February 2nd,2015
White-Spunner Construction sponsors 2015 Green Coast Council Sustainability Summit

White-Spunner Construction was proud to help sponsor the 2015 Green Coast Council Sustainability Summit held on Friday, January 30 at the University of South Alabama. The Summit included several presentations about sustainability trends, current efforts here on the Gulf Coast and goals for the future, as well as panel discussions and a tour of the University's College of Engineering. 

The Executive Director of the Alabama Gulf Coast Recovery Council, Eliska Morgan, was the speaker for the opening session and provided updates about the Gulf Coast oil spill recovery efforts and funding. Other sessions in this year's Summit included: 

  • The Living Building Challenge: Creating Projects that Operate as Cleanly, Beautifully and Efficiently as Nature's Architecture; presented by Rebecca Bryant, co-founder of WATERSHED 
  • So Right, So Smart: Making the Business Case for Sustainability; Film presented by Chris Williams, Green Coast Council Vice-Chair 
  • Building Stronger, More Resilient Homes and Communities, FORTIFIED Home and Local Code Updates; presented by Alex Cary, Insurance Institute for Business and Home Safety
  • Implementing Sustainable Business Practices Case Studies; presented by Joe McEnerney, Alabama Coastal Foundation Coastal Relations Coordinator

Summit attendees were treated to lunch, which also served as ACF's Annual Meeting, and enjoyed a presentation from keynote speaker Mona Amodeo, founder and president of idgroup. After lunch, a panel discussion was held on the role of engineering in the future of sustainability. Dr. John Steadman, Dean of USA's College of Engineering, moderated the discussion, and panelists included Dr. John Valentine with Dauphin Island Sea Lab, Michael McHugh with AlabamaSAVES, Dr. Bret Webb with the University of South Alabama and Denise King with Goodwyn, Mills and Cawood. 

Other sponsors for the Sustainability Summit included Partners for Environmental Progress, Melton Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation, Thompson Engineering, the University of South Alabama, U.S. Green Building Council's Alabama Chapter, World Omni Financial Corporation and Mobile Bay National Estuary Program. 

 


January 26th,2015
WSC Attends Groundbreaking Ceremony for New Citronelle High School

A groundbreaking ceremony was held on Thursday, January 22 to mark the beginning of construction of the new Citronelle High School. White-Spunner Construction won the bid for general contractor with a $22 million proposal last month. The new school building will be built across the street from the existing high school on a 13-acre site and is scheduled for completion in July 2016 according to the current timeline. The project is one of several included in the Mobile County Public School System's plan to complete $100 million in school construction over the next two years. 


December 30th,2014
White-Spunner Construction Wins Bid for Citronelle High School

Written by Sally Pearsall Ericson for AL.com

http://www.al.com/news/mobile/index.ssf/2014/12/mobile_county_school_board_app_3.html#incart_river

MOBILE, Alabama -- The Mobile County school board approved a $22 million bid from White-Spunner Construction to be the general contractor for the new Citronelle High School. 

Bids were opened on Dec. 16, and White-Spunner was the lowest bidder of three proposals. The project's overall budget is $25 million.

"It's exciting that we're getting a major project underway with Citronelle High School," schools Superintendent Martha Peek said after the school board's meeting on Monday. "It's exciting to know that know we have a contractor in place and that we'll be moving forward with that brand-new high school."

Construction and an official groundbreaking will take place next month. The new high school will be built across the street from the existing high school, on a 13-acre site, which is bordered by Lebaron Avenue, Highway 45 and Centre Street.

The new school is scheduled for completion in July 2016, according to the current timetable. The project is under the supervision of Hoar Program Management, the school system's project manager for $100 million in school construction projects over the next two years. 

Also on Monday, the school board approved a $1.5 million bid from Rod Cooke Construction Inc. to build a new science and technology wing at Burns Middle School in west Mobile, and approved a $5.6 million bid from Don Gordon Construction for renovations at Tanner Williams Elementary School.


December 23rd,2014
WSC gives back for Christmas

Community involvement has always been a top priority here at White-Spunner Construction. Our company and employees are dedicated to giving back to our community year-round, but at Christmas time, we like to do just a little bit extra to reach out and help those in need.

This year, WSC was proud to participate in WPMI Local 15’s “Making Spirits Bright” campaign by sponsoring the Bay Area Food Bank. By sponsoring this local food bank, we were able to help fund the distribution of food and groceries to local families in need. The Bay Area Food Bank has had almost 11 million pounds of groceries donated by local grocers this year. To see the story that aired on WPMI Local 15 News, check out the link below:

http://www.local15tv.com/community/features/making-spirits-bright/bay_area_food_bank/#.VJncKXkA

WSC was also honored to help out another local organization by donating Christmas gifts to the kids at the Ruff Wilson Youth Center in Daphne. WSC has been blessed to partner with this organization, the Executive Director Mrs. Barbara Brown and the Board of Directors for 20 years.

