After more than nine years, Pearl River Community College has officially finished its campus reconstruction following Hurricane Katrina.
Saturday morning, hundreds of people gathered during homecoming activities for the dedication of the new Marvin R. White Coliseum. The $10 million facility replaces a decades-old building that was destroyed in Katrina. And it's the last of five buildings that had to be replaced because of the storm.
"In the long run, it's been worth it," said Dr. William Lewis, president of PRCC. "We have some beautiful facilities on the Pearl River campus, new facilities that are state-of-the-art. The other part of that is that they're also storm-ready. We've built these buildings to be very hardened and to be tolerant of storms, future storms that come through," he said.
A total of $50 million in damage was done to the Poplarville campus by Hurricane Katrina.