December 1st,2016
BUILDING BOOM: White-Spunner Construction Adds Thirteen National Retail Projects Worth $85 Million in 12 Months

MOBILE, AL (December 1, 2016) - In the past 12 months, Mobile, Ala-based White-Spunner Construction Inc. (WSC) initiated projects or won bids on at least 13 national retail accounts across the southern U.S. totaling $85 million.

While much of the new retail work is taking place outside coastal Alabama, the names of the clients are easy to recognize and include: Academy Sports+Outdoors, Dave & Busters, The Home Depot, The Fresh Market, and Nordstrom Rack. The projects span much of the Southeast: Texas, Louisiana, South Carolina, Florida, Mississippi and North Carolina.

A leading contractor on the Gulf Coast and ranked 14th largest general contractor in Alabama by Business Alabama, White-Spunner Construction marks 35 years in business in 2016 with plans for further expansion into burgeoning retail markets including Texas and the Carolinas.

"We have enjoyed working with White-Spunner Construction on various furniture showroom projects in multiple states over the past several years and have been pleased with their performance on these challenging retail projects,” said Harmon H. Jones, senior vice president of construction for Rooms To Go. “They also completed an 875,000 square-foot distribution center for us on schedule and within our budget in Pearl River, LA. This was a huge undertaking requiring movement of more than half a million cubic yards of dirt for the 62-acre site. The White-Spunner team worked with us every step of the way, offering and implementing realistic solutions when challenges came up. We look forward to more opportunities to work together in the future."

More than three decades of experience in the construction industry has taught WSC leaders to successfully navigate the varied cultures of clients they serve and adapt accordingly. “We try to always be proactive and stay engaged in each project,” said Jeff Carrico, Chief Operating Officer at White-Spunner Construction. “It’s about knowing the issues, suggesting solutions and finding your way to finishing on-time.” 

Completing projects on time and within a set budget is crucial in retail construction. Every day a store is late to open affects its bottom line. “There’s a saying, ‘It doesn’t rain on retail sites,’” said Chris Carruth, White-Spunner Construction's new vice president who hails from Texas. “Construction can be complex and the process is often challenging. You have to figure it out.”

White-Spunner Construction has completed thousands of national retail projects in at least 27 states since 1981, providing general contracting and construction management services to a variety of clients, including many Fortune 500 companies such as The Home Depot, Lowe's, Publix, Target and more. In 35 years, WSC -- an employee-owned business with headquarters in Mobile, Ala. -- has completed more than $2.4 billion in total construction value, building an average annual volume of $73.5 million in projects during the last five years.  Of the total construction value over the life of the company, more than $1.25 billion has come from retail projects.

While WSC is known for meeting and exceeding its client's needs, the business has been recognized repeatedly for its excellent safety record, recording 2.45 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. In 2016, the Associated Builders and Contractors recognized White-Spunner Construction, Inc. with its "Safest in the Industry Gold Award" and "Platinum Level STEP Award."

In 35 years, White-Spunner Construction -- an employee-owned business with headquarters in Mobile, Ala. -- has completed more than $2.4 billion in total construction value.  Of the total construction value over the life of the company, more than $1.25 billion has come from retail projects.

2016 Select National Retailers working with White-Spunner Construction Inc

1. Academy Sports+Outdoors

2. Dave & Busters

3. Nordstrom Rack

4. The Fresh Market

5. The Home Depot


November 21st,2016
WSC 35th Anniversary Celebration

White-Spunner Construction would like to thank everyone who joined us on Tuesday, November 15 for our 35th Anniversary Celebration! 


November 3rd,2016
MADE IN MOBILE: White-Spunner Construction Inc. Marks 35 Years in Business with Plans for Westward Expansion

MOBILE, AL (November 3, 2016) - White-Spunner Construction Inc. (WSC), a general contracting, design-build and construction management company ranked 14th largest general contractor in the state by Business Alabama, marks 35 years in business this year with plans for westward expansion into Texas.

To date, the company has completed thousands of projects in 27 states worth more than $2.4 billion in total construction value, building an average annual volume of $73.5 million in projects during the last five years. Headquartered in Mobile, Ala., White-Spunner Construction has been named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama in 2016, was the recipient of two safety awards from Associated Builders and Contractors and awarded 13 retail projects for clients across the Southeast so far this year.

