Preparations under way for new student housing

Published 11:53 pm Saturday, February 21, 2009

The University of Southern Mississippi is planning a groundbreaking on March 27 for a new 864-bed, living-learning residential community.

The project is a continuation of the university’s housing master plan, with the goal of being a Silver Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Certified residential complex, believed to be the first in the state.

The $37.7 million development will consist of four, four-story buildings in a gated community. The rooms will be double occupancy with a private bath. In addition, each resident in the facility will be able to connect to the internet.

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Century Park, named in celebration of USM’s 100th anniversary, will be ready for occupancy in the fall of 2010.