December 14, 2016
MSU Architecture Students Recognized for Design Studio Plans that Showcase Mid‑Rise Wood Buildings
Pictured: Front Row from left: Jacob Gines, Omkar Prabhu, Curtis Reed, Keith Ward, Mark Power and Jarred Creel; Back Row: Anna Kendall, Ian Munn, Tedrick Ratcliff and Robby Toombs
Starkville, Miss. — Using innovative wood technologies on the inside and exterior of a proposed mid-rise design studio earned architecture student Curtis Reed a $500 prize and – more importantly – an appreciation for mass-timber technologies.
“Mississippi needs a tall wood building because people need to see it. As people see these students’ designs, I believe it will draw businesses and other entities to want these kinds of buildings for themselves,” said Tedrick Ratcliff, Executive Vice President of the Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA).
The competition was facilitated by TIMB(R): Timber Innovations for Mississippi Buildings Reimagined Studio. This studio was taught by Mississippi State University (MSU) Assistant Professor of Architecture, Jacob Gines, and open to fourth-year architecture students.
Students were judged based on their design’s ability to promote MFA’s mission as well as for practicality and innovation. The projects used innovative mass-timber technologies, such as cross-laminated timber (CLT).
“It doesn’t mean the winning design will necessarily be built, but it will provide MFA an opportunity to conjure interest and investment for such a project in Mississippi. We love the idea of being able to facilitate that process,” said Jacob Gines, an Assistant Professor in the MSU School of Architecture.
TIMB(R) held a symposium that featured expert speakers in the green building field from across the country. Students also went to Oregon to be exposed to some of the most influential research and projects on mass-timber in the United States.
Funding for the TIMB(R) Studio was provided by the Sustainable Forestry Initiative® (SFI), Mississippi Forestry Foundation, and Weyerhaeuser through the SFI Conservation and Community Partnerships Grant Program. Learn more at sfiprogram.org.
“The TIMB(R) Studio has garnered a lot of excitement about the possibility of mass-timber buildings in Mississippi. Through the programs and projects made possible by the SFI grant, we feel confident that these future architects are prepared to incorporate innovative wood technologies into their work,” Ratcliff said.
Additional support for the project was provided by Shuqualak Lumber, the MSU Department of Sustainable Bioproducts, the MSU College of Art, Architecture, and Design, and other private partners.
MFA’s vision is to serve as the “Voice of Forestry” in Mississippi. MFA’s mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish the mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources. Learn more at msforestry.net.
November 4, 2016
Henry “Bubba” and Hortense Bass named
Mississippi Forestry Association’s Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year
Jackson, Miss. - Mississippi Forestry Association (MFA) named Henry “Bubba” and Hortense Bass of Monticello, as the MFA 2016 Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year. MFA presented the award at its annual President’s Banquet, a highlight of the 2016 MFA Annual Meeting in Jackson. The 350 banquet guests enjoyed a video presentation by Mississippi State University’s Farmweek on the Bass Tree Farm. The Basses will represent Mississippi in the 2017 National Outstanding Tree Farmer of the Year competition sponsored by the American Tree Farm System.
The Bass Tree Farm was purchased in 1975 and it has been under a written forest management plan for the past 25 years. Mississippi State University Extension Service Forester Dr. Stephen Dicke wrote the original management plan, but since then they have worked with Forestry Consultant Mark Dale for management decisions. Mr. Bass personally does all of the work on the Tree Farm including controlled burning and herbicide application.
The Basses love hosting groups on their property. For years they have sponsored a Natural Resource Field Day for the Lawrence County School District. This Field Day includes educational stations on pond management, forestry, soil science, paper making, and archery. They also often invite youth and their parents to hunt on their property that might not have a place to hunt otherwise.
The Basses are active members of the Mississippi Forestry Association as well as the Lawrence, Lincoln and Jefferson Davis County Forestry Associations. Attending seminars is important to them so they can stay informed on current best management practices. They are also very involved in encouraging others to join these groups and become more active landowners.
Mississippi Forestry Association's vision is to serve as the "Voice of Forestry" in Mississippi. MFA’s mission is leading diverse groups to promote landowner rights, environmental stewardship, member prosperity, and community understanding. MFA members and staff work to accomplish the mission by conducting public affairs, communication, and education programs that will foster better understanding and appreciation of conservation, development, and use of forestland and resources. To learn more, visit www.msforestry.net.