As a true testament to Hall of Famer Walter Payton’s legacy, the new Wildcat Stadium will serve as a monument to honor the hard work and dedication of all Columbia HS athletes: past, present, and future. The entire event experience has been reimagined- with new bleacher seats and top-tier cabanas, top of the line infrastructure for the field and track, and upgraded technology to elevate game day viewing. A new entry plaza promotes circulation, complete with a statue of the Columbia-grad Walter Payton as a reminder of the great athletes that rise from the community.
Columbia High School Football Stadium
The Castle Headquarters reimagines an historic 3-story building in the downtown area of Meridian, MS. Working with the MS Dept of Archives and History, preservation and adaptive reuse of this historic downtown corner was a key component of this new office space. A new courtyard and stair tower connects each office floor with modern amenities and an elevator. Providing flexible work options throughout the space, the corporate office program was developed for multiple departments, including executive suites and offices, as well as open work areas, and an employee-focused work lounge. The existing mechanical and electrical infrastructure was completely redesigned and brought up to modern codes and compliance.
With brick, steel, and glass, the Jones HQ embraces downtown Hattiesburg while bringing new energy to the Midtown District. A large outdoor plaza and work lounge with balcony put employee engagement first, with the amenities of a top workplace that promote connection and collaboration. Jones Capital’s 80,000-square-foot facility will house teams from the seven companies in Jones’ portfolio, collaborating in an open working environment with shared amenity spaces.
The Fountains Infusion Center
The Fountains Infusion Center is located in the Brick City Drugs building. Its facilities include four infusion rooms. The upscale finishes and tasteful art make patients feel relaxed and calm while visiting for infusions. Each room is complete with radiant heaters, massage/heat chairs, and TVs.
Brick City Compounding
Brick City Compounding is a locally owned compound pharmacy designed to serve the community’s prescriptive needs. It is owned by the same people that own Brick City Drugs and Vital Care of Mississippi. They enlisted WBA’s design expertise to create an environment where customers feel at home. It is located in the same building as Brick City Drugs in suite C.
Left Field Lofts
At the reinvented Dudy Noble Field/Polk Dement Stadium, the new Left Field Lofts overlooking Mississippi State University’s historic Left Field Lounge. Available for rent, each apartment-style Left Field Loft offer two bedrooms, two bathrooms, an open concept kitchen and living space, and a patio deck with the best views of Dudy Noble Field.
Morgan White Group
With their employees housed under three different roofs, Morgan White Group enlisted our help to design renovations to a former print shop in Ridgeland, Mississippi. A large portion of the space contained massive printing presses and machines that served the everyday functions of printing. This large open area was transformed into a call center for Morgan White’s numerous departments. Other spaces were reimagined and converted to offices, break rooms, conference rooms, training spaces, and more.
The new state-of-the-art space allows for growth and fostering community amongst staff. Future growth areas were incorporated into the space plan to accommodate anticipated company expansion. The exterior was painted, new windows were incorporated, and the building’s main entry corner was modified to make an impactful first impression.
A large fountain was built at the front to greet visitors and passers-by traveling down I-55.
Vital Care of Mississippi
Vital Care of Central Mississippi is an independently owned and operated franchise of Vital Care Home Infusion Services. In order to expand their home infusion services, Vital Care sought to create an infusion center inside Brick City Drugs, a locally owned pharmacy. This project consisted of three separate infusion suites for patients requiring or needing infusions administered on site. The clean, comfortable, and spacious suites give patients the comfort of home. Two semi-private rooms and a private room are each equipped with state-of-the-art chairs and televisions create a space where the process is painless.
Tri-Delta Florida State University
Delta Delta Delta’s Alpha Eta Chapter at Florida State University has outgrown their current house and hired WBA Architecture to design a new facility for the growing chapter.
The new facility provides sufficient space for the chapter’s 350+ members and 60 residents. The design is based on the Neoclassical style and is elegant yet understated.
Madison Central Baseball Improvements
Madison Central High School’s baseball team was in need of a new headquarters for the Jaguars. WBA helped create a two-story baseball locker room and office facility. The first floor consists of two locker rooms for the varsity and junior varsity teams, complete with an adjoining restroom and shower room. This project also included a large raised deck with a two-tiered viewing platform for MCHS baseball fans, in addition to a new home team bullpen and the addition of concrete site paving for future facility improvements.
