POPLARVILLE, MS (WDAM) - Students at Pearl River Community College are taking classes in a newly-renovated historic campus building that was heavily damaged in Hurricane Katrina. Art and music students are enjoying the new addition to the 85-year-old Moody Hall.
During Katrina, the building's auditorium suffered heavy damage.
It was demolished in 2006.
Nearby, male students are now living in a new, 2-story, $4 million residence hall which replaced Lamar Hall, which was also damaged in the storm.
"We have completely renovated the existing part of Moody (Hall) and then the addition is a beautiful, almost a copy of the front of the existing building and it just created a wonderful facility for all of our programs," said Archie Rawls, Chairman of the Fine Arts and Communications Department at Pearl River Community College.
"The new dorm project has 108 beds," said Adam Breerwood, Vice-President of the Poplarville Campus and Hancock Center of PRCC.
"We asked the students for a lot of feedback prior to construction. We found out they want privacy, they want their own bathrooms. It's a real state-of-the-art facility. We're excited about it and it's not the only dormitory project that we currently have on the board," Breerwood said.
Also on the campus, construction will begin soon on a new, $10.5 million performing arts center and plans are being finalized for the construction of a new coliseum, which was also lost to the storm.