President and CEO John White-Spunner founded White-Spunner Construction in 1981 during a recession, successfully leading his team through uncertain economic times by focusing on relationships, competitive pricing and superior finished products to customers, including many Fortune 500 companies. "We learned what worked and what didn't," White-Spunner said. "What didn't work was taking on debt and overextending. You have to run your business to be ready to take on a downturn which takes restraint and a lot of energy communicating to younger people who haven't been through it." White-Spunner, now 61, became president of WSC at age 24, just a few years after earning a degree in building construction from Auburn University. He made sure the business was licensed in several states in the early 1980s, and began construction on grocery stores and steakhouses that took the Alabama firm across the U.S.

WSC is involved in completing projects in a variety of market segments including everything from nearly a one million-square-foot distribution center to 10,000-square-foot restaurants. Repeat customers include The Home Depot, who has contracted with White-Spunner on more than 350 new construction and renovation projects. Other clients spanning health care, multi-family, education and government segments include Academy Sports+Outdoors, The Fresh Market, Dave & Busters, University of South Alabama, Infirmary Health, Auburn University, Retirement Systems of Alabama and Rooms to Go Distribution Center.

Chief Operating Officer Jeff Carrico said the WSC team often works with repeat clients because of the strength of the relationships they have developed through the years. “We are good at adapting and anticipating instead of reacting,” Carrico said. “It’s part of our culture. We teach our managers to identify challenges and offer solutions. We take ownership. I think that makes a difference.”   

The decision to seek more opportunities in Texas is rooted in the state's dramatic population growth in its largest cities and a booming construction industry that shows no signs of slowing down. "We'll continue to serve clients with the same passion as we do in our Mobile, Ala. office," said Chris Carruth, White-Spunner Construction vice president for business development. "We are well-positioned to take care of the Texas retail markets while continuing work in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Louisiana and the Carolinas."

White-Spunner Construction has been recognized repeatedly for its excellent safety record, recording 2.45 million man-hours without a lost-time incident. In recent months, WSC was honored by the Associated Builders and Contractors with the 2016 Safest in the Industry Gold Award and the 2016 Platinum Level STEP Award.

Early on, John White-Spunner said he paid close attention to how his clients ran their businesses, noting what worked well for the leaders of more seasoned firms. "We were blessed to work with a large petroleum company that really taught us about safety and keeping it as a top priority," he said. "It's a lesson we have taken to heart."

White-Spunner continued by saying that he also has been influenced by his father, Blacksher White-Spunner, who is nearing his 90th birthday and still heads into the office each day at White-Spunner Realty. Community involvement is encouraged at WSC, and begins at the top. “Nobody is taking anything with them,” John White-Spunner said. “It’s what you do while you are here that matters.”


October 13th,2016
White-Spunner CEO featured on Lagniappe Real Deal Podcast

WSC's President and CEO, John White-Spunner, joined the Lagniappe's Real Deal with Ron Sivak to discuss the current state of Mobile's skilled workforce and the urgent need to educate students on the value of learning a trade and the many career options available in the construction industry. Check out his interview below:  

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September 29th,2016
White-Spunner Construction Wins $4.2 Million Bid to Expand The Birth Center at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope, AL

MOBILE, Ala. (September 29, 2016) -- White-Spunner Construction Inc. (WSC) a leading contractor in the Southeast and ranked 19th largest general contractor in Alabama in 2015 by Business Alabama, recently won a competitive bid to expand The Birth Center at Thomas Hospital in Fairhope.

The $4.2 million construction project will increase the size of the hospital’s birth center from 18,000 square feet to more than 29,000 square feet. Upon completion, the center will feature seven rooms for labor, delivery and recovery and 15 postpartum rooms. The fourth-floor expansion and renovation also will add a second operating room, enlarging the nursery, updating several nurse stations, as well as family gathering areas, a staff lounge, professional offices and other support rooms.

More than 1,200 babies a year are being delivered at Thomas Hospital in a unit that is reaching capacity, said Ormand Thompson, president of Thomas Hospital.

"White-Spunner’s reputation is unparalleled in our area," Thompson said. "They are invested in this community. We are confident they will do an outstanding job and provide the type of facility designed to exceed our patients’ expectations.”   

 With a long history of bringing in health care projects on time and in budget, WSC has successfully completed dozens of projects for hospitals, state laboratories and private physicians in Alabama and Mississippi. In fact, the collaboration with Infirmary Health spans more than two decades.