UMMC Pre-Anesthesia Testing Facility
The Pre-Anesthesia Testing Relocation consisted of a 2,000 square foot renovation within the existing Physicans Pavilion on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. This facility includes five screening rooms, four offices, and a corresponding reception desk in the main corridor. Additionally, the project included a renovated Specimen Preparation area apart of the existing Laboratory suite.
The Blake at Baxter Village
The Blake at Baxter Village is a senior living community that features a wide array of options for the golden years – independent living, assisted living, and memory care. Playing on the “front porch living” style that defines the community of Fort Mill, The Blake at Baxter Village blends the comforts of home with the necessary hospitality and professional care amenities needed for the ultimate in senior living. Spacious assisted living and memory care suites feature personalized floor plans with security/monitoring technology while still feeling like home. The Independent Living cottages feature two bedrooms designed for comfortable, safe, and enjoyable senior living, building a new tradition in retirement living care.
Fondren North 6
Genna Benna’s Restaurant
Located in the Wierhouse, a century-old building right on the square in Brandon, Genna Benna’s is a new restaurant offering Southern food for lunch and dinner, a bakery, and The Gallows, a speakeasy-style bar in the back. The historic building has been many things over the years (including a general store and a jailhouse), and now it has been meticulously restored to accommodate retail space and loft apartments.
MS Agriculture & Forestry Museum Barns
WBA Architecture was entrusted to help rebuild two barns that were burned down in 2014 at the Mississippi Agriculture and Forestry Museum. The new spaces include a children’s barn and a multi-purpose building that is outfitted for a woodworking/restoration workshop and a museum display pole barn.
Our team also helped replace a portion of fire-damaged cladding on the main building and sewer line that serves the campus.
Fondren Fitness is bringing a new name in fitness to Jackson, Mississippi’s historic neighborhood. This new, state-of-the-art gym is a reinvention of what was once a local grocery co-op. The historic storefront building is now home to a fitness studio with expansive views of the vibrant neighborhood, efficient locker rooms, and a group fitness room. The space is also home to Mama Nature’s Juice Bar, an organic juice and smoothie shop.
The building’s dates corrugated tin facade is updated to bring the space into the 21st century, creating an updated view from the neighborhood’s business intersection.
Kappa Kappa Gamma
The design for the Kappa Kappa Gamma House at The University of Mississippi is organized around a central three-story winding stair that is capped with a cupola. Providing access to the dining and chapter rooms on the lowest level and the residential rooms on the upper level, this stair will be part of the daily life of the members, but will also provide for a dramatic recruitment experience. The cupola brings light into the center of the house and will have a beacon effect in the evenings.
The house takes advantage of its corner lot by providing both access to side-street walkway, but also by devoting a significant amount of outdoor space, both covered and open, for gatherings. This allows the life of the chapter to be fully expressed to the greater campus.
Separate chapter and dining rooms will support large gatherings of this chapter of 400 members, while smaller living and study spaces will allow for smaller gatherings.
Suite K was a 320 square foot renovation within the existing Physicians Pavilion on the campus of the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Suite K includes two exam rooms and a break room within the Dermatology suite.
Brick City Drugs
In an effort to bring a local option to their hometown of Madison, Mississippi, the owners of Brick City Drugs and Vital Care of Mississippi enlisted the design services of WBA Architecture. With a vision for a place where customers are comfortable and feel at home, the space melds the functional needs of a full-service pharmacy and infusion pharmacy with warmth and small-town charm.
Half Shell Oyster House
The Half Shell Oyster House will be the first of several buildings in The Village at Madison, a new development in Madison, Mississippi, that will feature approximately 60,000 square feet. The Village at Madison is designed to be a walkable mixed-use district that will tie in seamlessly with the city’s historic district. In addition to The Half Shell Oyster House, this 18-acre commercial and residential development will feature restaurants, retail, and professional office space.
The Lodge at Lake Okhissa
The Lodge at Lake Okhissa is envisioned to be a resort and conference center along the southern shore of Lake Okhissa. The lodge is planned to have 200 guest rooms and a conference capacity of 1,000 persons to support events including job training, coding seminars, and chess tournaments hosted by the award-winning Franklin Chess Center. Amenities will include support for outdoor activities, a restaurant, lobby, and pool. The design concept for the building was inspired by the iconic lodges of America’s National Parks and will celebrate the use of local timber.
