October 10th,2010
White-Spunner Construction awarded $2.87 million bid to build new ROOMS TO GO showroom and sales facility in Destin, FL

Mobile-based firm announces ground-breaking on the furniture giant’s retail facility on October 4 Mobile, Alabama (October 8, 2010) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. has been awarded a $2.87 million bid to build a 30,000 SF adult furniture showroom and sales facility for furniture giant, ROOMS TO GO, in Destin, Fla. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Austin, Texas, Raleigh, N.C. and Gulfport, Miss. - broke ground on the $2,877,747 facility on October 4. The store/showroom is slated for completion in April 22, 2011. “We are thrilled to be working once again on another ROOMS TO GO construction project,” said White-Spunner Construction Project Manager Judson Chason. “ROOMS TO GO is the leading furniture company in the U.S. and we are honored to be a part of the continued growth of this wonderful company. This is another great retail project for a repeat customer that is close to our home office; it is a much welcomed addition to our project list.” Chason anticipates some challenges in the ROOMS TO GO project, including a compressed schedule and winter weather, but he contends White-Spunner is prepared to meet those challenges. “We are very familiar with this type of building project and expect to successfully complete this project within budget and on time, exceeding our client’s expectations of quality and service,” Chason said. On August 30, White-Spunner Construction broke ground on a 32,000 square-foot adult and kids furniture showroom and sales facility for ROOMS TO GO in Gulfport, MS. The nearly $3.5 million facility construction site located at 10325 Old Hwy 49 in Gulfport is expected to be completed by March 24, 2011. Additionally, White-Spunner Construction recently completed a massive distribution center for ROOMS TO GO. The $40 million facility sits on 62 acres in Pearl River, LA, and services ROOMS TO GO stores throughout the Gulf Coast, from Baton Rouge to Pensacola, Fla. Founded in 1991, ROOMS TO GO has grown into America’s No. 1 independent furniture company with the nation’s largest furniture inventory. The company offers one-stop stylish furniture shopping, offering everyday low prices, original room packages, superior service and fast delivery. ROOMS TO GO introduced the concept of displaying and packaging furniture in complete room settings.

September 21st,2010
White-Spunner Construction Set to Build 32,000 SF Rooms To Go Facility

Furniture Showroom & Sales Facility for Furniture Giant ROOMS TO GO Mobile, Alabama (September 13, 2010) – White-Spunner Construction has been awarded a contract to build a 32,000 SF adult and kids furniture showroom and sales facility for furniture giant, ROOMS TO GO in Gulfport, MS. The nearly $3.5 million facility is located at 10325 Old Hwy 49 in Gulfport. Ground-breaking took place on August 30, 2010 with an anticipated completion date of March 24, 2011. White-Spunner Construction Project Manager, David Purvis anticipates some challenges involved with the project including a confined, high exposure site, as well as, working around the existing utilities. “WSC’s experience and familiarity with this type of building project and the local environment has prepared us to successfully complete this project implementing the highest standards, within budget and on-time,” explains Purvis. Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction recently completed a massive distribution center for ROOMS TO GO, one of the largest furniture retailers in the U.S. The $40 million facility sits on 62 acres in Pearl River, LA, and services ROOMS TO GO stores throughout the Gulf Coast, from Baton Rouge to Pensacola, FL.

September 16th,2010
White-Spunner Construction completes nearly $3.2 million parking deck for City of Bay St. Louis

