May 20th,2011
WSC Selected for 2011 PEP Environmental Stewardship Awards

Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) will award their 7th Annual PEP Environmental Stewardship Awards to 5 member companies and a Community Partner during PEP’s Annual Membership Meeting, this evening at 5 Rivers Delta Center. PEP Member Awards are presented to member companies that have made a significant and positive contribution to the Mobile/Baldwin region’s triple bottom line, economically, environmentally and socially. The 2011 PEP Member Award recipients are: Aerostar Environmental Services Aerostar’s biologist Angie Rangel manages a 380-acre Gopher Tortoise preserve near Citronelle owned by South Alabama Utilities, (SAU). Federally threatened gopher tortoises are relocated from road right of ways where waterline maintenance and installation occur in Mobile County. Gopher tortoise habitats were identified and mapped along the proposed and existing SAU waterline routes, allowing SAU to determine the need for a tortoise survey and relocation prior to construction or maintenance. The gopher tortoise has a disproportionate impact on the environment relative to its size. It is critical in maintaining the structure of an ecological community by affecting and determining other species in the community. As many as 80 animal species utilize the gopher tortoise burrow, proving this animal is critically important to the ecosystem. Arkema In 2009-2010, Arkema focused on reducing energy consumption at its Axis plant to reduce both operating costs and its environmental impact on the community. In 2009, more sophisticated operating controls were installed to provide the operating control needed to reduce natural gas consumption while maintaining compliance with air permit requirements. In 2010, variable frequency drives were installed on several large horsepower motors to operate more efficiently. These two projects resulted in about 50,000 MMBTU per year natural gas savings, which was a 10% reduction in the site’s overall natural gas usage. The reduction in natural gas consumption also reduced carbon dioxide emissions (greenhouse gases) by about 3,000 tons per year. The carbon dioxide emissions reduction is equivalent to about 515 cars driving 12,000 miles per year. BASF Collaborating with EPA, ADEM and a stakeholder group that included U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, NOAA and U.S. Geological Survey, BASF implemented a successful remediation of historic DDT impacts to floodplain sediments at its facility in McIntosh. DDT in historical wastewater discharges led to contamination of floodplain soils and sediments along a portion of BASF’s property on the Tombigbee River floodplain. The DDT levels do not pose a threat to humans, but fish exposed to contaminated surface sediments may pose a threat to wading birds. Following EPA’s recommendations and collaborating with the stakeholder group, BASF developed and, in 2008, implemented a plan to rapidly implement remediation to reduce ecological exposures to DDT while maintaining the habitat and integrity of the site’s bottomland hardwood forest. A sand cover was placed over 50 acres of floodplain sediments as a barrier between aquatic organisms and the contaminated soils. By 2010, collected fish samples had 90% lower DDT levels and returning native vegetation is providing stability to the cover and improving the ecosystem. E. I. DuPont de Nemours and Co. With new processes, DuPont has improved environmental and safety risks, minimized waste, and reduced energy usage. Historically, the Mobile site has used sulfuric acid to neutralize effluent. To address risks associated with any unexpected leak in the pipe rack, threatening personnel and the environment, the plant is installing a new liquid CO2 neutralization technology to replace the existing sulfuric acid neutralization for the effluent system. The new CO2 system will provide a much lower risk to the environment, reduce transportation requirements, reduce the potential for personnel exposure and reduce operating costs. The Mobile site has also turned a former waste into a valuable raw material. The largest contributor to their waste expenditures is from RynaxypyrTM – 4 million pounds per year. A local team discovered that a significant component of the waste was a key raw material, (3-Picoline). A method was designed to recover the material and re-use it on-site, rather than dispose of it. This project reduces the site’s environmental carbon footprint with lower air emissions and a 45% decreased energy usage. In addition, the company is able to reduce waste incineration costs and realize raw material purchase savings. White-Spunner Construction White-Spunner Construction constructed the shrimp and crab waste processing plant in Bayou La Batre for the Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Co-Op (the Co-Op). The plant’s goal is to redirect from area landfills the 5,900 tons of shrimp and crab waste collected annually from Co-Op member’s processing plants and recycle it into a beneficial sellable product. It was designed to provide the greatest environmental benefit possible to the Co-Op and local community. It includes systems for geothermal comfort heating and cooling, heat recovery from process equipment for plant comfort heating, solar panels, primary anaerobic wastewater treatment to generate biogas collected for use as process fuel and a process to prevent wastewater discharges and beneficial use of gray water. It will likely to qualify for the first Gold LEED Certification for an industrial project in Alabama. As part of this Award, PEP extends special recognition to the Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Co-Op for its creativity and initiative in developing this plant. Community Partner Awards are given to individuals or organizations that dedicate their time and resources to improve the sustainability and resiliency of Coastal Alabama. Downtown Mobile Alliance The PEP Board of Directors has selected Downtown Mobile Alliance as its 2011 Community Partner in recognition of its work to create a more sustainable urban community. The PEP Community Partner Award is granted each year to an organization or individual that has made a lasting impact on Coastal Alabama’s sustainability and resiliency. The PEP Board recognizes the Downtown Mobile Alliance’s initiatives to foster a clean, safe, welcoming and beautiful downtown experience for business and visitors that is more walkable and livable. The Board applauds the Alliance’s management of the Business Improvement District and the economic development programs that have been instrumental in advertising commercial property and offering incentives to attract more retail store fronts, restaurants, office space, art galleries and night spots. This has resulted in 41 new businesses in the past year, increased property values and thriving community events such as Brown Bag Jazz in Bienville, Royal Street North Poll Stroll, Easter in the Square, Downtown Art Walks and Saturday Market in the Square. The Alliance has encouraged the adoption of Smart Code resulting in more walkable mixed use neighborhoods, worked to make the I-10 Wallace Tunnel Interchange safer and participated in the Green Streets Initiative with Auburn University to help manage storm water runoff through innovative redevelopment of downtown parks and green spaces. These are key examples of their work to make Mobile more sustainable; environmentally, economically and socially. PEP was founded on the guiding principle of promoting business growth while enhancing the environment and overall quality of life in the Mobile-Baldwin area. Downtown Mobile Alliance exemplifies the values of PEP and we are proud to stand with them as Community Partners. Partners for Environmental Progress (PEP) is a non-profit organization of more than 180 area businesses that promotes economic sustainable development and environmental stewardship. PEP members believe that “A Clean Environment is Good for Business.” <>

