Civic Center & Public Library|
Dale Partners Architects P.A.
161 Lameuse Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Location: Biloxi, Mississippi
Date Bid: July 2009 Construction Period: Aug 2009 to July
2011 Total Square Feet: 71,600 Site: 5.02 acres.
Number of Buildings: One Building Size: First floor,
63,000; second floor, 8,600; total, 71,600 square feet.
Building Height: Library low flat roof, 18’4”; library low peaked
roof, 24’; library high roof, 34’4”; civic center first floor main, 24’;
center ball room, 47’6”; civic center 2nd floor, 13’; stair tower, 42’.
Basic Construction Type: New/Masonry & Steel.
Foundation: Cast-in-place, slab-on-grade.
Exterior Walls: CMU, curtain wall, stucco. Roof: Built-up,
metal. Floors: Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal stud
General Contractor: W.G. Yates and Sons Construction - 115 Main
Street, Biloxi, MS 39530
Structural Engineer: Structural Design Group - 220 Great Circle
Road, #106, Nashville, TN 37228
Cost Estimator: Construction Cost Analysis, Inc. - 734 North
Oakridge Drive, Brandon, MS 39047
Library Consultant: Library Planning Associates, Inc. - P.O. Box
406, Normal, IL 61761
Theater/Audio-Visual Consultant: ECCS, Inc. - 3045 Brigantine
Way, Las Vegas, NV 89128
Food Service Consultant: Fisher and Associates, Inc. - 1685
Galloway Avenue, Memphis, TN 38112
The new Biloxi Civic Center and Public Library was built near downtown
Biloxi to replace facilities lost to Hurricane Katrina in 2005. The
project site is bordered by Howard Avenue, Bellman Street, Lee Street
and Washington Street and was the site of the old Biloxi High School and
the Dukate Middle School. The building faces Howard Avenue and a series
of plazas joins Howard Avenue to the 12,000 square foot courtyard which
separates the library and the civic center and provides a common
entrance point for both. A covered, open air gallery provides sheltered
access to both facilities and creates an entrance on the back side of
the facilities from the parking area. The first floor elevation is 22
feet above sea level. The building ground floor level is elevated
approximately three to four feet above the existing ground.
The civic center side of this new facility features a large ballroom
that can be subdivided with operable partitions into three separate
spaces with back-of-house facilities to support various events such as
conferences, concerts, trade shows and Mardi Gras balls. The exterior is
stucco over concrete masonry units with impact-resistant windows, and
the ballroom is constructed with long span steel trusses along with
glass curtain walls engineered for the design wind loads and missile
impact resistance required by the building code. The glass curtain wall
and doors provide natural lighting and views for the pre-function space
of the multi-use area and contribute to the building’s transparency.
The project won a 2011 Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors
Excellence in Construction Award.
Stucco: STO Powerwall® Wood Ceiling: Rulon
Metal Roofing: Berridge Modified Bitumen: Johns Manville
Flooring: Armstrong, J & J, Bloomsberg
Curtain Wall, Entrances & Storefronts: EFCO, a Pella Company
Elevators: Schindler Lighting: Lithonia, Gotham, SPI, Kim,