PASCAGOULA -- A group of Mississippi State University architecture students has partnered with local residents to create a new vision for the Mississippi Maritime and Warship Museum, a showcase for ships and nautical artifacts.In January, professors and research assistants from the architecture school at MSU traveled to Pascagoula to help design the new Museum.
The Museum's committee purchased the old Pascagoula High School Math and Science building and band hall on Dupont Street in March 2013, said committee president Pat King.
Now, MSU is helping provide a layout for the 17,000 and 10,000 square foot buildings.
"We got a lot of new ideas on what it might look like, how we're going to go about it and what it might cost," King said.
The museum will highlight not only naval ship history, but also NOAA vessels, offshore transportation, shrimp boats and wood sailing ships. They have some artifacts already in hand.
Organizers believe it will cost about $1.7 million to refurbish the building, and will take about two years to get the museum up and running.The MSU group returned last weekend, this time with 34 architecture students to create a hypothetical phase two of the museum. The students examined Lowry Island, north of the highrise U.S. 90 bridge, as a possible site for a large vessel as part of the museum.Assistant Professor Hans Herrmann said this project is challenging for the fourth-year students.
"This complex project demonstrates that they're ready to graduate," Herrmann said.
In the process of assessment, Herrmann said the students familiarized themselves with the city and its master plan as well as interviewed people in the city.
"We wanted to find out what the city's wishes were and what they needed," he said.
The students will present their ideas in Starkville on April 29 to members of the architecture school and to some of the museum board members. After the presentation, Herrmann plans to make the information from the project available online.