August 27th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Receives 2012 Design Award for Bay St. Louis Parking Deck

International Parking Institute Recognizes the Project's High Tech, Aesthetic Parking that Contributes to Sustainability Mobile, Alabama (August 20, 2012) - In its 30th annual design competition, the International Parking Institute (IPI) recently recognized the industry's most outstanding parking facilities and operations with its 2012 Awards of Excellence. The Municipal Parking Garage in Bay St. Louis, MS was recognized with a Merit award. White-Spunner Construction, based in Mobile, AL, provided design-build services for this project. The International Parking Institute is the largest association representing parking professionals and the parking industry. Its annual competition involves a formal entry submission and judging process. Key factors in the process include innovation, efficiency, sustainability and user-friendliness. “2012 winners exemplify the fact that our industry is no longer just about parking cars; it's about being part of transportation solutions, relieving traffic congestion and taking a leadership role in reducing our carbon footprint,” said IPI Executive Director Shawn Conrad, CAE. The Bay St. Louis parking garage built by White-Spunner Construction meets many of the IPI's award criteria. First, it's a Net Zero energy project, generating as much power as it uses. It boasts solar panels, power backup and an exposed cast-in-place "planked finish" plastic underground rainwater collection tank for irrigation purposes. Other notable features of the 31,680-square-foot concrete and steel garage include green screen panels to create a "Living Wall" where plants grow along wire panels to create a green landscape. Plus, the two-story parking deck allows for the future creation of a civic center on the building's third floor. “The Bay St. Louis garage is innovative in so many ways. It really underscores our commitment to being the design-build leader in sustainability in the Southeast,” notes Mike Fitzgerald, President of White-Spunner Construction. “This award is testament to the vision of city leaders in Bay St. Louis. It honors everyone in the community.”

August 27th,2012
White-Spunner Construction, Inc. Builds LEED-Certified Silver Facility for Faulkner State Community College in Record Time

Mobile, AL (August 24, 2012) - Acting as General Contractor, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed Faulkner State Community College's new Memorial Hall/Student Business and Instructional Services Center. Completed in just ten months, the new, two-story building, located on the school's main campus in Bay Minette, boasts 54,000 square feet and is LEED-Silver Certified. The time-sensitive project cost $6,109,398. Architects for the project were Walcott, Adams, Verneuille of Fairhope, AL. Departments under the roof of Memorial Hall include: • Admissions • Financial Aid/Business Offices • Veterans’ Affairs • Housing • Student Development • Student Services • Recruiting • High School Programs • Bookstore • Counselors & Advisors • Nine New Classrooms • Nine New Faculty Offices “It was a pleasure working with White-Spunner Construction on this challenging project. Time for completion of construction was critical as the facility had to be in operation for the Fall 2012 Semester,” states Jim Fitz-Gerald, Faulkner’s Dean of Administrative Services. “The efforts of White-Spunner Construction to meet this deadline are appreciated by Faulkner State and especially by the faculty, staff and students who now have one of the most impressive educational facilities in the State of Alabama in which to work, teach and learn.” Highlights of the new facility include a brick and cultured-stone exterior over metal-stud framing. The roof is composed primarily of asphalt shingles with an area of membrane roofing and standing seam metal roofs at the entrances. The HVAC is a chiller based system with individual controls via VAV boxes in each space. A large, roof-panoramic skylight channeled to both floors lowers the building's energy needs to ensure it's a LEED-accredited facility. Additional green efforts include water conserving fixtures, use of recycled building materials and finally, recycling of 74% of construction wastes. “We're honored to be a part of such an innovative project. This new facility shows great initiative and commitment on the part of Faulkner State to its students, faculty and environment,” notes Allan Gustin of White-Spunner Construction. “"Our company exemplified support of Buying Local by hiring more than 80% of all subcontractors and vendors from local, regional or AL state companies for this important project.”

