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Renovation work at USM’s Cook Library nearing completion

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – A multi-million dollar renovation of the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at the University of Southern Mississippi will be wrapping up soon.



text: Renovations to the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at Southern Miss should be finished in January.


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Renovations to the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at Southern Miss should be finished in January.

Chris Crenshaw, senior associate vice president for facilities, planning and management at USM says work should be complete in January.

It’s an $11 million dollar project, which includes the construction of the Bower Academic Center.

That center is being funded with $1.7 million in private gifts.

“The Bower Center will probably be complete a little ahead of that schedule, we’re putting some finishing touches on that,” said Crenshaw.

Southern Miss is also completing work on Southern Station, a combination stage and event center which is funded by the USM Alumni Association, and the Union/Stadium Plaza, which has gotten a new stage area for live music and additional lighting.

A project to improve the outside of the William David McCain Library and Archives was finished in September and a new spectator section for beach volleyball has recently been completed.

“(The spectator section) was a privately-funded project and it provided basically decking, bathrooms, team areas for up to four teams,” Crenshaw said.

And this week, USM began work to upgrade the electronic message board at the intersection of Hardy Street and Highway 49.

That’s a $225,000 project.

“It’s going to be a much nicer, I think aesthetically-pleasing type sign there for the university and of course, for us, it’s a way to reach a lot of potential students and visitors,” Crenshaw said.

Crenshaw also said a new parking lot being built at the intersection of N. 35th Avenue and Montague Boulevard will add about 60 spaces.

He said it should be finished in December.

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Kennedy historic facade renovation nears completion

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This is the kind of facelift no one minds talking about.

An impressive $5-million façade renovation to Kennedy Collegiate Secondary School is almost complete.

Built in 1928 using an elaborate Gothic design, the historic high school next to Jackson Park was showing its age.

Now, the entire façade facing Tecumseh Road has been brought back in brilliant detail, from the leaded glass library windows to the eye-catching masonry.

“It made for an interesting project,” said Brad Gyori, the co-ordinator of capital projects for the Greater Essex County District School Board.

Work started eight months ago and faced a few set backs, including a COVID-19 slowdown.

WINDSOR, ONT:. SEPTEMBER 30, 2020 -- The front facade of Kennedy Collegiate Institute is pictured after a nearly $5 million in renovations, Wednesday, September 30, 2020.  (DAX MELMER/Windsor Star)
The front facade of Kennedy Collegiate Institute is pictured after a nearly $5 million in renovations, Wednesday, September 30, 2020. Photo by Dax Melmer /Windsor Star

Each original stone was taken down and assessed for its integrity. Those that were in good shape were returned and repointed while those showing distress were shipped off and replicated.

“We basically took it all down and rebuilt it,” Gyori said. “We were concerned that the (new) stone might be a different colour but it blended in really well. They did a great job on making the stone look like the era.”

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