Our History

— Waggoner —

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


Waggoner Engineering, Inc. was incorporated

Joe A. Waggoner, P.A. founded in Brandon, Miss.


Moved to Jackson office


Statewide Water Management Plan

Waggoner was the prime consultant for this plan – the first of its kind in Mississippi and only a handful nationwide. The plan addressed evaluation and identification of the interdependencies and compatibilities between surface water and groundwater management, conservation, environmental protection, economic development, flood control, and the institutional management issues associated with statewide water resources management.


Highland Colony Parkway

Opened in April, the award-winning Highland Colony Parkway represents creative planning, design, and financing through joint participation, and is recognized as one of the premier economic development corridors in the Southeast. It’s one of few transportation and economic development corridors of its kind without federal participation. Waggoner performed the initial route surveys, right-of-way acquisition surveys, design, and construction administration for the entire project. 


Sardis Lake

Sardis Lake Recreation and Tourism Master Plan – A master plan for recreational development within the 6,000 acres surrounding Sardis Lake was produced to organize recreational activities into a viable rural economic development resource to serve the recreational and tourism needs of a regional population.


Jackson Airport Parking

The Jackson-Medgar Evers Wiley International Airport Parking Facility Project included the expansion of public parking areas in the east and west parking areas, relocation and expansion of rental car facilities, construction of new employee parking, and relocation of revenue control facilities. The project additionally included a two-level public parking garage, expandable to three levels, with all-weather, overhead pedestrian walkways, security systems, ADA compliant stairwells and elevators, and emergency call devices.


Nissan Vehicle Assembly Plant

Waggoner served as the overall project manager for development of the $1.2 billion, 1,700-acre Nissan Manufacturing site located in Canton, Miss. Within an amazing 18-week schedule, Waggoner designed and managed the development of the 100-acre building pad, including grading design for 3.5 million yards of fill material, site drainage, clearing and demolition plans, and property acquisition for the site and improvements. 


Opened Mid-South office in Hernando, Miss.


Mississippi Geographic Information, LLC (MGI)

Waggoner formed MGI as a joint venture with two other firms to serve Mississippi Department of Environmental Quality in implementing the Mississippi Flood Map Modernization Initiative.


Initiated Statewide Digital Mapping Program

Waggoner was selected to manage the development and implementation of a statewide digital mapping system for the State of Mississippi – the Mississippi Digital Earth Model (MDEM) – collecting seven core data layers of the state.  This program is ongoing. 


Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Infrastructure Program

Waggoner led a consortium of three firms to develop the Gulf Region Water and Wastewater Plan (GRWWP) following Hurricane Katrina and subsequently managed the implementation of $641 million in capital improvements over 65 different projects in five counties.


Dr. Robert Smith Sr. Parkway (JSU)

Waggoner was engaged to assess the situation and present alternatives to address the transportation deficiencies, the decline of residential and commercial areas and blight, and to provide an entrance and enhance visibility to the Jackson State University campus. Completed in 2007, the two-phase project included the development of a four-lane median divided parkway concept with bike and pedestrian trails, underground utilities, heavy utilization of “pocket” parks, traffic roundabouts, and vegetative plantings.


Opened office in New Orleans, La.


Preserving Downtown Pelahatchie

Pelahatchie commissioned Waggoner Engineering to develop a revitalization plan that enhances the community’s assets and infrastructure through sustainable solutions.  Waggoner’s design includes physical improvements in key areas that enrich the community’s image and highlight its unique character.


DeSoto County Regional Utility Authority

In 1998, Waggoner began working with DeSoto County to develop a strategic master plan to provide a county-wide wastewater system.  Faced with a combination of environmentally impaired streams and rapid population growth throughout the county, the leadership of DeSoto County recognized the need for a plan for the future.  Construction of the critical ‘backbone’ elements of the regional system was completed in 2013.

Wirtz Road Water Well

Waggoner designed a special system to meet Flowood’s complex needs – a state of the art and aesthetically pleasing 1,750 gpm water well and treatment plant which produces over one million gallons of water each day. The new system contains an 8,100-gallon storage tank for holding the liquid sodium hypochlorite and reduces the number of times maintenance personnel come into contact with the chemicals.


DeSoto County Johnson Creek WWTF opened

The $13.8 million Johnson Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility opened in September of 2013. Designed to meet the needs of western DeSoto County for the next 20 years, this environmental infrastructure project provides for adequate treatment of increased wastewater, allowing the county to be in compliance with water quality certification.


Lake Harbour Drive

The design included widening to five lanes, two in each direction with one center turn lane. Landscaping, lighting, drainage improvements, five traffic signals and multiuse trail construction were also included in this $17.5 million project.

Opened MS Gulf Coast office in Gulfport, Miss.


Opened office in Memphis, Tenn.



Waggoner Resilience Formed

Waggoner formed Waggoner Resilience to provide disaster recovery services to communities and regions across the southeast and the Country. Waggoner served as a partner for a grant administration team managing $6 billion in Community Development Block Grant Disaster Recovery (CDBG) recovery funds. Waggoner assisted communities and school districts in identifying and planning long-term recovery projects including green spaces, recreational facilities, environmental restoration, and the revitalization of blighted neighborhoods.


Opened office in Vicksburg, Miss. 


Opened office in Oxford, Miss. 


Waggoner Utilities Division implemented in Birmingham, Ala. 


We do more than plan and design infrastructure – we transform communities.