August 27th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Ensures that New Ocean Springs High School Opens Doors in Time for 2012-13 School Year

Mobile, AL (August 27, 2012) - High school students in Ocean Springs, Mississippi have started the 2012-13 school year in a new, state-of-the-art facility. The two-story high school accommodates 2,200 students, encompasses 320,000 square feet, and includes an impressive, 964 feet long by 169 feet deep courtyard where students can mingle. Acting as General Contractor, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. completed the new high school in just two years' time. Architects for the project were Allred Architectural Group of Ocean Springs. At a cost of $37,250,000, the facility boasts numerous features, including: • 200 classrooms, • a vocational-technical department, • a 750-seat performance auditorium, • library, • media center, and • two gymnasiums: a 1,500-seat performance center and a P.E./practice gym. To minimize maintenance, no skylights or clerestory windows were used in the design of the building. The structure and its roof are rated for a 140-mph wind zone for hurricanes. The school’s windows, brick, cornices and columns are impact-resistant. The building project was not without its challenges. The high school’s location on the site of an old pecan orchard with poor soils necessitated the use of site preparation methods which involved more time. Methods included pre-loading the building pad with soil to consolidate the subsoil, then utilizing drainage wicks to remove moisture from the sandy mix of silt and clay soil. “This new facility is attractive both in design and function,” notes Allan Gustin, of White-Spunner Construction, Inc. “It is a source of pride for everyone in the community, not just students and faculty.”

August 6th,2012
Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction Ranked 4th among winners in “Best Company to Work for in Alabama 2012” by Business Alabama

Mobile, Alabama (August 6, 2012) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2012. This third annual program was created by Business Alabama publication and Best Companies Group. Business Alabama and partner Best Companies Group announced the 2012 winners at an award event on Augsut 1 at the Birmingham Museum of Art. At the event, White-Spunner Construction was ranked 4th among the winners in the medium-size company category. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 18 companies split into three categories: 6 small-sized companies (15-49 U.S. employees), 6 medium-sized companies (50-249 U.S. Employees) and 6 large-sized companies (250 and more U.S. Employees). From those employee-survey responses, 18 companies were recognized for providing exceptional working environments in the state. White-Spunner Construction has been named one of this year's Best Companies to work for in Alabama in the medium category. “We are honored to be recognized as a top employer in Alabama. Our employees are the lifeline of this company, and their commitment to excellence is visible at all levels. So, creating a positive work environment and giving them the support they need is a pleasure,” says John White-Spunner, CEO. To be considered for participation, companies have to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: - Be for profit, not-for-profit business or government entity; - Be a publicly or privately held business; - Have a facility in Alabama; - Have at least 15 employees in Alabama; - Be in business a minimum of 1 year Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Companies to work for in Alabama. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Alabama, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings.

July 3rd,2012
White-Spunner Construction Awarded “Best Company to Work for in Alabama 2012”

Mobile, Alabama (June 7, 2012) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. was recently named as one of the Best Companies to Work for in Alabama 2012. This third annual program was created by Business Alabama publication and Best Companies Group. This survey and awards program was designed to identify, recognize and honor the best employers in Alabama, benefiting the state's economy, workforce and businesses. The list is made up of 18 companies split into three categories: 6 small-sized companies (15-49 U.S. employees), 6 medium-sized companies (50-249 U.S. Employees) and 6 large-sized companies (250 and more U.S. Employees). White-Spunner Construction has been named one of this year's Best Companies to work for in Alabama in the medium category. “We are honored to be recognized as a top employer in Alabama. Our employees are the lifeline of this company, and their commitment to excellence is visible at all levels. So, creating a positive work environment and giving them the support they need is a pleasure,” says John White-Spunner, CEO. To be considered for participation, companies have to fulfill the following eligibility requirements: - Be for profit, not-for-profit business or government entity; - Be a publicly or privately held business; - Have a facility in Alabama; - Have at least 15 employees in Alabama; - Be in business a minimum of 1 year Companies from across the state entered the two-part survey process to determine the Best Companies to work for in Alabama. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company's workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics. The second part consisted of an employee survey to measure the employee experience. The combined scores determined the top companies and the final ranking. Best Companies Group managed the overall registration and survey process in Alabama, analyzed the data and determined the final rankings. The actual rankings will be published in the August 2012 issue of Business Alabama and the ranked companies will be recognized August 1 at a special awards ceremony at the Birmingham Museum of Art.

