Advanced Education Center

University of Southern Mississippi

Long Beach, Mississippi

The Advanced Education Center represents a major step taken by the University to revitalize the Gulf Park Campus and to provide state of the art instructional facilities for students along the Gulf Coast.  This 47,000 square foot facility contains three floors of classroom space, as well as a 500 seat auditorium that are connected by a central lobby space.  The stucco and Spanish tile building exterior blends with the existing structures found on campus, while also establishing design guidelines for future campus growth.  The new pedestrian bridge that crosses Bear Creek to the south connects the building to the campus helps to create a strong campus identity and forms the heart of the historic campus.