Craig E. Blackburn, a senior project manager at WSC, said he’s looking forward to making The Birth Center at Thomas Hospital ready to meet the needs of a growing population on the Eastern Shore.

"It's great to be able to work with the hospital again," Blackburn said. "When you are dealing with something as crucial as health care, it's exciting to have the opportunity to deliver a state-of-the-art setting for families going through such a special time of life. We feel honored to have
been chosen for this project."

Baldwin County remains one of the fastest-growing counties in the nation with no slowdown expected to the population boom it has been experiencing for more than a decade. Because of that, the Thomas Hospital Foundation and local community have been working on a capital campaign and has successfully raised $6 million out of the total project price of $9.5 million to fund The Birth Center expansion. The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation recently made over a pledge to contribute over a million dollars to the effort.

“The residents of our community depend on Thomas Hospital and need the Birth Center to grow as the population increases,” said Lee Turner, President of the Fairhope Single Tax Corporation. “The Fairhope Single Tax Corporation wants to support our community by helping Thomas Hospital grow.”

The architectural firm selected for the Thomas Hospital expansion is Evan Terry Associates, LLC. Neil King is the project architect. The Birth Center Project is set to be completed in May 2017. 

L-R: Jeana Barnes, Thomas Hospital Foundation; Ormand Thompson, President, Thomas Hospital; Linda Lou Parsons with Roberts Brothers, representing Polo at the Point this particular day; Vicki Curtis, Thomas Hospital Birth Center; Dawn Pilot, representing Polo at the Point; Julie Rowell, Director of Nursing at Thomas Hospital. 


September 8th,2016
White-Spunner Construction Recognized for High-Level Safety Program

MOBILE, AL (September 8, 2016) ­­ White-­Spunner Construction Inc. (WSC), a leading contractor in the Southeast and ranked 19th largest general contractor in Alabama in 2015 by Business  Alabama,  recently received two high level safety awards continuing its long tradition as a leader in workplace safety in Alabama and the region. The awards recognize companies who have developed and implemented a safety culture through management commitment, employee involvement, and program innovation.

“It’s an honor to be recognized for our continued commitment to safety,” said John White-­Spunner, President, and CEO of White­Spunner Construction. “We value the health and safety each person involved in our projects, and recognize that well-­informed, conscientious employees are a benefit to the entire organization.”

 The most recent awards from Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) include:

  • 2016 Safest in the Industry Gold Award
  • 2016 Platinum Level STEP Award

For years, the Mobile, AL-­based company, whose services include general contracting, build-to-suit, design-build, and construction management, has maintained an excellent safety record. In 2015, more than 175,000 hours were worked without a lost-­time incident, bringing the company's overall total to 2.425 million consecutive safe hours worked year-­to­-date.

For more than two years, White-­Spunner Construction’s Safety Director, Ross Moyer, has played a key role in ensuring employees and subcontractors know the importance of maintaining proper precautionary measures.

“We educate and encourage our employees on ways to remain safe and healthy, not just on the job, but outside of work while at home with their families,” he said. “Utilizing technology, new inspection techniques, and innovative new ideas, we’ve been able to take the next step with our safety program. The real driving force has been the employees of White-Spunner Construction and their true dedication to the culture of safety that we have developed. Our company maintains an excellent safety record and that’s something we can all be proud of.” 

 John White-­Spunner said his company’s strong commitment to safety led White-Spunner Construction to hire Moyer, who holds a degree in environmental, health and safety management. “With Ross on board, our culture of safety has expanded as evidenced by the numerous awards we receive and the number of safe hours worked,” he said. “Ross is among the youngest professionals to be named Safety Director of the Year by the AGC Mobile Chapter in 2014.”

White­-Spunner Construction has a 35­-year history of meeting the highest workplace safety standards. Since 1981, the company has completed more than $2.4 billion in total construction value, building an average annual volume of $73.5 million in projects during the last five years. The company generated $61.4 million in total construction value in 2015.

“The old saying is, 'It’s not personal, it’s just business,’” Moyer said. “We like to say safety is not just business, it is personal. It doesn’t matter how many safety awards you have earned if everyone isn’t able to go home at the end of the day.” 


