HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An iconic building at Southern Miss which was heavily damaged in last year's tornado is finally getting a new roof.
The historic, century-old Southern Hall will be getting its custom-made clay roofing tiles beginning Wednesday, according to school officials.
Workers have spent the last few days preparing the roof for the new tiles, which arrived on campus Tuesday.
Southern Hall received extensive damage when it was struck by the Feb. 10, 2013 twister.
Several other buildings, including College Hall, the Health, Physical Education and Recreation (HPER) Building, Kennard-Washington Hall, the Honors College building and Hattiesburg Hall also were damaged in the storm and will be getting new roofs.
"It's really been somewhere between an eight to a ten week lead time on having the tiles produced and made for us and between that time and getting it delivered," said Chris Crenshaw, assistant vice-president for facilities, planning and management at USM. "That's slowed down some of the re-roofing process for us, but at the end of the day, now that they're here, we're real excited about it," he said.
McLemore Hall, just east of Southern Hall, is also having roof work done. The scheduled completion date for both Southern Hall and McLemore Hall is Aug. 1.