Mobile-based firm finishes two-story structure in one-year, allowing space for future civic center on third deck Mobile, AL (September tbd, 2010) White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed a two-story parking deck for the city of Bay St. Louis, MS laying the groundwork and creating space for a future civic center on the building’s third floor. The Mobile, AL -based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Austin, TX, Raleigh, N.C. and Gulfport, MS - broke ground on the $3,182,922 parking garage in August 2009 and recently completed the project in August of this year. The 31,680-square-foot concrete and steel structure with 100 parking spaces in the garage and 22 on the surface features solar panels, power backup, and pile foundation. The project also includes an exposed cast in-place “planked finish,” plastic underground rainwater collection tank for irrigation purposes. Other notable features include “green screen” panels to create a “Living Wall” where plants will grow along wire panels to create a green landscape. “All rainwater from the parking deck is collected in a tank and used for irrigating the plants,” said Seth Smith, project manager for White-Spunner Construction. White-Spunner Construction met numerous project challenges in building the structure including removal of existing jail facilities and foundation, unknown conditions, tight working space, heavy rebar structure construction and various design changes. “We faced many challenges in the building of this parking deck,” stated Smith. “White-Spunner is pleased to have met all of them head on, staying within budget and finishing the project on time. We feel that the entire Bay St. Louis community will be proud of this new parking deck, which provides space for a future civic center on the third tier.”

September 16th,2010
White-Spunner Construction Awarded $2.9 million Bid to Build New Academy Sports + Outdoors Store in Weslaco, Texas

Mobile-based firm breaks ground on 71,000-square-foot sporting goods retail center in September Mobile, Alabama (September tbd 2010) - White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently was awarded a $2.9 million bid to build a 71,000-square-foot store for one of the nation’s leading sporting goods retailers. The Mobile, AL-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Austin, Texas, Raleigh, N.C. and Gulfport, Miss. – has broken ground on the Academy Sports + Outdoors store in Weslaco, Texas this month. “The project – set on an 8-acre site - includes all site work, utilities, parking areas and building construction,” said Ray Parker, senior project manager for White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The building is Academy’s proto-typical concrete tilt wall construction. The store is slated for completion within 150 days, or by February 2011. “White-Spunner has built 15 Academy stores to date and we value our long-term relationship with them,” said Parker. “We look forward to doing more stores for Academy, as they continue to expand in these tough economic times.” Academy Sports + Outdoors is one of the nation’s largest sporting goods retailers, operating over 100 stores across the southeastern United States. The retailer has continued to expand by offering the sports and outdoors enthusiast a broad selection of equipment, apparel, and footwear at everyday low prices. A leader in the sporting goods industry, Academy Sports + Outdoors ranks among the highest in sales per store and highest sales per square foot of any other sporting goods retailer in the country. The company boasts a compounded annual sales growth rate of 17% over the past ten years. The retail company’s newly expanded distribution center spans more than a million square feet of processing and inventory space, and operates day and night to supply various store locations with merchandise. Future expansion plans include opening additional store locations throughout the Southeastern region of the United States, including the new store in Weslaco, Texas. About White-Spunner Construction White-Spunner Construction, Inc. is a general contracting, design build and construction management company based in Mobile, Alabama, with branch offices in Gulfport, MS, Austin, TX, and Raleigh, NC. 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 institutional, multi-family, industrial, commercial and healthcare projects. White-Spunner Construction strives to maintain long-term owner relationships by striving to complete every project on schedule and within budget. For more information, contact Hugh McCoy at 800.471.5189.

August 30th,2010
White-Spunner Construction helps to provide facelift for RSA Towers

Mobile-based construction firm is replacing windows on Alabama’s second tallest building Mobile, Alabama (August 27, 2010) White-Spunner Construction is helping to give the second tallest building in Alabama a dramatic facelift. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management company is replacing all the windows in the 34-story RSA-Bank Trust Building as part of the structure’s overall transformation. Retirement Systems of Alabama (RSA), which owns the landmark structure, awarded White Spunner Construction a bid for $2,447,747 to replace outdated windows with longer, more modern versions featuring a blue mirror tint. Like the neighboring Battle House, the structure - formerly known as the GM building and the AmSouth building - will display a colorful light show on the building at night. Windows are being replaced from the seventh floor to the 34th floor, which is home to the renowned Bienville Club. The bottom six floors of the structure, located at 107 St. Francis Street, consist of the parking garage and do not need window replacements. White-Spunner Construction began work on the project March 15 and the job is slated for completion August 2011. “White-Spunner Construction is carefully working around the building’s 40 tenants, making sure not to interrupt their workday,” said Judson Chason, project manager for White Spunner Construction. “We are very excited about playing a role in providing a fresh new look to this Mobile landmark.”

