This building serves as the point of contact between public users of Mississippi’s outdoors and the people that manage it. Due to severe overcrowding at the departments’ existing five story facility, JBHM was given the task of consolidating all of the administrative departments within one functional facility. An extensive programming effort identified working relationships between 13 different departments such as data processing, a 24 hour radio room, receiving, licensing, a boardroom for commission meetings and offset printing. From there a design effort was undertaken to efficiently organize these diverse functions into a two story building with open office planning and systems furnishings in administrative areas and controlled environments for a more sensitive, enclosed operation.
Identified by it’s horizontal lines and low mass, the administrative building sits comfortably within it’s wooded site. Natural ledge stone is integrated with glass and architectural pre-cast concrete in a harmonious composition of material and texture. Since the site borders a residential neighborhood, much of the natural vegetation was protected during construction. Visitor parking is integrated within the natural tree line with the partially buried building assuming a low profile with the shape of the land.