Coast Transit Authority Transit Center

Project Details

General Contractor

$8 Million

Coast Transit Authority

Gulfport, MS

Eley Guild Hardy Architects

30,516 Square Feet


Project Description

Originally constructed in 1966, the 30,516 sf Gulfport-Harrison County Public Library is listed on the National Registry of Historic Places and considered a Mississippi Landmark. Devastated during Hurricane Katrina in 2005, this two-story historic building sat unoccupied and damaged until the beginning of this project in 2018 which transformed it from a shell of the former library into a modern public transit center. The majority of the existing interior wall were removed and the layout reconfigured to create a transit center on the ground floor with restrooms, waiting area and space for a food vendor. Leasable tenant space is located on the second floor. Existing finishes were demolished down to the concrete structure and asbestos was abated in several areas. Historically significant portions of the building were restored such as the exterior envelope including terrazzo wall tile, interior artisanal terracotta wall tile, and interior terrazzo flooring. Exterior tile was rehabbed on the East and West elevations and new replica tile was placed on the North and South elevations. The trademark spiral staircase is blanketed in carpet with glass and stainless handrails. Due to the proximity to the Gulf of Mexico, all exterior windows are impact resistant. Site improvements included a bus drive, 6 stations for buses to load/unload, parking, landscaping, sidewalks, and hardscape connections to the Mississippi Aquarium entrance ramp and future tram bridge. Additionally, a new entrance and access drive to the adjacent existing CTA parking garage were included. Existing live oaks on the property were saved as well as the koi pond at the front entrance.


Mississippi Associated Builders and Contractors Merit Award

Associated General Contractors of Mississippi Build Mississippi Award