Mobile, Alabama (April 5, 2010) – White-Spunner Construction is fast approaching completion of the Gulfport Municipal Complex in Gulfport, MS, just 17 months after ground breaking. The 78,690-square foot, 3-story public safety building features a structural steel frame with architectural precast exterior walls. The $22-million project is expected to be complete by October 2010. The building will house municipal courtrooms and the police headquarters for the City of Gulfport, MS. It is designed to meet stringent 200-mph wind requirements, comply with FEMA 361 requirements, and serve as a first responder’s shelter in the event of a hurricane. The innovative structure is also self-supporting in the event of power failure. Its sewer service, climate control system and electrical system will continue to function independently for up to 36 hours. “With this project, we’ve continued to expand our skills as a contractor who can find innovative solutions on the spot,” explains White-Spunner Construction Project Manager, Rodney Glessner. “We’d already begun construction when it was determined the specified windows needed to be upgraded to the current FEMA 361 standards for exterior windows. The window opening was re-designed and tested to meet the current standards for impact resistance, air and water intrusion. We were able to complete and implement the design with minimal impact to the project schedule,” he says. Glessner highlights constant communication as key in overcoming the challenge. “White-Spunner Construction’s policy to hold bi-weekly meetings among the architect, owner and contractor to review project issues was pivotal,” he adds. Crews also managed tight construction restraints for lay-down and staging areas, due to the project’s location on one city block with adjacent congested thoroughfares. “I’ve been very pleased with White-Spunner’s commitment to this project. They’re always available when I have a question, and they treat each challenge as an opportunity to make the project better,” notes Gulfport Program Manager, Robyn Eastman, of Broaddus & Associates. “In my 33 years managing construction projects, I have never met a more responsive contractor. I sincerely hope to work with them again,” he says. Other White-Spunner Construction major building projects currently underway in the region include: • University of South Alabama Student Recreation Center – Mobile, AL • State of Mississippi Public Health Laboratory – Jackson, MS • The Muses Urban Residential Development – New Orleans, LA