ann Somers enjoys her career because of variety of projects and the people she meets

While growing up in Byram, Ann Somers loved putting thing together, such as puzzles, model cars and ships and fantasy Barbie kingdoms. That interest in building things led to a career in architecture, something she learned about as an eighth-grader. “I knew that was what I wanted to do,” Somers recalls. “Up to that point I did not like school ...

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Licensing changes could streamline and shorten path to gaining an architectural degree

New rules proposed by the board that develops programs for state licensing of architects aims to streamline internship requirements by eliminating elective hours from the equation. Ultimately the action could reduce the time it takes from graduation to becoming licensed by one third without compromising the profession’s emphasis on education, experience and examination, proponents say. “We have talked about this ...

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Wiggins named polymer science head at USM

Dr. Jeffrey Wiggins, the new director of the School of Polymers and High Performance Materials at the University of Southern Mississippi, took advantage of spring break to work in his office. He is focused on hiring new faculty members along with overseeing diverse research, running a new degree program and promoting community outreach efforts, among other duties. The school is ...

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JEFF SEABOLD: Less archispeak, more performance

I like my job a lot. I have the incredible opportunity to learn something new each day, and the chance to get to teach something new to someone also. It is an incredible feeling getting to create and watch your creations come to life in the world. But my friends have recently bombarded me with some wise, but mostly funny ...

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SoilTech samples soil before projects begin

SoilTech Consultants is a geotechnical engineering firm based in Ridgeland that does soil sampling and analysis and provides foundation and pavement recommendations for various types of projects for architects, civil engineering firms, commercial developers, departments of transportation, utility and telecommunication companies, county board of supervisors, municipalities and other clients before they begin work on any project. In addition to geotechnical ...

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Elite designer: Allison Anderson selected as AIA fellow

As owner of Bay St. Louis-based unabridged Architecture, Allison Hoadley Anderson, FAIA, LEED-AP, was already in an elite group as only about 5 percent of architectural firms nationwide are led by a female. But Anderson now finds herself in even more select company after being recently inducted into the American Institute of Architects’ College of Fellows, the highest honor awarded ...

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School of Construction at USM adjusts to fit the needs of the business

The School of Construction at the University of Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg was formed in 2004 and is filling needs of the construction industry. In the beginning, the school included the departments of architecture, construction and industrial technology. Interior design was added in 2009. Approximately 160 universities across the country have this type of construction school. “The motivation behind the ...

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Spreading the word about … Asphalt

The Mississippi Asphalt Pavement Association was established in 1966 and its primary membership consists of 16 asphalt contractors and 60 associate members. Executive director Tone Garrett has headed the association for 28 years. “Our mission is to represent the industry and to develop and promote our product,” he said. “I like to spread the word about asphalt.” For example, Garrett ...

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Optimism increases for builders

After an especially harsh winter dragging on in Mississippi, contractors and others who work around the weather are looking forward to some relief with the coming spring season. Jay Carney, president of T.L. Wallace Construction based in Columbia, said contractors generally are “eternally optimistic and always look for a break in the weather” for activity to pick back up. “To ...

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Good architectural design standards for cities enhance the quality of life and the tax base

While superior architectural standards can make building more expensive, there is a pay off for everyone if the city creates an atmosphere that improves property values and attracts new residents. “Quality, attention to detail and creation of a consistency in improvements that come from strong architectural guidelines preserves the beauty of a place and contributes to protected and enhanced property ...

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