21-0315 BTW Final Rendering

JACKSON, Miss. – March 22, 2021 – An historic building in the city of Philadelphia is getting a facelift. Plans are underway for the Booker T. Washington School gymnasium renovations, initially constructed in 1948 and now a Mississippi Landmark.

Waggoner Engineering is in the initial stages of design and has submitted a rendering to the city, which was approved Tuesday.

“We are excited the mayor and board of alderman selected Waggoner to provide professional services for these improvements,” said Darion Warren, CFM, Sr. Project Manager at Waggoner. “We look forward to partnering with the city on a project that will contribute to the well-being and quality of life for the community.”

The building houses the Exhibit Hall Head Start Center, which is part of the Mississippi Action for Progress (MAP) program, a community-based child development, and family services program for preschool children low-income families. The gymnasium also supports the city’s parks and recreation programs for youth.

 “We are very pleased to have Waggoner Engineering working with us,” Mayor James Young said. “This is very important for our community and will enhance recreation activities for our city.”

Alderman-At-Large Leroy Clemons stated on his Facebook page, “this project will greatly benefit our entire county.” 

Some of the renovations include updating the restrooms to be ADAAG compliant, installing electrical and heating, ventilation, air conditioning throughout the facility, and replacing the gym floor.


About Waggoner Engineering, Inc.

Waggoner Engineering, founded in 1976, is a civil engineering firm with a passion for helping communities realize their full potential. Today, Waggoner has expanded throughout the Mid-South and is recognized for its innovative, multi-disciplinary services that make it much more than a traditional engineering firm.