Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., was formed in January of 1963 to pursue a general practice of consultation in civil engineering. A cornerstone goal of our firm from the very outset was to deliver technical, economic, social and environmental excellence in every project we touch. We stand for quality of character and quality of work and strive to provide both in the most effective, efficient and economical way possible. Our objective has been to set the bar for our profession – our unswerving commitment to client service and our unequalled commitment to excellence have made this a reality.

Our commitment to the ideal and standard of excellence is exemplified in our highly professional staff consisting of seven registered professional engineers, one engineer interns and twelve full-time support personnel. With this skilled team, we daily help to improve the quality of life, welfare, and safety of both our clients and the public at large.

In the past 50 years, Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., has undertaken planning, design and resident observation of major drainage, street and road, water and sewer systems, airport improvements and other major construction projects for a wide range of public and private sector clients. Our work in the public sector has honed our expertise and knowledge of federal regulations, requirements and programs. Our firm has direct, practical experience with the following:

  1. Community Development Block Grant (CDBG)
  2. Economic Development Agency (EDA)
  3. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)
  4. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)
  5. Department of Defense (DOD)
  6. Federal Aid Urban Systems (FAUS)
  7. Farmer’s Home Administration (FHA)


Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., has designed drainage systems for over 50 subdivision and/or land development projects in the greater Hattiesburg area. We have designed drainage systems for numerous airports, which include the Hattiesburg-Laurel Regional Airport (Pine Belt Regional Airport), the Hattiesburg Municipal Airport, the Hattiesburg Industrial Park. We have also designed drainage systems for Federal-Aid Urban Roads and Streets. Large commercial establishments such as the  Cloverleaf Mall, The University Mall, the new Methodist Hospital, Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company and the new Petal High School constitute some of our larger design work. We also prepared a preliminary drainage study for the Northern portion of the Arledge West drainage basin for the Hattiesburg Housing Authority.


Our experience in planning, designing and observation of construction for roads and streets has been extensive, beginning with the Mississippi Department of Transportation. Our more recent work has been with streets and roads in subdivisions, as well as numerous city projects including South 40th Avenue, North 38th Avenue, Lincoln Road, Weathersby Road (all of which are in the City of Hattiesburg, Mississippi, and in the City of Petal), the Old Richton Road, North Main Street, West First Avenue, and Central Avenue. Our firm has extensive experience and understanding of the regulations and requirements of the Mississippi Department of Transportation and the State Aid Division. Our firm has developed many site plans for commercial developments. Some of these clients are: Cloverleaf Mall, CBL & Associates, Marvin’s, Lowe’s, University Mall, Hattiesburg Industrial Park Commission, Hardy’s, McDonald’s, York Development, Kemp Company, Big K Oil, Morris Oil, and many others.


We have designed water systems for over 25 water associations including water distributions, elevated water tanks, water wells and water treatment plants. We’ve also designed water and sewer systems for over 50 entities including sewer treatment plants.

Some of our projects have included water and sewer extensions for the Methodist Hospital and the Hattiesburg Coca-Cola Bottling Company, water and sewer extensions to serve NECO, water and sewer systems for the Hattiesburg Industrial Park, sewer extensions to tie Lamar Park into the City of Hattiesburg’s sewer system, new sewer for the City of Petal including interceptors, a metered pump station to pump sewer to the City of Hattiesburg’s South Lagoon, and rehabilitation of sewer, including in situ-forming, in the City of Petal.

Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., has served as City Engineer for the City of Petal since 1976. Our work as City Engineers has consisted of drainage studies, street planning and construction, bridge construction, water and sewer projects, and consultations with the City Administration pertaining to the engineering problems occurring in the City of Petal.


Our commitment to client service and excellence provides a fundamental framework where each project contracted to our firm receives the same level of professional service.

Through our facilities, qualified staff members, and the experience gained in over thirty years of service to a diverse public and private sector client base, Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., not only possesses the capacity to provide the professional services required for any client, but also has the established track record of doing so for all clients.

Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., ensures that its professional engineers and other staff are available to be committed to every project. Our firm also contains the necessary technical equipment and facilities to design and manage any project. As a consultancy, we understand the importance of providing the client with a project scope that meets their actual identified needs. Throughout the years we have developed and maintained a professional service history of making a thorough evaluation of the project to identify the resources necessary to get the job done – and then mobilizing those resources to make it happen. The primary approach of Shows, Dearman & Waits, Inc., in establishing our capacity is not a laundry list approach; it is a results-oriented delivery of high quality professional services within the necessary regulatory, oversight and financial guidelines which ultimately are satisfactory to the client.