USM Wellness Center
The University of Southern Mississippi faced scheduling difficulties in their current coliseum, where the men’s basketball team, women’s basketball team, and the volleyball programs are held. The University enlisted WBA to design a new Wellness Center that will serve as the new home to the women’s volleyball program, featuring volleyball courts, a training room, a weight room, locker rooms, classrooms, administrative offices, plus additional meeting space available to the community with roughly 1,000 seats.
The Wierhouse Lofts
While many of its buildings have long sat abandoned or unkempt, the City of Brandon’s quaint downtown historic district has recently come to see a cheerful resurgence. WBA’s own principal architect Jamie Wier was drawn to the city’s small-town appeal. In 2013, he was attending the Brandon Christmas parade and noticed an unassuming building at 200 Town Square.
Jamie investigated the building, its history, and its availability. Now, he owns, has restored, and lives in the historic building, built some time in the 1850s. 200 Town Square was first occupied by The Barnes Store, a mercantile shop owned by Wiley G. Barnes. When Barnes partnered with Webb Douglas Ragland, it became the Barnes and Ragland Store, with offerings ranging from fruit to tools to caskets. Later in its life, it would become a general store, a makeshift jail when the courthouse and jailhouse were burned, and doctor and law offices. The Barnes family owned the building for just shy of a century before selling it to Bill and Kathryn Humphries in 1970. The Humphries operated it as a hardware store before selling it to Charles and Ann Sheppard, who converted it to an antiques store. The building next door was built in 1883 and owned by the Shields family. In 2016, Jamie purchased both buildings totaling 12,000 square feet, both of which survived the Civil War, the Great Depression, and two raging fires.
Around every corner lies a piece of history and a story being told. Jamie knew it would take a lot of hard work and dedication, but that he was now handed a role in this story. Jamie was meticulous about preserving the character and integrity of the delicate building. The building is sturdily constructed of hardwoods and brick, with beams bearing dates as far back as 1903. Every structurally sound item or feature was carefully preserved, but the brick appeared problematic. Brick craftsman Brad Brown painstakingly replaced nearly half the brick to carefully match the original. Now, it’s difficult to tell which is which.
The Wierhouse is now not only home to Jamie and Meagan, but two new tenants that occupy the five loft apartments. Coming soon is Genna Benna Restaurant, Georgia Blue Bakery, and a speakeasy in the basement that bears the bars that once held prisoners. Through his methodical recreation of 200 Town Square, Jamie Wier is helping breathe new life into small town Mississippi – a feat Jamie is proud to do for a community that has embraced him.
Positive Steps Fertility
Positive Steps Fertility is the home to Dr. J. Preston Parry. This new, welcoming 8,500 square-foot building lends a cozy, at-home feel to families as they embark on the journey to parenthood. The clinic’s staff is dedicated to helping patients feel at home and at ease, and their new building needed to reflect that goal. Positive Steps Fertility incorporates state-of-the-art care with a warm place to provide services that are accessible and easy to understand.
Mississippi Children’s Museum – Meridian
The Mississippi Children’s Museum in Meridian serves as a vibrant gateway into the city’s downtown corridor. By positioning the building closer to the street, it helps hold an urban edge and allows the building to serve as the museum’s own billboard. Larger than life sculptures of children will be visible along the street, helping create a whimsical and playful feel to the building.
The design process has melded safety and innovation as driving forces. The museum entrance is positioned off the street, creating a safe zone for children and their families to enter away from traffic. The inventive design will provide a perfect space for children to learn and explore with interactive exhibits designed by Kraemer Design + Production, Inc. The state-of-the-art museum will provide inspiration and enlightenment for generations to come.
Fine & Dandy
Fine & Dandy is a novel burger and craft cocktail restaurant located at the District at Eastover, a Jackson mixed-use center with commercial and residential spaces. WIER BOERNER ALLIN Architecture was hired to design this new establishment by developing an existing building shell. The design was organized around the “jewel box,” a glassed-in kitchen that allows the Chef and his team to be visible yet not intrusive to the dining room. The double-sided bar opens onto a porch with panoramic views of the District Green. Interior finishes and fixtures portray a mixture of modern, traditional, and industrial motifs which were influenced by the owner’s British family heritage.
Fine & Dandy was completed in collaboration with Ferriss + Co.