April 6th,2011
WSC & Saunders Yachtworks announce ground-breaking on new Gulf Shores dry dock basin

A public-private partnership between the City of Gulf Shores and Saunders Yachtworks establishes a major vessel repair complex on the Intracoastal Waterway in the heart of Gulf Shores. Gulf Shores, Alabama (April 5, 2011) - A $10+ million public-private partnership is funded by the City of Gulf Shores, Saunders Yachtworks of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, and the Economic Development Agency of the US Commerce Department. White-Spunner Construction, a Mobile-based general contracting firm, is awarded a $5,144 million contract to build the 2nd phase of the project which has been six years in planning and design. White-Spunner will begin construction April 18 on the basin, docks, and heavy-lift infrastructure components. The time of construction is 15 months. The facility is located on 14 acres owned by the City and its Airport Authority and leased to Saunders on a long-term arrangement. With 965’ of water frontage on the ICW, the site is ideal for a full-service vessel repair facility as designed. Customers for the facility are expected to be drawn from the entire northern Gulf Coast, the inland rivers of the US up to the Great Lakes, and from south Florida. Recreational, military, and commercial vessel operators will be served by the complex. Dry dock capacity is designed for vessels up to 150 tons, 120’ in length. (Clark, Geer, Latham & Associates, Inc. of Mobile, AL designed and engineered the project under contract with the City). “We are thrilled to have been selected to construct this exciting new dry dock basin for the city of Gulf Shores and Saunders Yachtworks,” said Seth Smith, project manager for White-Spunner Construction. “This visionary undertaking will create many new jobs as well as stimulate the local economy for years to come.” A groundbreaking ceremony and media event is set for Thursday, April 7 at 4:30 p.m. with a reception to follow hosted by Saunders Yachtworks located at 605 Waterway East Blvd in Gulf Shores, AL. When awarding their grant for the project, EDA characterized the investment as strategic. The agency recognized the project for its private sector collaboration, which would create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs. The project also met several of its mission parameters related to technological innovation, entrepreneurship, and regional economic impact. The marine basin and dry dock will create approximately 180 construction jobs during the 15-month construction phase, Seth Smith of White-Spunner Construction said. Saunders, which currently employs 45 full-time employees at its Orange Beach boatyard, estimates it will add 25 new jobs within two years of opening its Gulf Shores facility. Saunders is a 52-year-old, family-owned company with annual sales of $7 million. Sales are expected to reach $12+ million when the boatyard is fully operational. “This is a future-leaning project,” Andrew Saunders, company chairman said. “It is all about what we can develop into the future by seizing the opportunities of a large regional market. We are combining the major infrastructure capacity of the new yard, with the proven performance history of our company, and presenting that to an expanding regional market. We are confident this will be a winning combination for our company and for the community.” Gulf Shores Mayor Robert Craft said the dry dock would bring many new people to the area, but the partnership with Saunders marks a significant step toward the city’s dual goals of industrial and geographic diversification. “Most of our development has been on the beaches and most of it has been geared toward tourism,” Craft said. “One of our important goals has been to move away from a tourism-based economy on the beaches. Our second coast is the Intracoastal Waterway and this development is a huge step forward in promoting that second coast and our area.” The city of Gulf Shores ultimately will contribute $1,189,600 of matching funds to the project representing a total infrastructure investment of $5,948,000. Saunders Yachtworks already has invested $3.6 million in the Gulf Shores project including land and construction costs. Saunders completed a new 15,000-square-foot headquarters on the Gulf Shores site in 2009 that includes shops, warehouses and offices. The company will invest another $1.2 million for dry dock machinery and lift equipment. White-Spunner Construction will excavate the marine basin; install bulkheads, concrete and timber piers, re-direct storm water from the Jack Edward Airport, and construct structural slabs on grade for travel lifts and boat storage, Smith said. Saunders said he is delighted to be working with White-Spunner Construction. “We are pleased to have a well-known, reputable, local contractor building this project. This is a complex, sophisticated project and White-Spunner has a fine record of success with such projects.”

