January 25th,2013
Community Bank Breaks Ground in Mobile for Alabama Headquarters

Community Bank is proud to announce the ground breaking for the construction of their new office in Mobile, Alabama. The ceremony will be held Thursday, January 24th, beginning at 9:00 am. The event will be held on-site located at 111 West I-65 Service Road. This new area headquarters will serve as the administrative hub for the bank’s activities in the metro area and will house a dedicated group of commercial lenders led by Roy Hudson, the Mobile Market President. The bank will initially employ twelve full-time financial professionals and allow for the bank to hire additional staff to assist local residents with any financial needs. "This multi-million dollar construction project symbolizes Community Bank's commitment to Mobile and south Alabama,” states Oliver A. Latil, Alabama Chief Executive Officer for Community Bank. “Even in these difficult economic times our bank has seen unprecedented growth. Community Bank is very optimistic about the future and has plans to expand operations in Mobile and Baldwin County."

The new Mobile office will be a 12,859 square foot, two story bank and will feature a brick and stucco exterior. The interior will feature state of the art offices, a video conference room and a large multi-purpose room for client seminars. The building will have full generator backup. Projected completion date is scheduled for November of this year. White-Spunner Construction, Inc., based in Mobile, AL, serves as General Contractor for the project and the architect firm is Eley Guild Hardy Architects PA, based in Biloxi, MS. Community Bank opened its first office in the Mobile area in late 2007 and has since then grown to three offices and $112 million in assets. Current Mobile locations include an office located on Airport Boulevard and an office located in the Dauphin 65 Medical and Financial Center. Community Bank recently celebrated the grand opening of its new office in Daphne on US Hwy 98. In April the bank will open its fourth area location in Fairhope. Community Bank has 39 offices operating in Mississippi, Alabama, Florida, and Tennessee and is subsidiary of Community Bancshares, Inc., a $2.3 billion, employee owned bank holding company. Community Bank has more than 650 staff owners across the Southeast, and has been recognized as one of the South's top small business lenders by the U.S. Small Business Administration.



January 22nd,2013
“What’s Next in the World of Green Building Design & Construction”

Mobile, AL (January 22, 2013) - White-Spunner Construction (WSC) is pleased to host several upcoming workshops for the construction industry focused on sustainable building practices. The first, a “Lunch and Learn” workshop entitled “What's Next in the World of Green Building Design & Construction,” will be held Thursday, January 31, from 12-1pm at WSC. LEED Faculty member and architect Rebecca Bryant, of WATERSHED Green Consulting will be the instructor. This complimentary workshop is open to industry stakeholders, but space is limited. Participants must RSVP no later than Tuesday, January 29, by calling 251.471.5189. “This workshop is intended to help professionals in the real estate, construction, property management, or building design communities learn about new developments in the green building marketplace, and how those are being applied across our region,” explains Rebecca Bryant of WATERSHED Green Consulting. Then, on Thursday, February 28 and Friday, March 1, 2013, WSC will host its 2nd Annual 2013 GREENBUILDING UPDATE: “LEED Building Design & Construction: Nuts & Bolts of LEED & LEEDAP Exam Preparation.” Rebecca Bryant, AIA LEED AP of WATERSHED Green Consulting will lead instruction. This CEU-credited workshop consists of two four-hour sessions 8am-12noon each day, and offers 7 AIA/CES, 7 BOMA, 7 CoreNet, 0.7 CSI. “This training is an excellent way for those in the construction and real estate industry to keep their staff and subcontractors on the leading edge of the green building marketplace. Even in a down economy, interest in green building design and construction services continues to escalate. This course will give you the tools to gain a competitive edge,” states Allan Gustin, Vice-President, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The 2-day course is not eligible for GBCI credit, however it does satisfy the eligibility requirement for taking the LEED Green Associate Exam. The cost for USGBC Members & Students is $300; Non-Members $350. For more details or to register online, visit http://www.watershed.pro/ed_coming.php. For more information, call 251.517.5214.

