Environmental Note: Nearly $6 million plant for Gulf Coast Agricultural and Seafood Cooperative will be LEEDS registered “White-Spunner Construction Breaks Ground on “Green” Seafood Processing Plant” Standing alongside local, state and federal dignitaries, as well as seafood producers, White-Spunner Construction Inc. broke ground on Thursday on a state-of-the-art “green” seafood processing facility in Bayou La Batre, Ala for the Gulf Coast Agriculture and Seafood Cooperative (GCASC). Here, White-Spunner Construction Project Manager Seth Smith (right), stands with Don Wambles, director of the Alabama Farmers Market Authority (left), and Walton Kraver, Sr., president of the GCASC and president of Deep Sea Foods (middle). The Mobile-based construction company is building the nearly $6 million facility on 10 acres of a 95-acre site for the dehydration of crab and shrimp byproducts produced in the Bayou La Batre area. The project will be LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) upon completion in January 2011. The 13,000-square-foot facility will employ unprecedented, state-of-the-art “green” practices to treat the by-products of the seafood processing industry and dispose of associated waste and fumes, saving cooperative seafood processors $90,000 annually in fees to haul the waste to landfills as well as providing methods for converting the seafood byproducts into a variety of products. The pre-engineered metal structure will feature a biogas processing system with anaerobic digesters, aerobic lagoons, bio-filters, concrete and steel retention tanks, methane gas bladders, candlestick flares and wetland restorations. White-Spunner Construction leads the way in LEED-certified environmental building, consistently receiving recognition for excellence in quality, safety and as well as building “green.” “I hope people from all over the world come down here to see what we are doing,” Wambles said at the groundbreaking.