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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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ROCKET MAN

Forget Elton John, John Glenn and even David Bowie’s Ziggy Stardust. Meet James Kelly, a true-blue, red-blooded, All-American rocket man. The Corinth resident began studying rocketry and building his own model rockets when he was a junior in high school. “I really didn’t have an interest in rockets until my cousin showed me a rocket that he’d built,” said the ...

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Talking points

Duvall and Decker have achieved a goal of making Mississippi architecture part of a national conversation Jackson architects Anne Marie Duvall and Roy Decker say there’s no reason Mississippi architecture can’t be in the national conversation, right alongside the state’s bountiful published works, musical talent and athletic achievements. Thanks in part to the husband-and-wife team of Duvall/Decker Architects, it’s certainly now ...

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Are design drawings things of the past?

Pencil vs. 3D software is just the latest in a long line of competitions between man and machine American folk hero John Henry won the famous race against progress and the steam-powered hammer. But he died right there with his hammer in his hand. Henry versus the steam hammer, this is not, but in architectural circles, many wonder, “Is there ...

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Neel: About improving our communities

Renaissance man wants to make his home a better place For nearly five decades, Hibbett Neel has been a gently-mannered civil engineer/businessman/philanthropist and the leader of one of the largest privately-held engineering firms in the southeastern United States. If not for his love of mathematics and ancient Roman architecture, the chief executive officer of Neel-Schaffer might have chosen a writing ...

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Downsize & simplify

Smaller homes and sustainable lifestyle management are part of the ever-evolving world of architecture The sluggish economy and a desire for a simpler, more sustainable lifestyle are factors affecting changing residential design, according to two prominent Mississippi architects, Michael Barranco of Jackson and Jonathan Mattox of Oxford. Michael Barranco, an architect since 1989, says the current state of residential design ...

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Architects in line with responsibility to ‘be green’

As sustainable design becomes more prevalent, Mississippi architectural firms are going green. Eley Guild Hardy Architects stands by their philosophy that designing for the future is not an option; it’s a responsibility. The firm, with offices in Biloxi and Jackson, has 18 associates accredited by LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design). The Biloxi office, built in 2005, received LEED ...

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For cautious consumer or environment friendly, sustainability measures are a must for Mississippi

Commercial construction prices have seen a dip with lower material costs and the market getting more competitive. On the smaller commercial and residential side, costs have not seen that much of a decline.  Sure, companies have gotten leaner, but the cost savings that the consumer is seeing is in lower material costs — and that’s not amounting to a substantial ...

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Fewer groups are paying for MDOT travel

Highway officials say they have stopped letting road-building industry foot bill for their trips GULFPORT — Top highway officials said they stopped letting the road-building industry pay for their trips to meetings at luxury hotels in tourist hot spots — a change lawmakers and the state’s top ethics official applaud. Taxpayers now pick up the tab for Southern District Transportation ...

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Incentive enhances profits

Of Mississippi’s 82 counties, 49 of them are located within the Go Zone region   Tax incentives created under the Gulf Opportunity Zones legislation in 2005 have helped spur economic development as the region recovers from hurricanes that rocked the region that year. Extensions for the federal legislation have been approved by the U.S. Senate and await approval from the ...

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