Built for the Coast
Located on the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the new Hancock County Government Annex was built in response to the devastation from Hurricane Katrina. Generous porches were punctuated by entry towers, which marked public entrances to each of the five departments of the county government building. The octagonal corner tower serves as an outdoor lobby and entrance to the public meeting hall. Native cypress is utilized at the towers and at interior millwork.
Conservation features include indigenous landscaping, low-flow plumbing fixtures, daylighting, occupancy sensor controls at lighting, super insulation, low VOC products, regional and reclaimed content materials, and high-efficiency HVAC systems. Savings of over 20% in cooling costs, 38% in lighting, and over 50% in water use have resulted from the conservation features of the building.
Brick Industry Winner
The Government Annex was the winner of the 2012 Brick Industry Association—Southeast Region Design with Brick Award.