2727 Old Canton Road
Located in Jackson’s Fondren District, 2727 Old Canton Road was originally designed by the Jackson architectural firm Jones and Haas in the early 1960s but, by 2017, was in significant need of modernization. The renovations, designed to accommodate a young technology company on the lower level and Wier Boerner Allin Architecture on the upper level, celebrate the building’s original parti of anchoring brick forms and a rhythmic, cantilevered upper level.
Located in the space formerly occupied by parking, the addition to the street side provides a new building entry, stair, elevator, access to a roof terrace, and also serves as an art gallery. The elevator shaft is clad in a modified Flemish bond with projecting headers and anchors the building in its urban setting. The north-facing glazed aluminum curtainwall was designed to complement in detail and proportion the existing vertical precast concrete fins and allows for public views into the space. The roof terrace is accessed through a ‘dog trot’ that also serves as an exterior meeting space. With panoramic views of Fondren, the roof terrace is not only a building amenity, but is also used for community functions.
Interior renovations of the existing building reveal much of the building’s original construction. The precast concrete fins of the building’s exterior extend into the second floor lobby and on both levels, the cast-in-place concrete structure is left exposed and unaltered. On the second level, enclosed functions are organized along the length of the building’s southern wall. A perforated brick wall along the south façade, originally an open-air screen wall, was glazed to the exterior and now provides a backdrop to conference rooms, offices, and other support functions, allowing filtered natural light into each space.
Forman Watkins & Krutz
Forman Watkins & Krutz, a law firm with a staff of 100, was previously located on multiple, disconnected floors in two adjacent mid-rise office towers in downtown Jackson, MS. With their office relocation to the top three floors of the 22-story Regions Plaza, they sought to unify their staff, create opportunities for diverse collaboration, and celebrate their commitment to downtown Jackson.
The 22nd floor has sweeping, unparalleled views of the city and serves as the primary floor with a reception lobby, conference rooms, and offices for senior staff. Primary circulation axes through the office are terminated on the building’s windows, visually expanding and allowing natural light into the space while also offering city views to all visitors and staff. Informal open collaboration nodes occur at the intersection and terminus of each axis. Visitor areas (the reception lobby and conference rooms) are defined by a soffit constructed of salvaged wood that extends along the longitudinal axis and returns to the floor, defining the visitor waiting area. Conference rooms are partly enclosed with glass walls to reveal views of downtown.
A new communicating stair between the 22nd and 21st floors literally and figuratively connects and unifies the working experience and leads to an open staff café lounge and dining area. The stair’s landing and the space underneath are used for informal working and collaboration, while the space on the floor below the receptionist desk is an intimate law library. Attorney offices on both floors around the building’s perimeter, while requiring visual privacy, feature clerestory windows to allow light and views of the sky into the adjacent staff areas.
Apothecary is a hidden gem of the Fondren neighborhood of Jackson. This “speak easy” craft cocktail bar and grill is located in the rear space of Brent’s Drugs. Modeled after unauthorized drinking establishments found during the 1920’s prohibition era, Apothecary was designed to have the prominent element of secrecy. This project involved the transformation of a large storage space, new shared restrooms, new kitchen and a new service corridor.
Rankin Trails Baseball Complex
The Rankin Trails Baseball Complex is one of two sections within the new 200-acre city park. The final master plan will include 12 baseball fields with artificial turf infields, concessions, and restroom facilities throughout as well as a large club pavilion purposed as a team gathering space. The other section of the complex is the construction of a 8,000-seat amphitheater. This facility will host not only major concerts, but also other community events for the city and county. Connecting these components is a 15-mile network of biking and running trails that weaves through natural water features, picnic areas, and a wooded area with a playground.
The Brandon Amphitheater at the Quarry in Brandon will be the first amphitheater in Central Mississippi. With approximately 8,000 seats, the Brandon Amphitheater will host not only major concerts, but also other community and lifestyle shows. Two large LED viewing screens float on either side of the stage and they will be accompanied by a state of the art audio visual system. A VIP lounge resides to the right of the stage which contains a separate venue entry, parking lot, bar and seating area that overlooks the stage. Box seats, designed to hold parties, occupy the first tier of elevated seating. The boxes have a lounge-and-luxury atmosphere and have assigned runners who deliver refreshments and concessions to the boxes occupants. Also on the 250-acre site, visitors will find running and biking trails as well as a baseball complex, which will feature astro-turf fields.
