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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — $7 million project to build the Business and Health Building under way at USM’s Gulf Park

The Joe Earl Holloway complex is being demolished on the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, and will be replaced by a new $7 million Business and Health Building (sketch above) in Spring 2017.

By LYNN LOFTON  In the Gulf Park Campus of the University of Southern Mississippi, demolition of the 25-year-old modular structure, the Joe Earl Holloway Complex, is almost complete to make way for construction of a Business and Health Building. The $7-million facility will provide 25,000 square feet of space for students, faculty and staff and has an estimated completion date ...

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FOCUS ON CONSTRUCTION — Need for bridge repairs, replacements outpacing state’s available funds

Workers from the Mississippi Department of Transportation inspect the bottom of a bridge at U.S. 49 over Interstate 20 near Jackson.

By BECKY GILLETTE It is difficult to imagine anything more integral to economic development and quality of life, particularly in a largely rural state like Mississippi, than good roads and bridges. But the fact is that, as with many other states, revenues for highway and bridge maintenance are lagging far behind what is needed to ensure a good highway infrastructure. ...

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Ellis Screws is construction chief

Ellis Screws was recently selected as chief of its Construction and A&E Branch of the Contracting Division of the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Vicksburg District. Screws will be the contracting officer responsible for the award of contracts for Construction, and Architectural & Engineering services for the Vicksburg District. Screws previously was a contract specialist within the District’s Contracting Division. ...

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Job ad’s bogus pay figure for new JRA chief creates confusion


By TED CARTER A fraudulent Internet job posting that listed the annual pay for the next executive director of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority at $160,000 may have confused the final two candidates but won’t force a restart of the effort to fill the job. That’s the assessment the chairwoman of the Jackson Redevelopment Authority and the head of a search firm ...

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A HOME AWAY FROM HOME … As long as it has modern technology, meal plans, friends and no parking worries

By LYNN LOFTON  The recently completed Century Park South at the University of Southern Mississippi is on the cutting edge of student housing. There are 954 bed spaces in the state-of-the-art $55.6 million complex that was built by the Harrell Contracting Group of Jackson. There was significant site preparation before the two-year building project could get under way with three ...

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MCEF Foundation projects more constuction jobs and is trying to draw students to the craft

By LISA MONTI  The Mississippi Construction Education Foundation is on a mission to recruit and train workers for the plentiful, well-paying jobs in the construction industry. Besides reaching out to students, the foundation teaches the benefits of construction and manufacturing jobs to moms and dads who want their kids to go to work rather than college. “Some parents have a ...

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Contractor workshops scheduled at Hattiesburg

The Mississippi Development Authority will kick off its Model Contractor Development Program workshop series at on Feb. 19 at 5:30 p.m. at the Hattiesburg Intermodal Facility, at 308 Newman Street. The nine, three-hour weekly workshops, designed to teach small contractors and businesses how to improve operations and increase bonding capacity, will be held consecutive Thursday evenings through April 16. Workshops ...

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MDOT chief: Design flaw halted I-55 work

By Jack Weatherly A design flaw in the widening of Interstate 55 between Byram and the I-20 interchange brought work to a halt on the heavily traveled stretch, according to Mississippi Department of Transportation Executive Director Melinda McGrath. The mistake is in the design of retaining walls flaw in the 7.5-mile stretch from the southbound McDowell Road exit at the ...

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UMC renovating facility to serve as Ebola isolation unit

JACKSON — The University of Mississippi Medical Center is renovating a vacant building to serve as an isolation and treatment unit in the event of a confirmed or probable Ebola case in Mississippi. UMMC officials said in a news release yesterday that the stand-alone structure is removed from other patient-care facilities on the Jackson campus. UMMC officials say patients can ...

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Hospital services will continue during long Keesler Medical Center project

Keesler Medical Center is getting an extensive facelift. The $74 million renovation project will begin soon and is expected to be completed in mid-2017. Officials expect the project to enhance the overall patient experience by providing world-class healthcare facilities for the Keesler community. Maintaining all patient services throughout construction is part of the reason for the long construction time frame. ...

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