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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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Thompson Engineering is a full-service firm

Thompson Engineering was founded in 1953 in Mobile, Ala., and now has offices throughout six states in the Southeast, including Mississippi. The company offers a full range of services, including geotechnical engineering, design build construction and civil engineering. “Our specialty is problem solving,” said Don Bates, a vice president of the firm and manager of its Mississippi operations, with offices ...

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Historic Round Island Lighthouse restored in Pascagoula

There’s an amazing restoration project underway in Pascagoula. It’s the reconstruction of the historic Round Island Lighthouse. The lighthouse was built on the south side of Round Island — a few miles off the coast of Pascagoula — in 1859 and stood as a beacon of safety for all ships headed toward the southeast Mississippi shore. Through the years the ...

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WAGGONER ENGINEERING: ‘Better data makes for better decisions’

» Waggoner’s digital mapping provides a multitude of benefits for Mississippi Surveyors, geologists and engineers have been on a constant quest for a better way to represent the world we live in. “Paper maps provided us with information about where things were located, how near they were to a highway or stream and how high above sea level they were,” ...

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PROFILE: David Hardy's determination pays off with success

David Hardy, the new president of the Mississippi State Board of Architecture, says his determination helped him get through the architecture program at Mississippi State University. He chose architecture because he loved to draw and had always had an interest in construction. “My father was a small general contractor so it grew out of a combined interest in those two ...

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