Alpha Phi House
The Alpha Phi house is a new Greek life facility for the Iota Omega chapter of the Alpha Phi Sorority at the University of Mississippi. The 25,800-square-foot house will support the current and future needs of the new chapter. The development is largely residential in scope, with 58 strategically designed bedrooms. Included in the floor plan is a commercial kitchen, a large dining room with generous natural lighting and seating space, and a meeting room that can serve 250 to 400 members at any given time. The interior of the home has a collected aesthetic inspired by the sorority’s heritage and tradition.
The Claiborne at Adelaide
The Claiborne at Adelaide is an assisted living facility with 100 rooms ranging in style from apartment-like to hotel-like. Interior courtyards provide secure outdoor space. Working closely with the contractor, Wier Boerner Allin identified cost-saving items while also achieving a high level of finish.
Delta Delta Delta House
The Delta Delta Delta sorority tasked Wier Boerner Allin with updating the Delta Delta Delta sorority house at Mississippi State University. The existing dormitory wing will be fully renovated to include larger restrooms, bedrooms and new study spaces. The existing social building will be razed and rebuilt with a new orientation, facing toward the university. A dining room for 250 will open onto a fully renovated courtyard space.
The Blake at Flowood
The Blake at Flowood is an assisted living facility with 120 rooms. These, built in varying styles, they range in resemblance from apartments to hotel rooms. Interior courtyards provide secure outdoor space. Working closely with the contractor, Wier Boerner Allin identified cost-saving items while also achieving a high level of finish.
The Blake at Oxford
The Blake at Oxford is a 100-unit senior living facility with both assisted-living and memory care residences ranging from studios to two-bedroom apartments. The residences are interspersed with many hospitality and professional care amenities, such as enclosed courtyards, media and activity rooms, and salon and spa services. Working closely with the owner and contractor, Wier Boerner Allin was able to incorporate a complex program into a compact, efficient building and to identify many cost-saving measures while achieving a high level of interior finish. The Blake has several locations throughout the South, many of which began with the design template refined during the design and construction process for The Blake at Oxford.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal School Chapel
Designed to be both a visual symbol and spiritual sanctuary, the St. Andrew’s Chapel is located at the crossing of two primary axes extending through the grades-five-through-12 campus. The site is marked by a new bell tower, establishing a new landmark and outward symbol of the school’s Episcopal tradition. The entry to the chapel is flanked by pools of water symbolizing baptism and creating a subtle separation of the interior space from the bustling campus. The chapel offers flexible seating for 120 to accommodate different expressions of worship. An operable wall system behind the altar is designed to open to the exterior, allowing worship to extend beyond the walls of the space while retaining the altar as the focal point.
Crossgates Baptist Church
Crossgates tasked Wier Boerner Allin with several interior renovations to its church, including:
- connecting the main public concourses to the sanctuary space;
- adding information kiosks to aid church visitors;
- renovating the church nursery with a new child check-in station; and
- adding an informal meeting space with point of sale for coffee and refreshments.
The project also included updating finishes with a unified interior palette the church can employ in future renovations. The unique challenges associated with the project included carrying out a complex renovation to the major public areas while the church was occupied and in use, opening up and simplifying circulation pinch points for large crowds at peak use times and adding visual interest to otherwise cavernous spaces.
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
Holy Trinity is a small church with a steadily growing membership. The congregation tasked Wier Boerner Allin with creating a new building that fit the church’s size while accounting for the quickly growing neighborhoods around the church. The space required multiple design types, including a sanctuary, parish hall, educational spaces and offices. Since the surrounding neighborhoods are growing at a rapid pace, anticipating and planning future phases was an important part of this design process. After future expansion, the building will serve as the parish hall and as a hub to educational wings. While functioning as a modern church facility, the building’s design aesthetics are purposefully Anglican in appearance and fitting to its countryside location. The biggest challenge for the Wier Boerner Allin team was to accommodate the church wish list with tight budget restraints.
Madison Heights Church
Madison Heights Church hired Wier Boerner Allin to design the first phase of a three-phase building plan for it’s growing congregation in Madison, Mississippi. The first phase created a facility that provided a temporary space for worship while incorporating traditional church forms. In the final phase, a new sanctuary was constructed, and the temporary worship space became the fellowship hall.
FEMA 361 Community Safe Room
The FEMA Community Safe Room is located in Brookhaven, Mississippi. This architecturally hardened facility is designed to resist extreme weather conditions and shelter 1,000 occupants for up to 36 hours. In addition to its primary function, this building also serves as a civic assembly space.