April 4th,2011
WSC Completes State-of-the-Art “Green” Seafood Waste Processing Plant in Bayou La Batre, Alabama

March 28 ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of nearly $6 million LEEDS certified plant for Gulf Coast Agricultural & Seafood Cooperative Mobile, Alabama (March 23, 2011) – White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art “green” seafood waste processing plant in Bayou La Batre, Ala. The nearly $6 million shrimp and crab waste processing plant for The Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Cooperative, also known as The Coop, will employ a multitude of innovative environmentally friendly methods to process over 5,000 tons of shrimp and crab waste generated annually from coop members’ processing plants in the surrounding area, according to Seth Smith, project manager for White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the plant is set for Monday, March 28. “This amazing environmentally-friendly plant is believed to be one of a kind – the only such plant on the planet,” said Smith. “White-Spunner Construction has long been committed to ‘green’ building practices and this new plant – which employs a plethora of environmentally-friendly methods to process seafood waste – serves as a model for other businesses that aspire to adopt ‘green’ practices. We also remain grateful for the opportunity to partner, as a local construction company with this amazing local project.” Currently during peak seafood season, the 25 southwestern Alabama cooperative members pay to have 100 cubic yards of crab and shrimp waste hauled each day to a landfill. The new plant will process, dehydrate and convert seafood waste into marketable products such as animal feed, organic fertilizer and pottery. The plant also will employ cost-effective, innovative environmental engineering throughout and it is powered by renewable energy sources including solar energy and geothermal technology. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Gulfport, Mississippi and Austin, Texas – broke ground on the $6 million project in May. The 13,000-square-foot facility is LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and features a pre-engineered metal building employing 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 biogas processing system with anaerobic digesters, aerobic lagoons, bio-filters, concrete and steel retention tanks, methane gas bladders, candlestick flares and wetland restorations. The plant, which was built on 10 acres of a 95-acre site near several of Bayou La Batre’s waterfront seafood processing facilities, was designed by CFM Group, LLC of Tuscaloosa, Ala. to provide the greatest environmental benefit possible to the Coop and surrounding community, Smith said. Overall objectives of the project were: • Redirect 5,900 tons annually of shrimp and crab waste from area landfills and recycle it into a beneficial saleable product. • Provide ancillary services making the plant environmentally sustainable. • Reduce odors within the community by removing waste from area plants and processing it quickly. • Have no process wastewater discharges to the environment. • Use to the maximum extent possible, solar, geothermal, and renewable energy sources. • Provide beneficial gray water reuse. • Develop the plant site to provide adjacent habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. To achieve these objectives, the plant was provided with the following systems: • Fully enclosed material loading and processing areas. • Biological reactor for odor control. • Primary anaerobic wastewater treatment to generate biogas. • Secondary and tertiary aerobic and anoxic wastewater to produce cleaned gray water. • Rainwater collection for gray water augmentation. • Geothermal comfort heating and cooling. • Heat recovery from process equipment for plant comfort heating. • Solar collectors for process heat. • Biogas collection for used as process fuel. “White-Spunner Construction is proud of this remarkable ‘green’ project,” Smith said. “Our company has long understood the benefits of environmental-friendly construction. This facility offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the endless possibilities when it comes to LEED-registered ‘green’ structures. White-Spunner Construction leads the way in LEED-certified environmental building and are honored to have consistently received recognition for excellence in quality, safety and as well as building “green.” WSC received the 2009 Excellence in Construction award for its LEED-certified headquarters in Mobile. Also in 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirmed White-Spunner Construction’s self-built corporate headquarters meets LEED Silver certification standards. The 40,000-square-foot, two-story building has proven LEED efficiency with a 20 percent energy savings and 30 percent water savings from the company’s former business location. White-Spunner Construction has also been lauded in Louisiana for an environmental-friendly project. The Muses, an innovative urban residential development in Historic Central City New Orleans, La. offers residents style, convenience and the opportunity to “live green” through its LEED-Silver designation—the first property of its kind to earn this bold designation in the state of Louisiana.