The Youth Center held its annual Christmas party on Friday, December 19. The students enjoyed sandwiches and cupcakes before they each got to pick out a Christmas gift from the large collection of bikes, toys, games and electronics. Mrs. Brown and White-Spunner’s CEO, John White-Spunner, had gone shopping the night before and personally picked out the selection of gifts for this year’s party.

In addition to the Christmas gifts, the students who made all A’s and B’s in school were each given a special gift, a $25 Walmart gift card, as a reward for all their hard work and dedication. About half of the students made the Honor Roll this year, which according to Mrs. Brown is about double the usual number. Mrs. Brown says she plans to get some of the organization’s board members together within the next couple of weeks to take the kids shopping to spend their gift cards. 

White-Spunner Construction is happy to give and invest in such a successful program for kids in our local community, and would like to thank the Ruff Wilson Youth Center for inviting us to celebrate Christmas with the organization and the students. We would also like to thank WPMI and the Bay Area Food Bank for allowing us to participate in this year’s “Making Spirits Bright” campaign and to help out with such a worthy cause. From all of us here at WSC, we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

 

 

 


November 26th,2014
Alabama Construction News: White-Spunner Construction 2014 General Contractor of the Year

The following article was published in the current issue of Alabama Construction News Magazine: 

White-Spunner Construction: 2014 General Contractor of the Year 
In its 30-plus years, much has changed at White-Spunner Construction. Based in Mobile, Alabama, the company has grown from a small company concentrating on local projects along the Gulf Coast to one of the largest privately held contracting firms in the Southeast managing major projects across the country. But as much as things have changed since the company was founded in 1981, the more they’ve really stayed the same. The company remains rooted in the same values as when it first began: to always meet the clients’ needs no matter what. “We do what it takes to be part of the solution,” said John White-Spunner, the company’s CEO and chairman of the board. “Safety is always first of course, but we also really focus on being on time and on budget, which are important for a client. That focus is just part of our culture.” 

That focus on quality, timing and budget is what has led White-Spunner to receive recurring business from many of its customers. In fact, the company is still working with numerous clients it had when it first began. “We’ve always focused on creating long term relationships with clients and trades and vendors and then building on them,” White-Spunner said. “Because of that we’ve traveled across the country with many of the those same clients over the years.” 

White-Spunner always hoped to start his own business, but he never dreamed he would start White-Spunner Construction quite as early on as he did. He was given the opportunity to run his own construction company when he was in his mid-20s when the owners of the company he worked for, Toinsmeire Construction, decided to quit the business. “I didn’t have a ‘Plan B’ when they decided to pursue other interests,” he explained. “The only thing I knew was construction. So fortunately, even though I was young and just kind of fell into it, I had a great team of people around me and a strong work ethic thanks to the influence of my father, Blacksher.” 

From those early days, White-Spunner has gone on to complete jobs for major corporations like Coca-Cola, Lowes and Home Depot, as well as various healthcare, commercial and retail projects. One aspect that has made the company unique is that it has actually partnered with many of its clients to invest in properties. “I think we’re involved with over 200 different people in partnerships,” White-Spunner said. “To me, that brings a different perspective to the way you look at a project because as part owner we look beyond completion to the long term benefits of the project, the operational costs and the life cycle of things like exterior finishes and even the parking lot.” 

While partnering with clients on various jobs may make the company unique, it really just speaks to what White-Spunner is all about: building relationships. “Everything is really about people,” White-Spunner said. “It’s not about the project. It’s about the relationships you build because in the end, that’s what matters.” 

White-Spunner By The Numbers 

  • 1981: Year the company was founded 
  • 20+: Number of states in which the company is licensed to work 
  • $2.3 billion: Total construction value the company completed since 1981 
  • $118 million: Average annual volume in projects over the last five years 

November 11th,2014
Honoring our Veterans

Today is Veterans Day, and White-Spunner Construction would like to thank all the men and women who have served our country in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Veterans Day was originally observed as Armistice Day, which was first proclaimed by President Woodrow Wilson on November 11, 1919 to honor those who died in World War I. In 1945, World War II veteran Raymond Weeks from Birmingham, Alabama had the idea to expand Armistice Day to celebrate all veterans, not just those who died in World War I, and he led the first National Veterans Day celebration in 1947 in Alabama. A bill establishing Armistice day as a federal holiday was passed through Congress and signed into law in 1954. Later that year, Congress amended the act, changing the name of the holiday to Veterans Day as it has been known ever since.