The Shiloh Park renovations are intended to enhance an existing park while meeting the growing needs of the city of Brandon. The renovated spaces are people friendly, offering improved walking surfaces, shade structures and low-maintenance landscaping with shade trees. The park buildings portray architecture that is reminiscent of the turn-of-the-century ballpark. Because of thoughtful design with high flexibility and functionality, Shiloh Park will be a treasured place for generations to come.
Brandon Fire Stations
Wier Boerner Allin designed three fire stations to serve as second homes for Brandon’s first responders. To house three separate shifts of firemen, each station has four bedrooms with built-in storage for personal items, full laundry facilities, and three separate built-in kitchen pantries. The open kitchen is full-service with commercial amenities. A spacious living room with abundant natural light adjoins the kitchen and truck bay. The two-vehicle truck bay is auto-ventilated and incorporates a drainage system so the trucks can be washed within the bay. The bay also has an second floor mezzanine for plenty of equipment storage. Each station has redundant infrastructure, including back-up generators and oxygen refill systems. Finally, one of the three stations was built with an on-site septic system due to its geographically remote location.
Mississippi Trade Mart
The new Mississippi Trade Mart at the State Fair Grounds in Jackson is designed to attach to the existing Mississippi Coliseum, expanding the functionality and flexibility of both facilities. The three trade halls can be configured to provide a seamless connection to the Coliseum’s arena floor, allowing for larger trade shows and events than possible in the current facility. A “front porch” across the main facade creates a generous entry into the facility while also providing a large, covered space for exterior events and opens onto a new plaza that is shared with the Coliseum. The lobby features two cafes as well as a reception area for smaller events.
For the renovation and expansion of the Mississippi Coliseum, Wier Boerner Allin set out to modernize a facility that has not seen a major upgrade since its construction in 1962. In addition to rehabilitating the arena, the concourse level is expanded with new concessions and food court areas along with a new bar with views into the arena. A club level, formally a set of unused press boxes, provides a dynamic space for viewing events or hosting special functions. The main entrance is rebuilt and expanded to give the facility a new, fresh public face.
Harveys – Starkville
Wier Boerner Allin lead Harvey’s Restaurant to a complete makeover. This project included complete bar renovation, restroom compliance and design, and design of lighting, finishes and fixtures. Our architects were proud to add Harvey’s, one of Starkville’s best and oldest dining traditions, to the Wier Boerner Allin portfolio.
Iron Horse Grill
The renovation of this twice-burned-down circa-1906 armor smokehouse presented Wier Boerner Allin with unique challenges. The existing structure was stabilized and restored, while a new, modern addition was constructed to house dining, bar and live music spaces. A dynamic glass entry gives life to the streetscape while also providing material contrast to the existing structure.
Ed’s Burger Joint
Robert St. John tasked Wier Boerner Allin with creating an inviting, relaxed and fun environment for patrons to eat, drink and play. The work included an interior renovation of the finishes and fixtures, as well as kitchen equipment replacement.
Bordering the front of the existing building, our architects included an outdoor entertainment deck and second-floor dining deck. The open-air two-story dining deck is structurally independent of the existing building and provides two stairways. The gaming deck is constructed of wood and built over an existing parking lot to provide a level surface for outdoor games. The structure of the existing building remains intact, with limited areas of material change and paint. Existing windows were replaced with metal framed glass, overhead doors and new storefront units.
Lockheed Martin’s service center is located in a Class A office building in Clinton, Mississippi. For the interior fit-out of the space, Wier Boerner Allin pulled inspiration from the aerospace industry, using smooth, curving forms and aluminum panels throughout the design. Despite an extremely aggressive schedule, Wier Boerner Allin delivered the design documents and oversaw construction within the four-month timeline.
RiverHills Bank asked Wier Boerner Allin to help it make a statement in the Jackson metro area. The architects at Wier Boerner Allin were tasked with producing a model that redefines the banking experience, while also meeting the strict design criteria of the city of Madison. This concept was inspired by the bank’s desire to create an atmosphere where the customer would feel at home, rather than the typical banking institution.
Gift of Life Center
The design concept for MORA’s Gift of Life Center is the proposed rehabilitation of two existing buildings—a converted car dealership and a metal storage building—into a cohesive facility. Similar design features and materials visually link the two buildings, while a meditation garden provides a physical connection between the two structures.
