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A BIG VISION … for tiny houses — Prentiss architect has learned how to get the most out of the least amount of space

Polk worked out a deal in March to lease a closed factory in Prentiss where he and five other employees build tiny houses.

By BECKY GILLETTE Tiny houses are now a popular trend across the U.S. with a couple of television programs and numerous articles about the phenomenon that is being heralded as a way to provide home ownership to those who otherwise couldn’t afford it while reducing environmental costs. Having worked as an architect in Mississippi for a couple of decades, one ...

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New studio at MSU to focus on innovative wood design

Courtesy of Christie McNeal / Mississippi State University
Kirby L. Lockard, a Mississippi State senior architecture major from Decatur, Ala., discusses design ideas for a solid-timber, mid-rise tower in Manhattan, New York. She and other four-year architecture students completed the project as part of a fall 2015 wood-based design studio course taught by Assistant Professor Jacob A. Gines.

By LISA MONTI A $10,000 grant along with matching money will fund construction of a design studio that promotes innovative wood products and building methods in Mississippi. The $10,000 Community Partnerships grant was awarded by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative Inc., an international nonprofit that promotes responsible forest management. The Mississippi Forestry Foundation and other partners in the industry added $12,000 in ...

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Army’s Engineer R&D center leads in military and civil problem solving

New Headquarters
The U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center's new headquarters building is under construction in Vicksburg. 
The new building encompasses 142,000 square feet and includes the following features:
» Four-story southern wing
» Three-story northern wing
» 6,100 square-foot central atrium with an open structure roof and glass curtain walls
» 500-seat auditorium
» 3,000-square-foot cafeteria/dining area
» 6,350-square-foot archival library

By LYNN LOFTON  Vicksburg is home to the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center and serves as national headquarters for four such facilities. It’s a large operation with 1,400 of the system’s 2,205  employees located in Vicksburg. Most of the employees are civilians, and the number of employees swells by a couple of hundred in the summer with student ...

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ENGINEERED FOR SUCCESS — From George Washington To 3D Surveying, Digital mapping and drones

W hen the ‘Father of Our Country’ was working as a public land surveyor in 1748, mapping hundreds of square miles of newly settled Virginia, the tools of the trade consisted of a survey compass and a chain.  The compass provided simple direction based on magnetic north; the chain provided a way to measure distance and consisted of 100 iron ...

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Design-build and design-bid-build methods get projects done on time

By LYNN LOFTON Architects, engineers and construction managers are embracing the design-build and design-bid-build methods for projects that include transportation and water infrastructure projects, office buildings, schools, and stadiums. Design-build is an integrated approach that delivers design and construction services under one contract with a single point of responsibility, according to the Design-Build Institute of America. The goal is to overlap ...

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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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Allison Anderson chosen for American Institute of Architects College of Fellows

The 2014 Jury of Fellows from the American Institute of Architects (AIA) has elevated Allison Hoadley Anderson, FAIA, to its prestigious College of Fellows, an honor awarded to members who have made significant contributions to the profession. She is the only architect recognized from Mississippi this year, and one of a class of 139 new Fellows. Anderson is recognized for ...

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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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