USM Gulf Park rebuilding projects behind schedule

By The Associated Press

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) — University of Southern Mississippi Vice President Frances Lucas says university officials were probably too optimistic in their plans for rebuilding the Gulf Park campus after Hurricane Katrina.

She tells the Hattiesburg American (http://hatne.ws/N2hEN4) that the new $10 million science building and a $1.5 million health building will open in spring 2013, rather than this summer.

Lucas says the science building delay means enrollment cannot expand. The department has to stay in the Gulf Park hospital until it’s completed.

The three remaining buildings are the restorations of Hardy and Lloyd halls, and the renovation of Elizabeth Hall.

All are slightly delayed or on track for scheduled completion dates, ranging from late fall for Hardy Hall to winter for the other two.