Millsaps Softball & Tennis Facilities
Millsaps College and Wier Boerner Allin set out with the goal of creating a unified complex for the college’s softball and tennis facilities. This was accomplished with the design of two new buildings strategically positioned between the softball field and tennis courts. Athletes, spectators and staff are now able to share restroom facilities, parking and other amenities. Improvements to the softball facility include the construction of a new press box and tiered seating behind home plate. The tennis facility now serves as a two-story observation structure with generous outdoor covered seating.
Nusz Park & A.J. Pitts Tennis Centre
Providing a dynamic experience for the spectator was one of WBA’s primary goals for Mississippi State University’s Softball and Tennis facilities. By expanding the existing tennis facility and connecting it both physically and architecturally to the new softball stadium, we were able to create a new shared ticketing booth. A bridge extending over the ticketing booth links the upper levels of both facilities and allows the spectator to move seamlessly between the two. Enhanced concessions and other spectator amenities are located along the loggia under the softball stadium seats. Team amenities for the softball facility are also located under the seating areas and are accessible directly from the dugouts.
Dudy Noble Field / Polk Dement Stadium
Consistently named as one of the top college baseball venues in America, Dudy Noble Field at Mississippi State University set the standard for on-campus facilities when it was built in the mid-1980s. Having now been surpassed by many of its peer facilities, MSU hired WBA Architecture, in association with Populous, to comprehensively reimagine and redesign the facility from the ground up.
This strategy helped meet the goal of reestablishing Dudy Noble Field as the finest on-campus, collegiate baseball facility in America. The expansion includes a new double-tiered seating bowl and an elevated concourse that surrounds the playing field, allowing a constant 360-degree view of the playing surface with excellent sight lines for every fan. In addition to the substantial structure renovations, the design team incorporated new welcoming entry plazas, new restrooms, concessions and a kids’ play area to engage every fan and appeal to the team’s family demographic. New press facilities, suites and the Omaha Club highlight the new View Level. Also included in the two-phase renovation is berm seating, upgraded field lighting, a high-definition video board and digital ribbon signage. The renovation not only improves the fan experience, but also benefits the team by including new team areas such as a clubhouse, meeting spaces, indoor batting cages and spaces for athletic training and equipment management.
Midtown Public Charter School
As a part of it’s effort to revitalize Jackson’s Midtown neighborhood, the Midtown Partners needed an architecture firm to transform 10,000 square feet of warehouse space into Mississippi’s second charter school. The school needed to be developed quickly while setting an innovative education example for the state and neighborhood.
An aggressive schedule required design and construction in less than nine months’ time. The renovation transformed the existing warehouse into an exciting learning environment for the 21st century with flexible learning spaces, natural light and interior visibility.
School of Theology
In anticipation of the school’s move back to the central campus, Sewanee commissioned Wier Boerner Allin Architecture to design a concept for the School of Theology at Sewanee | The University of the South. The primary challenge of this project was to synergize modern design with the 150-year-old campus. Our solution reinterprets vernacular forms and materials to create a building that complements an established aesthetic while positioning itself in the 21st century.
Wier Boerner Allin architects designed a concept that created a strong visual presence on campus, facing the campus’s academic heart, while allowing vehicular access for program attendees. The design concept features both seminary space and a programs center, centering on a multistory living room that doubles as prefunction space for the 200-seat auditorium.
Babalu Tapas and Tacos
WIER BOERNER ALLIN Architecture has had the privilege of designing Babalu restaurants since the original Jackson-based location, to the expansion of an additional four restaurants. Our firm has partnered closely with the team at Eat Here Brands to establish and replicate the Babalu brand. While each of the five locations has a unique personality, finishes such as reclaimed wood, concrete counter tops and urethane cement flooring as well as a Babalu-specific color palette have been used in each restaurant to create the brand’s recognizable aesthetic. The kitchen has a layout unique to Babalu which includes a platform designed to hold mechanical systems while providing additional storage.
Dr. Richard Simpson hired Wier Boerner Allin to develop a contemporary and inviting new office and clinic space for his orthodontics practice in Flowood, Mississippi. The project included 4,500 square feet for Dr. Simpson’s practice and 2,000 square feet of additional leaseable space. The design features modern interpretations of vernacular architectural forms and traditional building materials, providing an open and welcoming place for both new and existing clients.