Renovation work at USM’s Cook Library nearing completion

HATTIESBURG, Miss. (WDAM) – A multi-million dollar renovation of the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at the University of Southern Mississippi will be wrapping up soon.



text: Renovations to the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at Southern Miss should be finished in January.


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Renovations to the Joseph Anderson Cook Library at Southern Miss should be finished in January.

Chris Crenshaw, senior associate vice president for facilities, planning and management at USM says work should be complete in January.

It’s an $11 million dollar project, which includes the construction of the Bower Academic Center.

That center is being funded with $1.7 million in private gifts.

“The Bower Center will probably be complete a little ahead of that schedule, we’re putting some finishing touches on that,” said Crenshaw.

Southern Miss is also completing work on Southern Station, a combination stage and event center which is funded by the USM Alumni Association, and the Union/Stadium Plaza, which has gotten a new stage area for live

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Arlington shop owners celebrate this street’s renovation

As Hershey Jones set up his namesake restaurant in downtown Arlington in late 2019, Abram Street was undergoing a facelift of its own.

The arterial roadway, running from downtown to the Grand Prairie city limits, had been under some form of construction since 2014. Workers roped off lanes to install new drainage or sewer pipes or reduced lanes to make space for wider sidewalks or lighting. For Jones’ first several months running Hershey’s Palace at 513 E. Abram St., construction complicated parking and downtown.

“It raised a flag,” he said, “but I saw that it was further completed than from the time that I did what I had to do, that it wouldn’t affect me as much.”

Now, as the city puts the finishing touches on the project, Jones is seeing more people walk around — and passersby are seeing more of the businesses that line the street.

“We

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Palatine library OKs contract for renovation

The Palatine Public Library District board has approved a construction contract for the renovation of the main library, and the work is expected to start next month.

The library board awarded the $3,736,650 contract Thursday to F.H. Paschen, based in Chicago, which was selected among 17 proposals ranging from $2.9 million to $4.2 million, plus additional costs for technology. The company was the low bidder when all alternates were accepted, library Executive Director Jeannie Dilger said.

        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        
        

 

F.H. Paschen’s past work includes interior renovation at the Naperville Public Library and several branches of the Chicago Public Library. The company “understands our need to provide a safe environment while we keep the building open to the public during renovation,” board President Andrea Vanderhoek said.

The library board also awarded a $183,332 moving contract to Iron Mountain. The furniture will be provided by Interiors for Business, Office Revolution, and Library Furniture International at

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Downtown Arlington shops celebrate Abram Street remodel

As Hershey Jones set up his namesake restaurant in downtown Arlington in late 2019, Abram Street was undergoing a facelift of its own.

The arterial roadway, running from downtown to the Grand Prairie city limits, had been under some form of construction since 2014. Workers roped off lanes to install new drainage or sewer pipes or reduced lanes to make space for wider sidewalks or lighting. For Jones’ first several months running Hershey’s Palace at 513 E. Abram St., construction complicated parking and downtown.

“It raised a flag,” he said, “but I saw that it was further completed than from the time that I did what I had to do, that it wouldn’t affect me as much.”

Now, as the city puts the finishing touches on the project, Jones is seeing more people walk around — and passersby are seeing more of the businesses that line the street.

“We want

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Abandoned house and companion cottage win Petaluma’s top renovation award

When Karen Brown went searching for a property in Petaluma where she and a longtime friend might co-invest and coexist, there was nothing on the market that fit the bill. It was 2013, the nation was coming out of a deep recession and the pickings were slim, especially for affordable properties with two units or enough area to build an accessory dwelling. So Brown walked the streets of the old west side and ended up beating the bushes — literally — to find her dream home hidden among an overgrowth of acacias.

