Our prayers and hearts go out to those in both Texas and Florida who are affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma as they work to recover from this tragic event. Located along the Gulf Coast, White-Spunner Construction is all too familiar with the devastating aftermath this kind of storms can cause. However, what happened due to Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma has left many of our staff dumbfounded at the amount of destruction—as it’s often forgotten just how powerful and ruthless nature can be until we’re face-to-face with the aftermath that follows. To the families who have experienced the loss of your home, possessions, loved ones, or all we send out a special prayer in this time of need and have rallied together to give a helping hand.
In addition to the individual efforts of our employees, White-Spunner Construction has made a $10,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with hurricane relief efforts for both Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma. Both of these hit us on a personal level, as White-Spunner Construction has actively contributed and done construction in Houston, TX, multiple times as well as various places around Florida with local businesses in the area.
If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross Hurricane Relief Fund, please CLICK HERE. However, if you’re a fan of snail mail this link also contains the address that you can send a check donation to. If either of these don’t appeal to you, there’s always to opinion to donate by dialing their phone—1-800-HELP NOW—or you can visit your local Red Cross Headquarters today. Together we can help ease the worry of those affected by Hurricane Harvey and Hurricane Irma, and help give those affected the supplies they need to get through this troubling time.
White-Spunner Construction is pleased to welcome Cynthia “Cindy” Stinson as the newest addition to our team as our Executive Administrator! Though originally from Mobile, AL, Cindy has been living in Georgia for the past 15 years with her husband Dean—who originally hails from the area. Both have recently moved here and together they have two beautiful daughters.
The youngest is Ryann, a freshman at Georgia College. The oldest is Hunter, a senior at the University of Alabama. Roll Tide! Cindy will be joining our family as John White-Spunner’s Assistant, and helping to keep all of us here at White-Spunner in the know and in line with John’s schedule.
Welcome to the team Cindy!
It is no secret that everyone is pumped for the solar eclipse on August 21st, 2017. But, why is this event so special? Because unlike a partial, a annular, or a lunar eclipse, this year we will be able to view a total solar eclipse that stretches from coast to coast on U.S. soil. The last time such an event happened was February 26, 1979—over 38 years ago. Such an event is very rare and beautiful!
However, there’s no lack of questions that come about as the solar eclipse event draws closer by the day. Some are silly, some are based in myth, and some come from genuine curiosity. Below are the top five questions about the solar eclipse answered, with sources linked at the bottom.
1. How Long does the Total Solar Eclipse Last?
The solar eclipse is estimated to last 2 minutes and 40 seconds. Though, this is just estimated. The closer towards the center line you are the better of a chance you have to take in this event. However, no one can say for sure right-on-the-dot when the solar eclipse will happen. Just that it will happen. Meaning, it would be best to get to your solar eclipse viewing spot early! Some of you might be thinking, “That’s it? I’m not going to waste my time with that!” That’s fine, but you’ll be missing an event that not only blocks out the sun, but makes nature itself get turned on its head.
2. What Happens during the Total Solar Eclipse?
Your location plays a big part in everything in the total solar eclipse, but it is common for where you stand to resemble twilight once the sun is completely covered by the moon. The birds and animals may go silent as they believe night the day has suddenly turned to night. The temperature will usually drop 10°–15° F in degree, and the brightest planets and stars will come out to shine. For a few seconds white flares will dance around the solar eclipse. The moon making it look like a black hole against the much lighter sky. Then, it will be over and won’t return for some time.
3. Will I go Blind if I look at the Total Solar Eclipse?
No, but it is not recommended to look at it without some sort of eye protection. Remember how the sun hurts your eyes, and can sometimes cause eye damage if you look at it for too long? The same reasoning applies to the total solar eclipse. Even though the sun is covered, it is still the sun and super bright. Your eyes are one of the most delicate parts of your body, and can easily burn before you even notice.
That being said, never, never, never look at the sun through a telescope! Exactly like how a magnifying glass can turn into a small focused point hot enough to burn leaves, this can happen to your eye. Worst part? You won’t even know it is happening because the inside of our eyes lack pain sensors!
Please click here for information on how to view the total solar eclipse safely.
4.Where is the Center Line for the Total Solar Eclipse?
The center line will stretch from Oregon to South Carolina. Here is a list of the ‘hot-spots’ along the center line:
Madras, Oregon................................................Around 10:20 a.m. PDT
Snake River Valley, Idaho.................................Around 11:30 a.m. MDT
Casper, Wyoming..............................................Around 11:40 a.m. MDT
Sandhills of Western Nebraska..........................Around 11:50 a.m. MDT
St. Joseph, Missouri.............................................Around 1:00 p.m. CDT
Carbondale, Illinois............................................Around 1:15 p.m. CDT
Hopkinsville, Kentucky.......................................Around 1:20 p.m. CDT
Nashville, Tennessee..........................................Around 1:30 p.m. CDT
Great Smoky Mountains National Park...........Around 2:40 p.m. EDT
Columbia, South Carolina................................Around 2:40 p.m. EDT
5. When will the next Total Solar Eclipse Happen?
The next total solar eclipse that spans across the U.S. will take place April 8th, 2024—seven years in the future. While not far away, the next one after that won’t appear for some time. Making August 21st, 2017, the best bet to make sure you don’t miss your chance to witness this magical occurrence.
This week is National Women in Construction Week, and it is designed to increase the visibility of women working in the construction industry. It also aims to raise awareness of the opportunities available for women and to emphasize the growing role of women in the industry.
White-Spunner would like to celebrate our own team of amazing women who help keep the work running everyday!
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
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank everyone who joined us on Tuesday, November 15 for our 35th Anniversary Celebration!
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.”
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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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.