White-Spunner Construction has been at the forefront of sustainable construction for many years. As an industry, it is our job to take the extra step toward creating a cleaner, healthier environment for future generations. Green buildings yield numerous benefits, not only in terms of cost savings through reduced water and energy consumption, but also through conservation and restoration of natural resources, improved air and water quality, and enhanced comfort and health of occupants. While the most significant benefits are obtained by integrating techniques throughout the entire construction process, green features can be incorporated into a building at any stage. Sustainability is an investment, which is why more building owners have come to rely on construction firms with knowledge and experience in green building practices. At White-Spunner Construction, we have the leadership, expertise and resourcefulness to meet and exceed our clients' standards for sustainability.
Developed by the U.S. Green Building Council, LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) is a green building certification program for the design, construction, operation and maintenance of green buildings, homes and neighborhoods. LEED certified buildings promote clean, renewable energy, are cost-efficient and have a positive impact on the health of occupants. As building owners and construction industry leaders have come to realize, green design is not only good for the environment but also for business. White-Spunner Construction has been an early advocate of sustainable practices, building some of the first LEED certified buildings along the Gulf Coast.
Our flagship LEED project was our own corporate headquarters, which received Silver-level certification from the USGBC and became the first LEED certified building in southern Alabama. The 40,000-square-foot, 2-story building so far has reduced water consumption and increased ventilation by 40 percent, reduced energy consumption by 28 percent, and optimized energy performance by 35 percent. Specifically, the headquarters boasts LEED features such as an open floor plan, numerous skylights, heat-sensitve lighting, water-efficient systems and large, tinted windows. The structure also features a fully reflective roof, zero light pollution and a full energy management system inside the building with motion detectors for lighting and timers for both the lighting and air conditioning. Almost 70 percent recycled content was used during construction, as well as low volatile organic compounds and certified woods.
In addition to our company headquarters, other LEED projects built by White-Spunner Construction include:
The Muses, a 263-unit mixed-use apartment complex in New Orleans, was the first LEED certified apartment building in the state of Louisiana.
This LEED Gold certified, state-of-the-art Seafood Waste Processing Plant for the Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Cooperative in Bayou La Batre, Alabama recycles 5,900 tons of shrimp and crab waste annually and is one of the only LEED certified industrial sites in the state.
Memorial Hall, the 54,000-square-foot student business and instructional services center at Faulkner Community College in Bay Minette, Alabama, includes LEED features such as a large, roof-panoramic skylight channeled to both floors, water-conserving fixtures, and the recycling of about 74 percent of construction wastes.
Enterprise Green Communities provides funding and technical expertise to help build, rehabilitate and operate healthier, more efficient homes. By developing the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria - the first green building framework to address the unique needs of the affordable housing sector - this organization works to bring the improved health, economical and environmental benefits of sustainable construction practices to low-income families. The Enterprise Green Communities Criteria are grouped into eight categories: integration and design, location and neighborhood fabric, site improvements, water conservation, energy efficiency, materials beneficial to the environment, healthy living environment, and operations and maintenance. Since its inception in 2004, Enterprise Green Communities has supported 550 organizations across the country, created and rehabilitated 38,000 homes, and has invested more than $2 billion in the development and preservation of healthy, green affordable homes.
White-Spunner Construction recently completed our fourth project in compliance with the Enterprise Green Communities Criteria for Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, a real estate development company dedicated to revitalizing the Gulf Coast by creating high-quality communities that are safe, healthy, sustainable and affordable. These projects include:
The Harrell Building/King Rampart Apartments: The mixed-use development incorporates 20,000 square feet of office and retail space with 70 apartment units and parking for mixed-income seniors.
McCaleb Residences: This rental housing initiatve consists of 43 apartment units, 21 of which are designated as permanent supportive housing for the homeless.
The Delamore - Located just one mile from the French Quarter in New Orleans, this 26-unit apartment complex features six units built specifically for individuals with special needs.
The Deaconess - Recently completed in the fall of 2015, this development consists of 40 efficiency units and was a renovation of the former Bethany Nursing Home in New Orleans, which had been left vacant since Hurricane Katrina in 2005.