February 17th,2011
Gulfport Municipal Complex - Nearly $22 Million Project Completed On Schedule

White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed the beautiful new Gulfport Municipal Complex. The general contracting, design build and construction management firm – with branch offices in Austin, Texas and Gulfport, Miss – broke ground on the $21.829 million Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center in May 2009 and completed the structure just 17 months later on October 29, 2010. The 78,690-square foot, three-story public safety building features a structural steel frame with architectural pre-cast exterior walls and a large missile impact window system. The building houses municipal courtrooms, the police headquarters and processing center for the City of Gulfport, MS. “The men and women of the Gulfport Police Department are proud of the modern new Public Safety Center, which is one of the finest in the Southeast. We are pleased to name the facility in honor of Lt. Rob Curry. We could not be more satisfied with White-Spunner Construction and their willingness to work as a team to ensure that the facility will meet the city’s needs now and in the future,” said Chief Alan Weatherford of the Gulfport Police Department. The structure, which also includes the Gulfport Police Department’s Dispatch/Communications Center, is designed to: 1. Meet stringent 200-mph wind requirements, 2. Comply with FEMA 361 requirements, and 3. Serve as a first responder’s shelter for emergency support during hurricane or emergency events. The innovative complex is self-supporting in the event of power failure. During an electrical outage, the building’s sewer service, climate control system and electrical system will continue to function independently for up to 36 hours. “Having such a great team and excellent owners to work with made for a very successful project,” said White-Spunner Construction Project Manager Rodney Glessner. “White-Spunner Construction is honored to work with the City of Gulfport and appreciates the opportunity to continue to assist them in their growth.” Special features of the building include an attractive exterior that showcases white architectural pre-cast panels with ornate details. Two municipal courtrooms as well as the lobby feature elaborate wood paneling and wood trim. Several rooms and offices in the police headquarters are named in memory of former police officers. White-Spunner faced several challenges while working on the project. “With this project, we’ve continued to expand our skills as a contractor who can find innovative solutions on the spot,” Glessner said. “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.” 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 said. “One of the most impressive or innovative things that I thought WSC did was to provide live video feed via the web of the construction of the complex. We were able to observe the construction progress live shortly after the ground breaking ceremony up until the pre-cast exterior walls were in place. As the Court Administrator and Court Clerk, I was able to share this construction experience with my other colleagues around the state”, said Odell Thompson, Court Administrator. “There was never a time that I called the WSC project manager or spoke with a member of his team that I did not get my questions answered or concerns resolved. The professionalism shown throughout this project with all of the issues and concerns was exceptional. The WSC team did a number of things that really makes this Municipal Court complex stand out from others. For example, chair railing was installed throughout the complex to match the wood interior. It is amazing what that one little detail did to further accent the interior of the facility.” 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 and nearby railroad tracks. “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,” said Gulfport Program Manager, Robyn Eastman, of Broaddus & Associates. “In my 33 years of managing construction projects, I have never met a more responsive contractor. I sincerely hope to work with them again.”