July 3rd,2012
Mobile Regional Airport Introduces Advanced Security Scanner - White-Spunner Construction Installs New Body Scanner

Mobile, AL (June 29, 2012) - Mobile Transportation Security Administration unveiled its most advanced security technology at Mobile Regional Airport on May 2, 2012. The installation of this scanner will speed up the check point process for the passengers. At the same time, the TSA will be able to provide a more thorough scan of the passengers, increasing the safety of passengers passing through Mobile. With a tight schedule and the security of the Mobile Regional Airport on the line, White-Spunner Construction set out to install the latest Body Scanning technology for those traveling from Mobile, AL. The three week process included the demolition of several walls and ceilings to make room for the new scanner. The project required relocation of the old metal detector and scanner lines and decommission of the X-ray scanner. Construction also involved new floor tile installation, core drilling of power and communications cables, and relocation of X-ray lines. A new private screening room was also constructed. To avoid disruption of heavy air traveler flow time, all work was completed at night, allowing the TSA checkpoint to remain operational throughout the entire project. “We're proud to have had a hand in ensuring Mobile Regional Airport is the most secure environment for travelers,” notes John White-Spunner, CEO. “And I'm especially pleased with the disciplined schedule our crews kept to minimize disruption for travelers during the installation process,” White-Spunner says.

May 24th,2012
State Veterans Cemetery Making Progress

Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs News Release (April 13, 2012) - MONTGOMERY - Officials with the Alabama Department of Veterans’ Affairs are pleased with the progress of the Alabama State Veterans Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort. After an Oct. 7 groundbreaking ceremony, construction of the cemetery began on the approximately 120-acre site. “We are extremely satisfied with both the pace and quality of construction of this sacred facility, which will be a fitting tribute to our veterans and heroes that wore our nation’s cloth,” said Clyde Marsh, commissioner of the Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs. “The cemetery is on schedule to meet our projected opening of spring 2013.” The first phase of construction covers 22.8 acres and includes an administration building, a maintenance facility, and a committal shelter. The burial population for this phase totals 2,776 graves, with in ground crypts, traditional graves, columbarium niches,and scatter grounds. This phase of burial sites should accommodate burials for 10 years before another expansion is needed. At this time, the administration building, which is approximately 2,700 square feet,has four walls, a roof, and some infrastructure. The nearly 3,700 square foot maintenance building is also currently under construction, with three walls standing. Last week, cryptinstallation began in the first pre-placed crypt burial section of the cemetery. The cemetery site has many unique features. It will have a Memorial Walk that connects with its neighbor, the Saluda Hills Cemetery, where Revolutionary War Soldier Zechariah Godbold is buried. The flag plaza and committal shelter have expanded areas to accommodate large gatherings for ceremonies and to serve as a venue for veterans or other events open to the public. -MORESTATE OF ALABAMA DEPARTMENT OF VETERANS AFFAIRS P.O. BOX 1509 MONTGOMERY, ALABAMA 36102-1509 TELEPHONE (334) 242-5077 FAX (334) 242-5102 Contact: Robert Horton, Public Information Officer (334) 242-5084 Rear Admiral W. Clyde Marsh, USN, (Ret.) Commissioner The cemetery’s site plans and architectural design were by Walcott Adams Verneuille Architects of Fairhope. After receiving a $7 million final grant approval and funding authorization from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in August, the state VA awarded the construction contract to White-Spunner Construction Co., Inc. of Mobile. The public can make monetary donations to the cemetery by writing checks payable to the “Alabama Department of Veterans Affairs” and by indicating that the donation is for the cemetery project. Donations can be mailed to the ADVA, P.O. Box 1509, AL 36102-1509. Questions regarding the state veterans’ cemetery can be directed to Sandy Speakman,general counsel for the state VA at (334) 353-5033.

May 24th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Inc. Included in Business Alabama Magazine’s 2012 Top Rank List of General Contractors in Alabama

Mobile, AL (May 23, 2012) - White-Spunner Construction Inc., one of the top contractors in the nation and southern central United States, was recently selected by Business Alabama Magazine, a PMT publication, for inclusion in their 2012 Top Rank List of General Contractors in Alabama. Alabama’s largest general contractors were ranked by value of contracts awarded in 2010. White-Spunner Construction was ranked 9th in an overall list of top 26 AL-based construction firms.