White-Spunner Construction would like to recognize the following employees who have served our country:

Russell Green: E-4, Sergeant; served in U.S. Air Force (1972-1976, then two years in the Reserves)

Joey Rice: E-4, Corporal; served in U.S. Marine Corps (1978-1982 active, 1982-1984 inactive)

Brandon Miller: E-4, Petty Officer, 3rd Class; served in U.S. Coast Guard (4 years active, 4 years inactive Reserve)

Jess Bowling: E-6; served in U.S. Navy (1960-1970)

Josh Dindo: E-5; served in U.S. Marine Corps (2001-2009)

Travis Deatherage: E-5, Petty Officer, 2nd Class; served in U.S. Navy (1998-2003)

Thank you for your service and for protecting our freedoms!

 


October 24th,2014
WSC celebrates grand opening of new Nordstrom Rack store

A large crowd gathered early this morning for the grand opening of the new Nordstrom Rack store in Brandon, Fla. Festivities began at 8 a.m. with breakfast, coffee, music and a raffle for 30 $100 gift cards and one $1,000 shopping spree. The store opened its doors to the public at 9 a.m. 

The 32,700-square-foot store offers clearance merchandise from Nordstrom stores and Nordstrom.com, as well as other items purchased specially for Nordstrom Rack stores. Customers can find designer apparel, accessories and shoes at 30 to 70 percent off regular prices. The new location at Lake Brandon Plaza also offers on-site alterations, as well as its own app and mobile check-out service. 

White-Spunner Construction began building this $2.6 million store earlier this year, completing construction in just five months. This is the third store WSC has built for Nordstrom, Inc., including two other Nordstrom Rack stores in Birmingham, Ala. and Naples, Fla. 


September 18th,2014
Congratulations to Debbie Johnson on her retirement

WSC would like to congratulate Debbie Johnson on her retirement! Debbie has worked as a Project Assistant for WSC for 12 years. Today marks her last day with the company, and a luncheon was held in honor of her 12 years of hard work and dedication.

Debbie plans to travel as much as possible with her husband, Bill, after he retires at the first of next year. They are hoping to plan their first trips to the Florida Keys, New Orleans and Disney World. They also plan to attend several Nascar races and a couple of PGA golf tournaments as well. The couple plans to put their house up for sale next spring and would like to purchase land for hunting and fishing near Birmingham where their son and his family lives.

Congratulations, Debbie! We wish you all the best and a happy retirement!


July 28th,2014
Welcome New Project Manager, Paul Lewis

WSC would like to introduce our new project manager, Paul Lewis. Paul grew up in Mobile and attended high school at UMS-Wright. He graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from Auburn University in 2000.

Paul previously worked as a project manager/estimator at Roy Lewis Construction from 2000-2011, where he specialized in design-build contracts in all types of commercial construction with some limited work in some higher end custom residential work. He then worked for two years as project manager/estimator for C. Sharpe Co. in Orange Beach, where he specialized in waterproofing and restoration projects.

Paul's wife, Candice, is a fine arts instructor at Cottage Hill Christian School and Academy. They have two sons, James Holston who is eight years old, and Roan who is five. Paul's hobbies include all things outdoors such as kayaking, inshore fishing and hunting.


July 21st,2014
Welcome Aboard Assistant Project Manager, Thomas Cotton

Hello everyone, my name is Thomas Cotton and I am an Assistant Project Manager on the RSA jobs. I attended college at Auburn University and earned my degree in Building Science. I have worked with White-Spunner Construction on various jobs through college internships, and I have always thought it was a great place to work. The men and women that I worked with on those projects taught a great deal about construction and real life experiences. With that knowledge I was vastly above the learning curve in my class and was able to graduate in 3-1/2 years.

After graduating from Auburn in 2010, I started with Southern Pipe in their Management Program. Shortly after completing the program, they assigned me to inside sales where I did most of their bidding out of the Mobile Branch. About a year later, the company asked me to move to outside sales to help grow their commercial, industrial and HVAC market. I gladly accepted and for the past two years worked my way up through the ranks until I was approached with a position here.

I grew up here in Mobile. I married my high school sweetheart, Monica, and we do not have any children at this time. I can only hope to be like everyone else at White-Spunner and earn a tenure here. I look forward to working with each and every one you!

I want to thank you for the opportunity to work for such a great company again!