- Associated Press - Tuesday, July 8, 2014

OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - Construction and renovation will create more student housing, classrooms and academic office space at the University of Mississippi.

A yet-to-be-named dormitory is scheduled to open in August 2015 and will house 304 students, reported The Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal (https://bit.ly/1ot8oCv ).

Chad Hunter, an architect for the university, said plans are being made for a housing complex to open in August 2016 to hold 600 to 650 residents. It would replace an existing dorm, Guess Hall.

The former law school building, near the Grove, has undergone an extensive renovation to become space for the College of Liberal Arts and associated programs. Lamar Hall already has its first occupants, and this fall it will house classrooms and offices for the Department of Sociology and Anthropology, the Center for Writing and Rhetoric, the Writing Center, the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation, the Center for Population Studies, the Center for Archaeological Research and the McLean Institute for Public Service and Community Engagement.

Garland, Hedleston and Mayes - three 1930s-era buildings that were dormitories until a few years ago - are slated for renovation into academic and administrative office space, although a timetable has not been set.

Low ceilings, structural confinement and limited bathroom facilities don’t meet contemporary standards for student housing, but suffice for offices, Hunter said.

The GHM renovation is budgeted at $14 million in state funds. The work will include replacing roofs, restoring windows, providing elevators to all levels, making the buildings comply with fire codes and improving the interiors.

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