The MSU Foundation supports the university through providing enhanced philanthropic opportunities. Information about these programs can be found here. There are a number of options for giving, and the Foundation can work with you to ensure your gift is used in a way that is consistent with your expectations.

If you prefer to give specifically to the department, you may do this through the Foundation’s online giving portal. All you need do is designate “Other” and then specify where you want your gift to be used, e.g. CEE Advancement Fund, CEE Building Complex Fund, CEE ASCE, etc.


Richard A. Rula Civil & Environmental Engineering Complex

Building Donors

The design of the Richard A. Rula building, the future home of Mississippi State University’s Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering, is quickly approaching completion. Eley Guild Hardy Architects, in partnership with EYP Inc., have received final approval from Mississippi’s Institutions of Higher Learning (IHL) for the Design and Development recommendations, and in the process of finalizing the construction documents for the new "Civil and Environmental Engineering Complex."

The complex is currently expected to be over 80,000 square feet with a high bay infrastructure research laboratory and a larger, flexible “maker space” for student instruction are cornerstones of this new, state-of-the-art university facility. The Rula Building will include connect classrooms supporting the university’s nationally-ranked distance education program. Dedicated research and teaching labs are included which support the department’s technical strengths in the areas of construction, environmental, geotechnical, materials, structural, transportation, and water resources engineering, as well as space to support the chemistry instructional needs of the university.

The new home for the department, the complex will include administrative and student offices, conference rooms and library for CEE. Student project and research program staging and storage spaces will be integrated into the facility. Student gathering spaces, secure student project meeting rooms, and student organization space have been incorporated in strategic ways which enhance the functionality of the design.

Currently, the anticipated total cost of the project is $32 million. Construction of the facility is expected to start in summer 2018. Fund raising for facility enhancements and augmentation of laboratory equipment is underway. Donations of books for the library, and equipment for the research space are also being accepted.  These gifts can be coordinated through the department or the MSU Foundation.