September 6th,2016
WSC Completes $1.86 Million Community Bank Branch

White-Spunner Construction is pleased to announce the completion of a second Community Bank in Mobile, Alabama, located at 6587 Airport Boulevard in west Mobile. The first day of business for the new branch was Monday, August 15 with a grand opening celebration event set for Wednesday, September 7 at 9 AM. Refreshments and special giveaways will be provided. The media, city officials and general community are invited to attend. 

Based in Mobile, White-Spunner Construction (WSC) served as general contractor on this $1.86 million new construction project. The 7,200-square-foot branch includes office space, a large lobby, customer lounge, conference area, vault, safe deposit box services, drive-thru teller service, a 24/7 drive-thru ATM, and night depository. CB Express is a lobby kiosk that allows customers to conduct their transactions quickly at the touch of a button. Also in the lobby is a set of "tech bars" equipped with iPads and Mac computers allowing customers to demo online and CB2GO mobile banking products. 

The single-story building was constructed of structural metal studs and steel framing and features brick and stucco exteriors with decorative parapet elements. It was designed with energy saving technologies, such as LED lighting and advanced heating and cooling systems. Artwork from local artists, high-resolution video screens and upscale décor add to the modern feel of the office.  The architect on the project was Jarrid Cecil, Eley Guild Hardy Architects from Biloxi, Mississippi. 

Ryan Puckett, Principal Designer, Community Bancshares of Mississippi, said the process of building the new location with WSC was a positive experience for the Gulf Coast company, noting the branch was able to open on time and on budget. Puckett said customers may notice the latest technology inside the new branch, but added face­to­face interactions will continue. “Our culture will remain as a community bank,” Puckett said. “Our customers are like family and our employees value and respect what each client brings to our company.”

During the September 7 open house at the new branch in Mobile, customers and guests can register for a number of giveaways including a 55-inch Samsung Smart TV, an iPad, Kindle Fire, Apple TV or Apple Watch. Registration is open now and ends on October 9 at 5 p.m.. Residents of Mobile or Baldwin County may register to win in the office or online at CommunityBank.net/Mobile.

“The individuals in charge of Construction (for Community Bank) Jim White and Ryan Puckett are a pleasure to work with and make the process streamlined. We are glad we can provide a quality product for an exceptional client. This new location will afford the bank a premier location and excellent visibility,” said WSC senior project manager Joshua Dindo.

In 2014, White­-Spunner served as general contractor for the construction of the 13,000­square­foot Community Bank area headquarters on the I­65 Service Road in Mobile that serves as the administrative hub for the bank’s activities in the metro area. That multi­million dollar project site was completed a month ahead of schedule. It features state-of-the-art office space, a video conference room and a large multi­purpose area for client seminars. Community Bank opened its first office in the Mobile area in 2007, and continues to expand along the Gulf Coast. Other area locations include Daphne and Fairhope.

Since 1981, White-­Spunner Construction has completed $2.4 billion in total construction value, building an annual average volume of $73 million in projects during the past five years, company officials said.

 


August 26th,2016
Built for the Future: White-Spunner Construction Completes $22 Million State-of-the-Art Citronelle High School for Alabama\'s Largest Public School System

Mobile, AL (August 26, 2016) - White-Spunner Construction, a leading contractor in the Southeast and ranked 19th largest general contractor in Alabama in 2015 by Business Alabama, has completed the new 97,000-square-foot Citronelle High School for Alabama’s largest public school system on time and in budget. More than 800 students in grades nine through 12 began classes in the new school on Aug. 10, 2016.

In late 2014, White-Spunner Construction won the bid for general contractor with a $22 million proposal. Ground was broken in January 2015 on the two-story building across the street from the existing high school on a 13-acre site. The project is one of several included in the Mobile County Public School's plan to complete $100 million in school construction during the next two years.

Citronelle’s new North Campus consists of a new cafeteria and dining area, an expansive media center and library, and an auditorium complete with a performance stage and theater lights. The high school accommodates 37 high-tech classrooms, each equipped with SMART Board technology, plus fully functional chemistry and biology labs.

"It has been a breath of fresh air to work with White-Spunner Construction on Citronelle High School," said Tommy Sheffield, Executive Manager of Operations for Mobile County Public Schools. "It's been more than a working relationship. It has been a partnership. They have been fair and very helpful through every step of the project." 

Sheffield said the new Citronelle High School, which includes a career academy focusing on manufacturing, industry, and technology, has quickly become the focal point of the town. "The school is our flagship," he said. "When schools like this are built new businesses tend to grow up around them. And everyone wants to send their children to a brand new school. It's awesome."

