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Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence

The Haley Barbour Center for Manufacturing Excellence (CME) at the University of Mississippi is an exercise in contrasts: a factory floor in an academic setting, a future-focused technology center on an historic university campus.

CDFL designed the CME to be a cutting-edge experiential teaching environment in which students can immerse themselves in the manufacturing process. To do this, the team integrated a 12,000 sf manufacturing floor into the design of the building. Additionally, our engineers designed a photovoltaic system and installed the state’s largest solar panel array to help power the CME. That solar power data is collected and is available online here.

LEED Silver-certified, the CME includes features such as natural day-lighting on the manufacturing floor, low-flow restroom fixtures, flexible power and utility infrastructure, and roof insulation that increases mechanical efficiency by 30%.

Photography by Hubert Worley

+ is a dynamic team working together

robertRob Farr, Principal in Charge/Architect
Matthew_BuchananMatthew Buchanan, Architect
Katie_Jo_ChaneKatie Jo Chane, Interior Designer
jesseJesse Browning, Electrical Engineer
Mechanical Engineering
“Whether it’s our state-of-the-art boardroom or our unprecedented manufacturing simulation floor, the CME introduces students to what it means to be a professional in today’s business market.”

– Ryan Miller, Programs Manager and Assistant Director of the CME

by the numbers


Kilowatts of power generated annually by the CME’s photovoltaic system


Square footage of the CME


Percent increase CDFL engineers achieved in recognized mechanical efficiency standards


School of its kind in United States at the time of the CME’s development