April 20th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Earns Award from Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP)

WSC recognized for its positive contribution to the Alabama Gulf Coastfs triple bottom line: economically, environmentally and socially. Mobile, Alabama (April 20, 2012) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) has received an award from Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) for its work on the Saunders Yachtworks Dry Dock Basin, located in Gulf Shores, AL. The construction team was comprised of White-Spunner Construction, Inc., Clark, Geer & Latham Engineering, Saunders Yachtworks and the City of Gulf Shores. PEP is a non-profit organization, comprised of a membership of more than 180 area businesses, that promotes economic sustainable development and environmental stewardship. This award recognizes WSC's positive impact on the Alabama Gulf Coast's triple bottom line (economically, environmentally and socially) through its involvement on this project. WSC was one of only six companies to receive an award at the 8th Annual PEP Environmental Stewardship Awards held Tuesday, April 17, 2012, at 5 Rivers Delta Center in Spanish Fort, AL. The Saunders Yachtworks Dry Dock Basin is a premier Boatyard for the Gulf Coast. It is a $10+ million public-private partnership, funded partially through an Economic Development Authority Grant to put Americans back to work. Constructed by White-Spunner Construction, the facility, located on a 14 acre track on the Inter-Coastal Waterway, hosts repair and refit projects for marine vessels up to 130f in length or 165 tons. One of the primary environmental contributions of the project is the Water Recycling and Effluent System for cleaning the bottom of boats. The new system not only stops pollutants from entering our coastal waters but also aids in recycling the water and decreasing water usage. The facility's additional contributions to the environment include: œ restoration of a neglected gMan Madeh ditch that was causing sediment entry into the coastal waters œ installation of rip rap along the ICW to aid in erosion control œ implementation of an oil and hydraulic recycling station œ incorporation of a metals recycling dumpster œ construction of enclosed paint building designed to trap overspray & prevent sand deposits from entering the environment gWe're honored PEP is recognizing our commitment to the environmental and economic health of the Gulf Coast. Saunders Yachtworks, Clark, Geer & Latham Engineering, and the City of Gulf Shores were equally committed to having a positive, lasting impact on our area through the project. This award underscores WSC's ongoing mission to be a leader in environmental stewardship throughout the Southeast,h notes John White-Spunner, CEO. PEP Environmental Stewardship Awards are presented to member companies that have made a significant and positive contribution to the Alabama Gulf Coastfs triple bottom line, economically, environmentally and socially. gThese award winning companies exemplify PEPfs mission to promote sustainable economic growth while conserving, protecting and restoring the natural resources that make our region an unique and desirable place to live and do business,h said Jennifer Denson, Executive Director. (PROJECT RENDERING ATTACHED: Saunders Yachtworks Dry Dock Basin) Photo Caption: (l-r) Scott Carrier (Clark, Geer & Latham Eng.), John Fitzgerald (Saunders Yachtworks), Seth Smith (White-Spunner Construction)

April 16th,2012
White-Spunner Construction Earns Gold Level S.T.E.P. Award

Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National Chapter Honors White-Spunner Construction with Safety Award Mobile, Alabama (April 16, 2012) - The Associated Builders & Contractors (ABC) National chapter recently announced that Mobile-based, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. will receive a Gold Level STEP award for excellence in safety practice. The ABC established the Safety Training and Evaluation Process (STEP) program in 1989 to recognize ABC members who consistently excel in the field of safety. Using 20 standard “key components” of safety—above and beyond OSHA requirements for a safe workplace, STEP also provides a consistent tool for members to evaluate their safety training programs. Each key component focuses on specific safety and training areas essential to an effective safety training program. There are six levels of achievement in the STEP program: Participant, Bronze, Silver, Gold, Platinum and Diamond. White-Spunner Construction will receive its Gold Level STEP award at the ABC's Safe Day Luncheon on Friday, April 20, 2012, at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham. “This is our second major safety award this year, and we're honored to receive this recognition from ABC. The STEP program helps us continuously improve our safety and loss prevention programs, ensuring we remain at the top of our field,” says Mike Fitzgerald, President of White-Spunner Construction, Inc. About White-Spunner Construction, Inc. White-Spunner Construction, Inc. is a general contracting, design build and construction management company based in Mobile, Alabama, with a branch office in Austin, TX. Incorporated in 1981, White-Spunner Construction is committed to safety, quality and integrity. One of the leading construction companies in the Southeast, White-Spunner Construction is licensed in 37 states and works closely with clients on build to suit, design build, municipal/institutional, multi-family, industrial, commercial and healthcare projects. White-Spunner Construction maintains long-term owner relationships by striving to complete every project on schedule and within budget. Work opportunities are earnestly pursued by responding to any project – large or small – with competitive bids and negotiated construction services. For more information, contact Pam Denham at 251.656.3843. About Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) (ABC) is a national association representing 25,000 merit shop construction and construction-related firms in 78 chapters across the United States. ABC's membership represents all specialties within the U.S. construction industry and is comprised primarily of firms that perform work in the industrial and commercial sectors of the industry. ##