28 May 2014

Union Groundbreaking set for June 12


May 27, 2014, Moorhead, Miss. – Mississippi Delta Community College will host a groundbreaking ceremony June 12 to celebrate the commencement of construction for the new Vandiver Student Union.

The groundbreaking ceremony is open to the public, and media are invited to attend. The celebration will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, June 12, at the construction site located near the intersection of Highway 3 and Lucas Street on the Moorhead Campus.

The new 11,600 square foot building, designed by Beard + Riser Architects of Greenwood, Miss, will feature lounge space, multipurpose conference room/meeting space, a suite of offices for the Office of Student Services, a food service grill, game room, restrooms and a fitness room.

The original Vandiver Student Union was demolished in 2011 and the campus has been without a dedicated a student center since. “Students love to gather, and the new student union will provide a very nice facility for our students to enjoy,” says MDCC President Larry Nabors. “The building will be named after the first President of the College, Dr. J. S. Vandiver, and we plan to complete construction by the fall of 2015.”

Construction is expected to be completed in time for the 2015-2016 Academic year. The project was funded by the Mississippi State Legislature through the passing of HB1701 in 2013. D. Carroll Construction, LLC, of Oxford, Mississippi was selected as the project contractor.

“We are proud to be investing in our students’ future,” says Paula S. Sykes, chair of the MDCC board of trustees. The new activity center will enhance the college experience at MDCC for many years to come.”

The center is designed to complement the existing campus architecture and open itself to the landscape for student gatherings. The exterior design was influenced by existing campus buildings, with a muted palette of beige-colored brick, stucco and wood trim. Large gabled roof overhangs will provide deep porch areas to enhance student gathering and provide relief from the climate.

The public is invited to the groundbreaking ceremony June 12. For more information, contact Reed Abraham at 662.246.6273 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.