January 21st,2013
“2013 Top Rank” Among Alabama General Contractors

Mobile, Alabama (January 18, 2013) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) was recently recognized as one of Alabama's “2013 Top-Rank General Contractors” by Business Alabama. The value of contracts awarded in 2011 was the criteria for companies to achieve Top Rank in the statewide category of “Largest General Contractor.” Based in Mobile and with 2011 contract awards approaching $100 million, White-Spunner Construction was ranked nine in the category of “Largest General Contractors.” “What's significant about this award is that we achieved a Top Rank with substantially fewer employees that our Top Rank colleagues—less than half the employees, to be exact,” explains WSC President John White-Spunner. “This is a notable achievement for our employees and truly demonstrates their dedication! I couldn't be more proud to work with them,” he continues. At a value of $32 million, the University of South Alabama Recreation Center in Mobile was WSC's largest project completed in 2011. The $37-million Ocean Springs High School in Ocean Springs, MS, was WSC's largest project under construction at the time of Top Rank selection. Business Alabama's annual Top Rank publication was designed to identify and honor the best businesses in Alabama by industry, reviewing companies from across the state for inclusion.

January 4th,2013
ADVON/White-Spunner Construction Partnership Awarded Stennis Space Center MACC

Mobile, AL (January 4, 2013) - The Teaming Partnership formed by ADVON Corporation and White-Spunner Construction (WSC) was recently awarded an IDIQ Multiple Award Construction Contract (MACC) for Stennis Space Center near Bay St. Louis, Mississippi. Stennis Space Center is NASA’s largest rocket engine testing facility. As a service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) Prime-Sub Team, the ADVON/WSC Partnership is one of 10 contractors selected by the best value method to perform construction projects at Stennis over the next five years, including new construction, renovation, remodeling, and design/build throughout the center. ADVON Corporation, based in Tallahassee, Florida and White-Spunner Construction, Inc. of Mobile, AL established its partnership in 2010 for the pursuit of work in the federal government market. “We're honored to have been selected as a contractor for such a prestigious facility,” notes ADVON President, Bill Graham. “We have extensive experience constructing state facilities, including athletic and research institutions, and look forward to building a solid, lasting relationship with Stennis and its federal agencies over the next five years.” “We couldn't be more pleased,” enthuses WSC President, Mike Fitzgerald. “It is an honor for us to receive this important regional opportunity in aerospace. Our partnership with ADVON promises to yield tremendous value to the people and communities we serve. ” About ADVON/White-Spunner Construction Partnership ADVON Corporation is an experienced, diversified, service-disabled veteran-owned small business (SDVOSB) construction firm located in Tallahassee, FL. White-Spunner Construction, Inc. is a large business Teaming Partner headquartered in Mobile, AL. Together, the ADVON/White-Spunner Construction team has extensive experience in government contracts for horizontal and vertical construction. Construction expertise encompasses aerospace, LEED, institutional, sports/recreational, research, general commercial, industrial, retail, hospitality, parking, office, multi-family, restoration, warehouse/distribution/manufacturing, cultural/religious and healthcare facilities. Our high caliber team of construction professionals delivers projects on time, on budget and with zero safety incidents. The ADVON/White-Spunner objective is to provide a completed project which exceeds the expectations of our clients. For more information contact Bill Graham, President, ADVON at 850.727.7626 or bgraham@advonconstruction.com.

December 5th,2012
WSC Receives 2012 BuildSouth Award

Mobile, Alabama (December 5, 2012) - The Alabama AGC recently announced winners for its 2012 BuildSouth Awards. White-Spunner Construction, Inc., based in Mobile, AL, received the Association's award in the category “New Building Construction” for its work on Faulkner State Community College Memorial Hall in Bay Minette, AL. Ten contractors from across the state will be honored with the Alabama AGC's BuildSouth Awards at the Association's 15th annual banquet on January, 11, 2013, 6pm at The Club in Birmingham. Projects in 13 categories were recognized by judges as the most outstanding completed in 2012. The BuildSouth competition is open to all Alabama AGC general and specialty contractor members. Projects are awarded in the following categories: building construction, design/build, highway construction, international, construction management, heavy industrial construction and municipal utilities construction. Projects were judged on multiple criteria, including the following: • Meeting the challenge of a difficult job, • Excellence in project management, • Innovation in construction techniques or materials, • State-of-the-art advancement, • Sensitivity to environment and surroundings, and • Contractor’s contribution to the community. Acting as General Contractor, White-Spunner Construction completed Faulkner State Community College's Memorial Hall in just ten months. The new, two-story building on the school's Bay Minette campus boasts 42,000 square feet and is LEED-Silver Certified. The time-sensitive project cost $6,109,398. “Our challenge was to complete the large building with sustainable components in a compressed amount of time,” explains WSC President, Mike Fitzgerald. “This new facility shows great initiative and commitment on the part of Faulkner State to its students, faculty and environment, and we're honored to be a part of it.” Alabama AGC has also recognized White-Spunner Construction in previous years for the following accomplishments: • Safety Excellence Award-Building Division: 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011 • Safety Excellence Award-Leadership Division: 2005, 2006 • Safety Director of the Year: 2006 About Alabama AGC Since 1920, Alabama AGC has brought together qualified construction contractors and industry-related companies dedicated to skill, integrity and responsibility. The Association provides broad influence and a full range of services satisfying the needs and concerns of its members, partners and the industry, thereby improving the quality of construction and protecting the public interest.

