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."