HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The University of Southern Mississippi is making steady progress on several campus improvement projects.
On Pride Field, work is nearly complete on a new band tower.
It is 34 feet tall, with two observation decks, restrooms, a storage facility and water fountains.
It should be finished by late July.
After the 2016 football season, USM will install synthetic turf on the field and will add fencing with brick columns.
The gated area will have two 80-yard intramural fields.
The total cost of that work is nearly $2 million.
Nearby, a sidewalk project connecting Pride Field with W. 4th Street is also set for completion in late July.
It is an $850,000 project.
Eighty percent of the funding for that work is coming from the federal Transportation Alternative Program administered by the Mississippi Department of Transportation.
"We are so grateful to have that money and to be able to provide safe pathways for our students," said Chris Crenshaw, vice-president for facilities planning and management at USM.
Also, Oseola McCarty Hall is getting a new roof as part of the university's deferred maintenance program.