December 3rd,2012
Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs News Release Dedication set for State Veterans Cemetery

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs to dedicate the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort on Pearl Harbor Day MONTGOMERY – As the state’s first owned and operated veterans cemetery nears completion, plans are underway for the dedication of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort on Dec. 7. State and local dignitaries will be on hand for the dedication that will begin at 10 a.m. “Dedicating the cemetery on Pearl Harbor Day will serve as a reminder of the sacrifices made by Americans while defending our nation’s freedom,” said retired Navy Rear Adm. W. Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. A combination of many years of site searches and discussion by local leaders; unwavering support from veterans as well as detailed planning by state and federal officials; and approval by the State Board of Veterans Affairs to establish a state veterans cemetery program has led to a hallowed resting place for Alabama Veterans and their families. In 2008, the State Board of Veterans Affairs (SBVA) approved the department’s request to conduct a thorough review regarding the feasibility, support, sustainability and strategy for a state veterans cemetery. The following year the State Board of Veterans Affairs unanimously agreed to pursue legislation that would establish a state veterans cemetery program. Legislation, sponsored by Rep. Randy Davis of Daphne and Sen. Hank Sanders of Selma, passed in 2009 establishing the cemetery program under the management of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. After Gov. Bob Riley signed the bill into law on May 22, 2009, the state VA awarded Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects of Fairhope the contract for designing the cemetery’s 103-acre site plan. The plan became an essential part of the state VA’s application for a $7 million federal VA construction grant. In May 2011, the Baldwin County Commission deeded the cemetery property to the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki announced the award of the federal grant in August 2011. With the federal grant in place and state funds approved by the SBVA, White-Spunner Construction, Inc.of Mobile was awarded the construction contract. Construction began in October 2011 with a symbolic groundbreaking ceremony. “This cemetery will provide the final act of honor, dignity and respect that our veterans have earned through their service and sacrifice,” said Marsh. “It is appropriate the cemetery will serve them and their families for the next 100 years because of the diligent efforts of many patriots in Baldwin County and our great state.” The first phase of the cemetery covers 22.8 acres that includes an administration building, maintenance facility, committal shelter and a memorial walk. There are a total of 2,776 graves with in ground crypts, traditional graves, columbarium niches and scatter grounds. Burials are expected to begin in early 2013. Veterans who served honorably, their spouses and eligible dependents will be entitled to burial services. The state veterans cemetery will follow National Cemetery Administration (shrine) and federal VA standards in addition to state policies and procedures. The Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort is located at 34904 Ala. HWY 225, Spanish Fort, Ala. 36577 across from the Fort Blakeley State Park and adjacent to the historic Saluda Hill Cemetery. The cemetery dedication is open to the public and media.

November 29th,2012
White-Spunner Construction completes Alabama State Veteran's Memorial Cemetery - Phase One

Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony set for December 7 Mobile, AL (November 29, 2012) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc., based in Mobile, AL, is pleased to announce the Phase One completion of Alabama State Veteran's Memorial Cemetery. The picturesque cemetery, located at 30904 State Highway 225 in Spanish Fort, is Alabama's first and only state veteran's cemetery. A ribbon-cutting ceremony to celebrate the opening will be held Friday, December 7 at 10am. White-Spunner Construction (WSC) acted as General Contractor over the 13-month construction process, completed ahead of schedule. Walcott Adams Verneuille of Fairhope served as architects. The Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs (ADVA) is the owner. At a cost of $5,471,256, the national cemetery allows for 2,648 burials in the 23-acre tract of Phase One. Burial sites include double depth crypts, traditional gravesites and in-ground cremains. The detail and size of site improvements, which required full attention to erosion/sediment control throughout the construction process, was a challenge on the rolling property. “We met this challenge with vigilant attention to detail,” notes Allan Gustin, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The cemetery boasts the Administration Building, airy Committal Shelter and Maintenance Building, constructed as follows: • Administration building, which houses the cemetery director and administrative staff―is 2,746 square feet and features conference, eating, and office spaces. • Committal Shelter (1,089 square feet) is the dedication location for services. This open, airy structure is eloquently detailed with v-joint turtle back ceilings and custom brick work. • Maintenance building (3,696 square feet) is a full-service work shop with individual service stalls, pressure washing stall, hydraulic vehicle lift, air tool equipment, office space, kitchen, and showers. “We are honored to have been selected to build such an important facility that honors the military service of our state's veterans,” Gustin continues.