The house was so concealed she almost missed it. A “no trespassing“ sign did not encourage exploration. But she was intrigued. There, set back on a third of an acre, was an abandoned shack with plywood nailed over the doors. It had no foundation and perched on piers in the ground. It hadn’t been occupied in at least

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See an English Estate Renovation That’s Any Downton Abbey Fan’s Dream

There’s not many people brave enough to take on such an outlandishly top-end renovation project, but for Dean Poulton, 33, and Borja de Maqua, 31, of the Instagram feed @mytinyestate, this grand design of stunning proportions was too tempting to resist. A rural English affair in Warwickshire, it comprises an array of different buildings and gardens including a three-story Georgian manor house, an adjoining servants’ quarters, and a caretaker’s cottage that dates back to Tudor times, plus a charming gardener’s cottage and piggery—all set amidst 2.5 acres of formal gardens, courtyards, and stables—barely habitable and far from good decorative order. These self-taught fixer-uppers may call the estate tiny, but the amount of work completed since they started, in March 2018, is vast. And what makes the story all the more compelling is how they have journaled their makeover via their social media platform. Having started out as a way to

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The State’s Largest Historic Renovation in Downtown Dallas Lights Up

Ten years ago, the vertical white lights on the former First National Bank tower were turned off after the building closed. Now the 55-year-old Elm Street landmark is being transformed as part of a $450 million redevelopment project. Award-winning real estate firm Todd Interests is developing office spaces for tenants like Downtown Dallas Inc., as well as luxury apartments, restaurants, retail, and a 219-room Thompson Hotel. Renamed The National, the 52-story high-rise is scheduled to open by the end of this year. The lights have already been turned back on.

This is one of the state’s largest adaptive reuse projects, and DDI will stake its claim on a bottom floor space that will be visible from the street. This has for years been downtown’s largest vacant block, a monstrous building covered in fencing whose developers just couldn’t get the financing to make what they called the Drever a reality. But

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DLF Mall in Noida to Re-Open Next Week After Renovation, Date to be Announced Soon

Noida, October 9: DLF Mall of India in Noida is set to re-open next week after internal renovations. DLF Mall had largely remained shut since the past six months due to the coronavirus-induced lockdown. Stores selling essential items re-opened for a brief period, but they had to shut after a part of the mall’s ceiling collapsed in July. Since then, the internal renovation was underway, leading to complete closure of DLF Mall.

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“It did not make sense for us to open only for the weekends, so we used this time to renovate, paint and complete some interior work. We will open full-time from next week. The date will be declared soon,” a spokesperson of DLF Mall was

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WilCo Celebrates $4.5M Expo Center Renovation

WILLAMSON COUNTY, TX — Officials are celebrating $4.5 million in new improvements to the Williamson County Expo Center that includes the addition of a 44,000-square-foot pavilion.

This new space will give the Williamson County Expo Center the ability to increase its capacity to host larger events such as multiple-day horse shows, cattle shows and sales, equipment trainings and conferences and fundraisers, county officials said in an advisory. The improvements were funded with voter-approved park bonds, officials reminded.

“The Expo Center with its new improvements is a tremendous asset to all of Central Texas and a true spectator destination for large events,” Precinct 4 Commissioner Russ Boles said in a prepared statement. “We want to thank the residents of Williamson County for their overwhelming support of this facility through our Park Bond program.”

The pavilion is a pre-engineered, metal building with a dirt floor that can be used in a variety

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Renovation of Ram Pyari Mahal under way – Newspaper

GUJRAT: The front portion of the Ram Pyari Mahal, one of the few majestic pre-Partition buildings in Gujrat, is being speedily renovated by the archaeology department to transform it into a museum and art gallery. It is likely to be opened to the public within a month.

In the first phase, the front portion is being repaired and renovated. In the second phase, the rear portion of the building will be transformed into a tea house or coffee shop in collaboration with the district administration, said an official of the archaeology department.

Imran Zahid, an engineer with the department, told Dawn that the main focus was to launch the museum at the earliest, as the required staff had been recruited. There would be six galleries in the museum depicting the local art and culture, including the portraits of local heroes, folklores through display of statues of renowned figures, coins as

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