USM Gulf Park campus adds new academic building
A brand new academic building is near completion on the USM Gulf Park campus.
Construction began about 15 months ago and is about 80 percent complete according to university officials. The first floor of the business and health building will house eight classrooms ranging from 25 to 60 seats for students. The second floor offers faculty and staff office spaces as well as conference rooms. The seven million dollar building, funded by state appropriations, is a symbol of new beginnings on campus.
Officials tell News 25 this is one of the first ground up projects post Hurricane Katrina. USM Gulf Park Vice President Dr. Steve Miller said, “It represents a departure from post Katrina rebuilding and remodeling to brand new never had before construction. I think that’s exciting to see us go from a phase where we’re just trying to manage problem areas to brand new exciting growth that we haven’t had before so I think that says a lot about the trajectory that we’re on as a university.”
A 70 space paved parking lot is also being added adjacent to the building. It will feature lights as well as emergency phones for safety purposes. The projected completion date is November 1st. Officials hope to bring students in for the spring semester.