The new high school incorporates a traditional design with brick veneer, as well as a steel frame cupola on the roof structure. Its modern interior includes cost-saving features such as an energy-efficient, sensor-based lighting control system and large, expansive windows offering an abundance of natural light.

A second phase of the project will include demolition and renovation of the original school, said WSC Senior Project Manager Brandon Miller. "Our team will also renovate approximately 60,000 square feet of the existing school and furnish freestanding boys and girls locker rooms," he said. "The newly renovated South Campus will serve as a vocational and technical department, and a state-of-the-art culinary facility will replace the existing cafeteria."

Miller said it's gratifying to see a school project through to completion because he knows it will have a positive impact on generations to come. "It's always exciting to be part of new technologies when it relates to developing the futures of our children."

 


August 23rd,2016
WSC Gives Back: Louisiana Flood Victims

Everyone here at WSC is continuing to pray for the thousands of people who were impacted by the disastrous flooding that took place last week in Louisiana. Many of us have family members or friends that were affected by this terrible situation, and we also have several employees currently living and working in Louisiana who have experienced the devastation first-hand. 

The picture below - taken by WSC Civil Operations Manager Jamie Montgomery - shows a flooded home near one of our job sites in Robert, Louisiana. 

Throughout the years, WSC has completed hundreds of projects in Louisiana. We've built many strong relationships with the people in these communities, and we want to do all we can support our friends and neighbors in their time of need. Our employees currently working near these flooded areas have been volunteering and doing whatever they can to lend assistance to the recovery efforts. In addition to these individual efforts, White-Spunner Construction is sending backpacks packed with supplies for those in need.

Our company has also made a $5,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, so far the Red Cross has served more than 260,000 meals and snacks, distributed more than 60,000 relief items, and provided more than 40,000 overnight stays in emergency shelters. There are more than 1,900 Red Cross workers from all 50 states, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico supporting the relief effort, along with hundreds of local residents. However, the organization is still in dire need of donations, supplies and volunteers. Find out how you can help by visiting redcross.org or calling 1-800-RED CROSS. You can also text the word representatives to 90999 to make a $10 donation. 

Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Stephenson (middle) and Courtney Allen (right) presented a check for $5,000 to Linda Lewis at the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter. These funds will be used to provide food, shelter and assistance to thousands of flood victims in Louisiana. 


August 9th,2016
White-Spunner Construction named one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama

White-Spunner Construction (WSC) was recently named as one of the 2016 Best Companies to Work for in Alabama by Business Alabama and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the economy, workforce and businesses. WSC is one of 16 firms that received the honor of being named to this year's list of Best Companies to Work for in Alabama. 

Founded in 1981, the team at WSC is currently celebrating their 35th year in business and their second year to be named to this list. The company was recognized as the fourth Best Company to Work for in Alabama among small-to-medium firms back in 2012. 

To compete for this honor, eligible companies from across the state are evaluated based on company culture, workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics, as well as the results of an employee survey measuring the employee experience. In addition to being recognized as a great place to work, participating companies also receive a feedback report from Best Companies Group based on the results of the employee survey. 

"We saw a great response rate from the survey, and we believe our employees were able to capture the true culture and spirit of our company in their feedback," says John White-Spunner, President and CEO. "The success of our company is defined by our collaborative culture and dedicated workforce. Our greatest strength is our employees - they are passionate about what they do, and they share the same values and commitment to excellence our company was founded on." 

In turn, WSC is committed to the individual success, health and well-being of its team by offering a generous and comprehensive benefits package, as well as state-of-the-art corporate facilities with an on-site fitness center, corporate health and wellness initiatives, team building and stress management activities, continuing education and tuition reimbursement, in-house training, and individual career pathing plans. 

"We take great pride in the work we do for our clients, as well as our commitment to our employees and the community. Throughout the years, our company has worked to become not just a great place to work, but a place for our employees to call home," White-Spunner says. "As a family, we collectively celebrate individual successes, both personal and professional. We build each other up during hard times, and we hold each other accountable in our daily actions. Our aim is to create a working environment where each employee feels appreciated as a valued member of our team." 

Click here to read the article in Business Alabama with the full list of this year's winners. For more information on the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama program, visit www.BestCompaniesAL.com