February 7th,2011
White-Spunner Construction completes nearly $8.5 million Eastern Shore Hyundai dealership

Mobile-based firm recently finished gleaming glass & stucco showroom & service center in Daphne Mobile, Alabama (February 7, 2011) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed a sparkling new full-service Hyundai dealership in Daphne. The new Hyundai dealership is located at 29736 Frederick Boulevard, just off Interstate 10, alongside the Toyota dealership. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm – with branch offices in Austin, Texas and Gulfport, Miss – acquired the project award by offering the most competitive bid. They broke ground on Eastern Shore Hyundai in December 2009 and completed the project last month. The construction part of the project was $4,249,470 and came in on time and within budget. They were pleased to have the opportunity to employ key local construction personnel to complete this project. “White-Spunner Construction is excited to have helped Eastern Shore Hyundai create this beautiful new dealership for their customers,” said WSC Project Manager Ben Harris. “The luxurious new showroom and new vehicle service center are gorgeous, state-of-the art enhancements to an already successful dealership.” The 32,455 square-foot stucco and glass structure features elaborate, gleaming custom-made floor tiles in the showroom, a special waiting area for Genesis, Equus and Vera Cruz customers, as well as a full service department with in-ground hydraulic vehicle lift equipment, said Lanny Russell with Zito Russell Architects in Mobile. “We provided a high quality building with an interesting use of materials and design,” said Russell. “The President/Owner of Eastern Shore Hyundai, Shawn Esfahani, requested particular finishes and we were able to oblige with nice materials throughout.” The main project challenge for both White-Spunner Construction and Zito Russell Architects was creating a totally new look. “Mr. Esfahani received special permission to have the dealership look more like a retail center instead of a normal design automobile dealership,” Harris said. Esfahani emphasized the importance of achieving a design for the project that was consistent with the community’s architecture as well as complimentary to his neighboring Toyota dealership, Russell said. “He wanted the new dealership to have a look that fit the Eastern Shore and which blended with his adjacent Toyota dealership,” Russell added. The dealership was designed with customer comfort and satisfaction in mind, Esfahani said. “I wanted the store to feel warm and inviting so that customers would want to come in and see the great new product that Hyundai is providing, and to have a very comfortable environment while they were visiting with us,” he said. “David Zuchowski, Sr. V.P. of Hyundai Motor Corp, was instrumental in approving the facility and recognizing our wishes to be ahead of other Hyundai dealers with a design that is consistent with customers needs now and in the future.” Mr. Esfahani said that his association with White-Spunner Construction and Zito Russell Architects has been a great partnership. “I have built other dealerships in the past and I have to tell you that this one had the fewest problems and their associates were the easiest to work with,” he said.

January 26th,2011
White-Spunner Construction retrofitting Biloxi’s public safety complex to meet FEMA wind standards

Mobile-based construction firm carefully working around 200 police and fire employees, allowing operations to run smoothly despite renovations Biloxi, Mississippi (January 26, 2011) - Imagine performing a million dollar renovation on a building that houses 200 police and fire department employees. Since October, White-Spunner Construction Inc. has been doing just that as they carry out an exterior performance upgrade for the City of Biloxi’s Lopez-Quave Public Safety Center. The general contracting, design build and construction management company is installing a new roof system, windows, doors, exterior sealants, coatings, stucco soffits and exterior light fixture replacements – all designed to meet Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) wind resistance requirements, said Seth Dunne, project manager for White-Spunner Construction. The $1.041 million Wind Retro Fit project began October 25, 2010 and is slated for completion on April 25, 2011. “This facility remains in use on a daily basis,” said Dunne. “But White-Spunner Construction is carefully working around the building’s 200 or so tenants, making sure not to interrupt their workday. We are excited to be able to assist the city of Biloxi in making these needed upgrades without affecting productivity for these public servants.” City of Biloxi Assistant Police Chief Linda Atterberry said she appreciates White-Spunner’s professionalism and consideration for employees’ work schedules. “The work they are performing has been very non-intrusive,” she said. “They let us know in advance what they are going to be doing and where they are going to be working. Everything is going very well. I have been extremely pleased with the system and all the representatives with White-Spunner. I think they are going to do a bang-up job for us.” The 11-year-old, three-story, concrete public safety center is located at 170 Porter Avenue, two blocks off U.S. 90, north of the Biloxi Lighthouse. The complex houses administration for the city of Biloxi’s police and fire departments, including the entire police patrol division as well as a working fire department, Atterberry said. The structure was built in 2000 at a cost of $9.1 million and offers 66,000-square feet of space. The complex withstood Hurricane Katrina, but upgrades were needed in anticipation for future storms, Atterberry said. “We wanted to bring it up to FEMA standards for potential storms in the future,” she said. Architects from Watermark Design Group, LLC, of Mobile, worked with White-Spunner Construction on the project.

