A grand opening ceremony was held on Tuesday, November 24 for The Deaconess apartments located at 2535 Esplanade Avenue in New Orleans. This 40-unit complex is the fifth project White-Spunner Construction has completed 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. The development is a renovation of the former Bethany Nursing Home, which had been left vacant since Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005. The complex consists of 20 permanent supportive housing units and 20 affordable rental units offering quality housing for disabled, homeless and low-income individuals in the area.
WSC is honored and thankful for the opportunity to work with the first class team at GCHP to improve communities along the Gulf Coast. We look forward to continuing our partnership with GCHP and extend to them our sincere wishes for ongoing success in the years to come.
While residents in South Carolina are working to recover and rebuild after the historic flooding that took place earlier this month, everyone at WSC is continuing to pray for those without homes, those who lost loved ones and all other victims affected by this disaster. Located on the Gulf Coast, WSC is all too familiar with this type of devastation and the long road to recovery the people of South Carolina are facing now. This tragedy also hits a little closer to home for us as we have employees currently living and working in South Carolina, as well as a project currently in progress in Columbia. Of course, the damage we have experienced has been very minimal compared to the thousands of people, families and businesses that have been affected by this terrible situation.
In the time we've spent working in South Carolina, our company has built excellent relationships with the local municipalities and other businesses in the area, and we want to do all we can to be good neighbors and support our friends in need. Some of our employees living in South Carolina and experiencing the devastation first-hand have been volunteering with their families and others in the area by helping move families, bringing food, repairing homes and doing whatever they can to lend assistance. They have also called on our employees here in Mobile to help in any way they can by donating money, food, water, materials, tools, etc.
In addition to the individual efforts of our employees, White-Spunner Construction is making a $2,000 donation to the American Red Cross to assist with disaster relief efforts. According to the organization's website, the Red Cross has mobilized more than 800 workers, 56 response vehicles and shelter supplies for 5,000 people since the floods began. If you would like to make a donation to the Red Cross Disaster Relief Fund, please visit www.redcross.org/donate/weather.
Pictured below: WSC representatives Amy Anderson (left) and Jamie Montgomery (right) presented a check for $2,000 to Linda Crowell, Major Gift Officer for the American Red Cross South Alabama Chapter.
The Fresh Market held a grand opening of its new store in Tuscaloosa, Alabama on Wednesday, August 12. This location is the second project White-Spunner Construction has completed for The Fresh Market following the remodel of the Mobile store on Airport Boulevard.
To read more about the store's grand opening, check out the following article published on AL.com:
From multifamily developments to institutional buildings, manufacturing and processing facilities, shopping centers to health care and even its own headquarters in Mobile, White-Spunner is leading by example, setting the standard in green design and practices.
The 2015 WSR Fishing Day was a great success! White-Spunner Realty sponsors this event each year for the Boys & Girls Club of South Alabama. This year's event was held Saturday, June 20 at Weeks Bay Reserve. WSC would like to thank Brandon Miller, Josh Dindo, Thomas Cotton, Joey Rice and Todd Amos for volunteering their time to help with this event!
WSC would like to welcome Todd Amos to our team. Todd is interning with us this summer as a project/estimating assistant.
Todd grew up in Mobile where he attended McGill Toolen High School. He is currently studying Building Science at Auburn University and will graduate in May 2016. Upon graduation, Todd plans to pursue a career in construction management. His hobbies include hunting, fishing, mechanics and restorations.
This spring season has been a busy time for all of us here at White-Spunner Construction. Not only is our project list growing, but we have also been blessed with opportunities to continue giving back to our community.
WSC was a participant in Government Street Christian School's Career Day on Friday, April 24th. A few of our employees volunteered their time to speak to the 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at the school about potential careers in the construction industry. The students were able to interact by asking questions and viewing examples of some well-known projects we have completed in the Mobile area. They were also given the opportunity to try on safety gear such as harnesses, hard hats, glasses, gloves and vests.
WSC was also honored to help fund the AIA Mobile Chapter's Service Project for Victory Teaching Farm in midtown Mobile. Originally scheduled to take place April 18, the workday for this project was rescheduled for Saturday, April 25 which caused a lower turnout than expected. However, the project was still a huge success as the crew was able to help with 3 large raise beds and two potting tables, set two outdoor veggie sinks and lay 162 concrete pavers - all of which was completed in about five hours!
White-Spunner Construction would like to thank Government Street Christian School and the AIA Mobile Chapter for giving us the opportunity to teach kids about careers in the construction industry and for allowing us to help out with construction needs for a local nonprofit organization in our community!
White-Spunner Construction is participating in OSHA's second annual Stand Down for Fall Prevention May 4th-15th. Falls are the number one cause of fatalities in the construction industry and have been for many years. They account for roughly 300 deaths per year, all of which were preventable. This year, the goal of the Stand Down is to reach out and inform more than 3 million workers nationwide. At WSC, we will be doing our part to help reach this goal by hosting a stand-down on each of our jobsites and educating approximately 250 workers in the Southeast.
(Pictured: WSC's first stand-down was held Tuesday, May 5 at a jobsite in downtown Mobile.)
For more information about OSHA's Stand Down for Fall Prevention, visit www.osha.gov/StopFallsStandDown/.
White-Spunner Construction, Inc. was recently presented with three awards at the 2015 ABC Alabama Safe Day Awards luncheon held Friday, April 17th. The annual ceremony recognizes companies in the construction industry with outstanding corporate safety and health plans and exhibit superior safety initiatives. The company received a Safest in the Industry Silver Award, as well as a Gold Level STEP (Safety Training and Evaluation Process) Award in recognition of achievement and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program. The company was also awarded the Fleet Safety Award, presented by the ABC Alabama Chapter and Enterprise Fleet Management, in recognition of its Fleet Safety Program and ongoing efforts in the development of a quality safety program.
Since the start of our company, safety has always been and will remain our top priority. We are committed to continuously working to maintain and improve our safety culture, and these awards are a direct testament to the hard work and dedication of our employees in keeping our company and those we work with safe at all times.
This week (March 23-27) is National Work Zone Safety Awareness Week. Alabama Struck-By Alliance will be using this week to publicize potential dangers to workers and motorists in highway work zones and is asking that companies throughout Alabama participate in a "Safety Stand Down" focusing on work zone safety by hosting a tool box talk anytime during the week. The theme for this year's National campaign is "Expect the Unexpected."
White-Spunner Construction has pledged to take part in this year's Safety Stand Down and will be holding mandatory tool box talks to discuss work zone safety and distracted driving at all our job sites. Although we aren't road builders, our company does plenty of work next to roadways, we have friends or family that work for road building companies, and all of us frequently drive through areas of road work. The men and women working in these areas are mothers, fathers, sons or daughters and deserve the respect from all of us to slow down and help keep them safe.
However, it's not just the workers in these road work zones that we need to protect. From 2004-2013, there were more than 5,500 work zone crashes in Alabama resulting in injuries and 232 fatal crashes. Four out of five fatalities in work zone accidents are drivers and passengers. Distracted driving is one of the leading causes of these crashes, and the three main types of distractions are visual (taking your eyes off the road), manual (taking your hands off the wheel) or cognitive (not paying attention to what you're doing). While all distractions can endanger drivers and others, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distractions (visual, manual and cognitive).
Some tips to remember while driving through a work zone include: