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  Biloxi Lighthouse Park & Visitor's CenterBiloxi Lighthouse Park & Visitor's Center


Dale Partners Architects, P.A.
161 Lameuse Street, Biloxi, MS 39530

General Description

Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Date Bid: June 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to July 2011 Total Square Feet: 22,837 Site: 2.66 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: First floor, 11,612; second floor, 11,225;
total, 22,837 square feet.
Building Height: Crawl space, 7’; first floor, 18’; second floor, 18’; total to top, 64’3”.
Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, pier & grade beam.  Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Built-up, clay tile. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group - 220 Great Circle Road, #106, Nashville, TN 37228
General Contractor: Rod Cooke Construction - 3496 Halls Mill Road, Mobile, AL 36693
Electrical Engineer: The Power Source - 945 Madison Avenue, Madison, MS 39110
Mechanical Engineer: CGM Group - 201 Park Court, #A, Ridgeland, MS 39157
Cost Estimator: U.S. Cost - 1200 Abernathy Road, NE, Building 600, #950, Atlanta, GA 30328
Exhibit Consultant: Steve Harding Design, Inc. - 3801 Kirby Drive, #510, Houston, TX 77098
Audio-Visual/Acoustics Consultant: Stan Roller & Associates, Inc. - 867 Lilac Lane, Naperville, IL 60540
Civil Engineer & Landscape Architect: Neel Schaffer, Inc. - 772 Howard Avenue, Biloxi, MS 39530

The new Biloxi Lighthouse Park and Visitor's Center is a two-story painted brick veneer structure built to replace structures that were lost during Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The new 25,315-square-foot facility is located near the former location of the historic Dantzler House on the Biloxi beachfront and mimics the architectural style of that home. The facility boasts four chimneys and two front porches facing the beach offering unobstructed views to the newly renovated historic Lighthouse and the Gulf of Mexico.

The facility is located near the Velocity Zone and has been constructed in accordance with the International Building Code to resist 140 mph winds with reinforced concrete masonry walls and impact resistant windows using hurricane shutters in some locations and impact glazing in others. The clay tile roof is attached both mechanically and with adhesive to resist uplift. The facility is elevated 22 feet above sea level, and its exterior walls are concrete masonry unit on a pier foundation with a crawl space. The interior structure is steel columns and beams.

The first floor houses a museum, reception area, exhibit space, conference area, office space and a catering kitchen. A grand staircase takes visitors to conference rooms, exhibit space, reception area and theater/classroom space on the second floor. Since the grand opening in August, it has been used for conferences, parties, reunions and wedding receptions and has been visited by over 14,000 tourists.

Product Information
Brick: Robinson Brick Company
Columns: Architectural Mall
Roofing: Ludowici Roof Tile
Flooring: Durkan, Karastan, Daltile, Armstrong
Windows: Marvin
Lighting: DayBrite, Omega, Capri, OCL, Crystorama
Elevators: Otis

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