- Associated Press - Sunday, June 14, 2015

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (AP) - The centerpiece of the University of Southern Mississippi’s Hattiesburg campus will undergo major repairs later this year.

USM officials say in a news release the $2.55 million project for the Aubrey K. Lucas Administration Building will begin after Sept. 8 and is scheduled for 600 days.

Work will- among others things - stabilize the foundation and replace about 72 pieces of deteriorating terracotta.

The building was constructed in 1929. The offices of President Rodney D. Bennett and others will be relocated.

The building is named for Lucas, who was president from 1976-1996 and again as interim president from 2001-2002 and from 2011-2012.

The most recent major work on the building was done in 2006, when the copper cladding on its dome was replaced because of damage caused by Hurricane Katrina.

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