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Mississippi School of the Arts
Historic Renovation and Addition
Phase I and II
Brookhaven, MS

The Mississippi School of the Arts, located on the historic Whitworth College Campus, is a statewide residential school that provides advanced programs of study in music, theater, visual arts, dance, literary arts and media arts for artistically gifted eleventh and twelfth grade students. The campus now consists of nine buildings with approximately 200,000 SF of conditioned space. I. C. Thomasson Associates was responsible for mechanical, plumbing, electrical, fire protection and site lighting design services for the following:

  • Extensive historic restoration and renovation of six buildings
  • New construction of an eight story Student Life Center, designed to blend with the restored historic buildings
  • Central boiler and chiller plant
  • Central Energy Management System
  • Central security and CCTV monitoring facilities

The new, two-tower Student Life Center houses 300 students at its full capacity and includes a variety of amenities, including:

  • Library
  • Dining hall
  • Laundry
  • Commons area
  • Infirmary
  • Computer room
  • Exercise center
  • Residential suites