Repairs to begin soon on USM administration building

Repairs to begin soon on USM administration building

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - An iconic building on the Southern Miss campus is about to get a major face lift. The 86-year-old Lucas Administration Building will have work done on the foundation and will have dozens of pieces of deteriorating terracotta replaced.

The $2.5 million project will begin in September and will take almost two years to complete.

The work will include replacing some bricks and repairing porches and columns. It will also improve access for those with disabilities.

"I guess a rule of thumb for deferred maintenance is every dollar that you don't spend this year will cost you three dollars next year," said Chris Crenshaw, associate vice-president for facilities, planning and management at Southern Miss. "So, in our case, obviously because of the importance of this facility, it's a priority on our list and we chose to knock it out and get it back to its original condition as quickly as we could," he said.

Administrators and staff in the building will be relocated to various offices across the campus during the repairs.