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New U.S. courthouse design in Greenville approved

The U.S. General Services Administration (GSA) has approved the design concept for the new U.S. Courthouse in Greenville. The building will provide a much-needed new court facility for the Northern District of Mississippi and will stimulate economic development in the community. Located at the northern edge of Greenville’s historic district on Washington Avenue, the new functional, secure, and modern building ...

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Historic Catholic building in Mississippi to be closed, sold

CHATAWA — A historic Mississippi retirement home for nuns is closing and is being sold. The Enterprise-Journal reports Sister Debra Sciano said in a news release St. Mary of the Pines retirement home in Chatawa would soon be sold and many of the 40 residents relocated to St. Anthony’s Gardens in a nearby Louisiana parish. The downsizing comes as fewer ...

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Intentionally small Burris/Wagnon Architects defies fashion and trend

By BECKY GILLETTE Burris/Wagnon Architects, P.A., is an “intentionally small” firm in Jackson that has had a big impact on architecture in the state. The firm has designed a wide variety of commercial, residential, civic, ecclesiastical, and educational projects across the state. The firm has won more than a dozen state, regional, and national design awards over the years, and ...

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BRICK BY BRICK — MSU architecture juniors take first in national masonry competition

A custom-brick project designed by a team of three Mississippi State architecture students recently won first place in a national masonry competition. Junior Baron O. Necaise of Gulfport presented his team’s “The Pulse” brick design at the National Concrete Masonry Association 2018 Midyear Meeting in Chicago in early August. Teammates included juniors Madison C. Holbrook of Steens and McKenzie R. ...

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WORKING IN THE FAST LANE — 3D CADD programs helping engineers design better roads

By BECKY GILLETTE Wouldn’t it be nice to actually see how a road is going to look before building it? What if you could anticipate problems before encountering them in the middle of construction, thus avoiding delays that cost time and money? With the use of modern three dimensional computer-aided design and drafting (CADD) programs, engineers can come close to ...

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Education, experience, examination key to becoming an architect

By NASH NUNNERY So, you want to be an architect? Nobody enters the field of architecture solely on the premise that it’s cool. Not even downtrodden Seinfeld character George Kostanza, who often introduced himself as architect extraordinaire Art Vandelay in certain social situations. Actually, the process to becoming an architect can be a bit arduous. It involves finding the right ...

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SBA joint venture program allows small firm to get into the big leagues

By BECKY GILLETTE The Small Business Administration has a program to mentor small businesses though the 8(a) Business Development Program that provides assistance to firms that are owned and controlled at least 51 percent by socially and economically disadvantaged individuals. In addition to the 8(a) Business Development Mentor-Protégée Program (MPP), the SBA also has a joint venture program which may be ...

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Clinton landscape architect Chris Hoffman advances the industry both statewide and nationally

By LISA MONTI  Landscape architecture is so much more than plants. The profession incorporates  science and art among other disciplines to conceive and design such projects as college campuses, public parks, golf courses, historic preservation and restoration, urban transportation corridors, residential and commercial sites and many others. And like other professions, including medicine, landscape architects in every state must earn ...

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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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