January 11th,2011
White-Spunner Construction Leads the Way in LEED-Certified Environmental Building

Mobile, Alabama (January 6, 2011) – The construction company with its own “green headquarters” is helping clients achieve the same. White-Spunner Construction, Inc. announces the completion of The Muses, an innovative urban residential development in Historic Central City New Orleans, LA. Boasting 263 apartment units in two, four-story buildings, The Muses offers residents style, convenience and the opportunity to “live green” through its LEED-Silver designation—the first property of its kind to earn this bold designation in the state of Louisiana. The Muses meets LEED standards by incorporating the following amenities/features: • Infill development with existing infrastructure on previously developed land near public transit • Compact density and reduced parking with permeable paving • Whole-building energy optimization and efficient appliances • Low- and no-VOC paints, sealants and adhesives • Direct outside venting of kitchens and bathrooms, highest-rated air filters But as The Muses proves, living green doesn’t mean living without. Residents will enjoy every modern convenience, including an on-site fitness center, two community rooms, private parking, two playgrounds, two grilling areas and wireless Internet access throughout. Replacing 4.8 acres of vacant land with new construction, The Muses was built in two phases. Phase I was completed in September 2010 at a cost of $25.7 million. “White-Spunner Construction has a proven commitment to environmentally-friendly construction. They have assisted our designers with innovative solutions throughout the project to ensure The Muses earns its LEED designation. We couldn’t be more pleased,” says Kathy Laborde, President Gulf Coast Housing Partnership, Owner/Developer.

October 19th,2010
White-Spunner Construction completes $32 million USA Student Recreation Center

State-of-the-art full service recreation facility boasts 117,000 square feet of sports & health activities Mobile, Alabama (October 19, 2010) - White-Spunner Construction Inc. recently completed all finishing touches on the new, state-of-the-art, full service University of South Alabama (USA) Student Recreation Center in Mobile, AL. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management company completed the sprawling $32 million facility in September, 2010 on schedule welcoming new, currently enrolled and returning students as well as faculty and staff with more than 117,000 square feet of sports and health activities. “White-Spunner Construction is thrilled to have constructed this amazing facility for USA,” said Brandon J. Miller, project manager for White-Spunner Construction. “The center will provide students and faculty with multiple opportunities for exercise, recreation and sporting events, but it also will greatly enhance student life on campus. Studies show recreation centers help colleges recruit and retain students – and this facility will certainly serve as a showpiece amenity for an already impressive college campus.” The spacious sports facility includes, but is not limited to four indoor basketball courts, indoor soccer area; 1/10 mile elevated indoor running track, multi-level rock climbing wall, as well as separate cardio, spinning, free weight, and multi-purpose rooms. The center also offers a full service smoothie and snack bar, table tennis area, men's and women's sauna, locker rooms, showers and dressing areas. Located on the USA campus at Old Shell Road and Stadium Drive in Mobile, AL and adjacent to dormitories and a new dining hall, the USA Student Recreation Center also includes aerobic rooms, racquetball courts, weight rooms, indoor and outdoor pools. The indoor saltwater pool will be 75 feet long with six lanes. The outdoor pool for intramural water polo and volleyball and is equipped with a 14-foot-deep diving tank. A hot tub and sunbathing deck are also outdoors. “The Student Recreation Center is an amazing facility. It provides a positive, wholesome environment for members of our university community to participate in fitness and recreational activities of all sorts. The Student Recreation Center offers a healthy social setting for our students. I believe that it will help our students to develop lifelong patterns of fitness, health, and wellness,” states Dr. Philip A. Theodore, Director of Campus Recreation. Additionally, the project boasts a true "Domed Ellipse" which covers the free weight area. The Ellipse is constructed using exposed heavy laminated wood trusses decked with structural tongue and groove cypress. The same structural wood trusses and decking cover the indoor saltwater pool. Miller said the Ellipses were a construction challenge as were the preservation of five 100-year-old Live Oak trees. “It has been a challenge to protect both the limbs and the roots during the entire construction process,” said Miller, adding that building an approximately 7,500 square-foot deck around the trees in the facility’s courtyard preserved the majestic oaks. White-Spunner Construction, Inc. broke ground on the project in August 2008 after USA’s board of trustees’ executive committee approved the work for completion this summer.