November 14th,2012
Local GreenLEEDers USGBC (AL) recognizes Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction for LEED-Certified Building Project: Seafood Distribution Plant, Bayou La Batre

Mobile, AL (November 14, 2012) – The Gulf Coast GreenLeaders, USGBC Alabama Chapter, has included Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction (WSC) in its annual recognition effort of local building projects that achieved LEED certification this year. WSC is being recognized for their role in building the Seafood Distribution Plant in Bayou La Batre, AL. The GreenLeaders’ annual celebration, set for Thursday, November 15, will include the recognition of building owners, designers, and construction teams who have built green buildings in our area in the past year. The event will be held at Heroes restaurant, located on Old Shell Road across from the USA campus, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Related Professional Education Seminars will be held at Shelby Hall on USA campus beginning at noon. The public is invited and the cost to attend is $25. For more information, call 251.490.4686. About the Seafood Distribution Plant The Seafood Waste Processing Plant was built on 10 acres of a 95-acre site near several waterfront seafood processing facilities in Bayou La Batre, AL. It is one of only a few industrial projects in the state to be certified through the U.S. Green Building Council’s LEED Rating System – the industry leader for green buildings. The shrimp and crab waste processing plant, built for The Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Cooperative, also known as The Co-op, has the capacity to process over 5,000 tons of shrimp and crab waste generated annually from coop members’ processing plants in the surrounding area. The 13,000-square-foot facility features a pre-engineered metal building that employs environmentally-friendly practices to treat the by-products of the seafood processing industry and dispose of associated waste and fumes. Special structure features include a bio-gas processing system with anaerobic digesters, aerobic lagoons, bio-filters, concrete and steel retention tanks, methane gas bladders, candlestick flares and wetland restorations. For more information about the Seafood Distribution Plant, contact Allan Gustin at allan.gustin@white-spunner.com. About GreenLEEDers GreenLEEDers is a local, volunteer branch of the international organization that created the LEED green building certification, the US Green Building Council (USGBC). Their mission is to encourage the growth of more sustainable building practices.

September 19th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Completes National Bank of Commerce's (NBC) Newest Branch in Downtown Fairhope

Mobile, AL (September 18, 2012) – Mobile, AL-based, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed construction on National Bank of Commerce's newest coastal branch in the heart of downtown Fairhope, AL. The historically-sensitive project was on time and budget, completed in just seven months. Architects for the project were Walcott, Adams, Verneuille of Fairhope. At 5,900 square feet, the new bank showcases numerous elements designed to complement historic buildings in downtown Fairhope. Its exterior façade features rough brick with mortar joints that were left unraked. The hardscape was designed to protect and preserve the large existing Magnolia and Live Oak trees by using underground retainage, pervious concrete and pervious pavers within the drives and sidewalks. As a Tree City, Fairhope emphasizes natural foliage, and NBC's landscaping was designed to exceed the city's expectations. Large magnolias, pond cypress, and running ground cover were used to create a lush, natural setting. “It was an honor to participate in bringing a historically-sensitive new building to downtown Fairhope. Our team worked closely to ensure that finishes, landscaping, everything worked in tandem,” says John White-Spunner, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. “All of us at NBC couldn’t be happier with how this project turned out. The entire construction team from White-Spunner was great to work with on this project. They coordinated with our architects and the city and always let me know of any issues up front. Our expectations for this building were very high and it actually turned out better than we expected. All of the feedback we have received from our clients has been tremendous,” Robert Seaborn, Jr., President, NBC Bank, Fairhope, AL. The bank's interior finishes also contribute to its historic aesthetic, including slate flooring with mosaic accent tiles at the entrance. Throughout the building, ceiling height is an airy 11' and is mixed with revealed-edge acoustical ceiling tile and 1x6 wood v-groove with crown molding in the lobby, foyer and conference rooms. National Bank of Commerce’s main branch is in Birmingham, Alabama.