October 15th,2010
White-Spunner Construction completes “Polo Barn” in Point Clear

New polo barn provides top-notch accommodations for 24 polo horses and staff Point Clear, AL (October 11, 2010) - White-Spunner Construction Inc. recently completed a state-of-the-art, luxurious “Polo Barn” in Point Clear, Ala. The energy efficient equestrian facility boasts 16,660 roof-covered square feet for 24 horses and staff. This newly completed complex is located on Hwy 32, east of Hwy 181 in Point Clear, AL – an area that is home to local and international polo players, their families and friends as well as polo enthusiasts. “We are proud to have been chosen to construct this beautiful polo barn,” said Ben Harris, project manager of the Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction. “This structure will provide everything that polo players, their horses and staff could ever need or want.” Currently, the complex is the venue for the Eastern Shore’s most prestigious charity sporting events including Polo at the Point, Chukkars for Charity and the Kentucky Derby. The barn, built with rough-sawn heavy timber construction, is as functional and inviting as it is elaborate. The building features rough-sawn cypress board and batten siding and “Old Chicago” brick as the exterior envelope. All interior walls and ceilings are heart pine and all exterior ceilings are heart pine as well, adding to the warm feeling of the facility, Harris said. Other features of the barn include: · Twenty four European style horse stalls · Two horse grooming areas · 800 square-foot tack room · 800 square-foot lounge with full kitchen · Two 2,000 square-foot lofts (unfinished) · Three full bathrooms and one half bathroom · Two laundry rooms · Therapeutic sports tub · Walk-in cooler · Breezeway with outdoor kitchen · Large fire pit · Built-in electric pressure washer for quick cleaning · On-demand tankless water heaters · Installed water well for domestic water supply and irrigation

October 12th,2010
$24.5 million Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma Completed by White-Spunner Construction

A new state-of-the art Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center built by White-Spunner Construction, Inc. wowed Alabama Gov. Bob Riley and other state officials when it officially opened recently. The $24.5 million center located adjacent to Wallace Community College will train and house Alabama state troopers and corrections officers. The facility also will conduct in-service training and police training for local, city and county departments as well as other state agencies. This modern world-class center replaces the former training facility at Craig Field in Selma, where fighter pilots were trained over a period of three wars. That outdated facility was housed in 1950s-era buildings whose leaky roofs and constant need of repair had become too costly to maintain. The firing range will continue to be housed at the Craig Field site, but everything else has been moved to the community college site, where manicured landscaping surrounds the buildings. “This new training facility is something Alabama has needed for a long time,” Gov. Riley stated at the recent ceremony. “Our law enforcement officers deserve the best training center we can provide, and this new center is state-of-the-art.” Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction, Inc. – a general contracting, design build and construction management firm with branch offices in Austin, TX and Gulfport, MS - completed the project on schedule and within budget in August of this year despite heavy rain last fall and winter that threatened to slow construction. “White-Spunner Construction is honored to have been involved in this exciting project,” said John White-Spunner, CEO, White-Spunner Construction. “We are very proud of this facility and it is especially nice to receive accolades from Governor Riley and other state officials upon its opening.” In April 2009, the award-winning general contracting, design-build and construction management company broke ground on the training facility that features a campus complex of six buildings covering more than 100,000 square feet. The new training center has two academic buildings - one for trainees with the Department of Public Safety and one for those with the Department of Corrections. The Department of Public Safety Academic Building is 14,012 square feet with six classrooms and firearms training simulator. The Department of Corrections Academic Building is 12,072 square feet with three classrooms and a firearms vault. Each of the two departments has a 33,803-square-foot dormitory with 75 sleeping units, and the new training center has a dining that is 8,025 square feet and seating for 200. The Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center was built with funds from the 2007 education bond issue. (Photo: John White-Spunner and Gov. Bob Riley) State officials who walked through the facility on Thursday used words like "wow," "fantastic" and "unbelievable" to describe it. At the ribbon-cutting ceremony, Riley said he would put the facility up against any comparable training center "in the world." "This is a fantastic facility," said Riley, who took part in a walking tour of the main training building, stopping to try his hand at a $156,000 driving simulator.