August 26th,2010
White-Spunner Construction Awarded National and State Recognition for Workplace Safety

Mobile-based construction firm consistently ranks high for its excellent safety record White-Spunner Construction Inc. - one of the top contractors in the nation and southern central United States - recently received multiple awards for spotless workplace safety records. The Mobile, AL-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Austin, TX, Raleigh, NC and Gulfport, MS. ¡V recently won five national and state awards for achieving the highest standards of excellence for workplace safety in 2010 and 2009. The recent awards include: „X 2010 Excellence in Construction Award for the USA Allied Heath & Nursing Building awarded by Associated Builders and Contractors „X 2010 Zero Lost Time Award bestowed by the North Carolina Department of Labor „X 2010 Platinum Level Safety Award of Excellence awarded by the national office of Associated Builders and Contractors „X 2009 Certificate of Commendation for Excellent Safety Record awarded by the national office of Associated General Contractors „X 2009 Certificate of Safety Achievement awarded by the North Carolina Department of Labor Year after year, White-Spunner Construction is lauded for its stellar safety record, and the awards continue that tradition of excellence, said Torrey Garrison, Corporate Safety Director for White-Spunner Construction. ¡§White-Spunner Construction is honored to have received these accolades praising our safety record,¡¨ Garrison said. ¡§We work extremely hard each and every day to make certain that the highest standards of workplace safety are met, and it means so much to be recognized for our diligence in ensuring a safe work environment.¡¨ White-Spunner Construction - one of the top 400 contractors in the U.S. and one of the top 20 contractors in the southern central U.S. - has a 30-year history of meeting the highest workplace safety standards. ¡§We are proud of our excellent safety record at White-Spunner Construction, where safety always comes first,¡¨ stated Garrison.

August 25th,2010
White-Spunner Construction Building Three FEMA 361 Storm Shelters in Harrison County, Mississippi

Mobile-based company is slated to finish the shelters in time for hurricane season 2011 Mobile, Alabama (August 24, 2010) By the time hurricane season hits this time next year, Harrison County, Mississippi – which was devastated by Hurricane Katrina in 2005 - will have three new shelters designed to weather any storm. In May of this year, White-Spunner Construction broke ground on the Federal Emergency Management Agency shelters that meet the agency’s stringent 361 guidelines for tornado and hurricane shelters. The $11.7 million project is set for completion in June 2011, in time for next year’s hurricane season, said Seth Smith, project manager for the Mobile-based construction company. “The shelters' design had to be coordinated with FEMA to ensure that the construction is in accordance with FEMA 361, Design and Construction Guidance for Community Shelters,” Smith said. “White-Spunner has acquired its 361 certification and we are excited about providing the residents of Harrison County with three safe havens that will withstand the worst weather conditions.” Each of the three 14,724 square-foot facilities will accommodate 1,000 people for the short-term and 676 evacuees for the long-term, said Mike Wilson, director of maintenance for Harrison County. The shelters – located in Saucier, Lyman and Pass Christian – also feature storm-proof windows and doors and their own self-contained water and sewer systems, Wilson said. The goal of the FEMA guidelines is to provide "near-absolute" protection from death or serious injury, taking into consideration the durability and sustainability of the entire shelter, including walls, roofs, openings and area arrangement. Harrison County suffered catastrophic effects from both Hurricane Camille in August 1969 and Hurricane Katrina in August 2005. The county - which includes the large coastal cities of Biloxi and Gulfport and the smaller coastal towns of Long Beach and Pass Christian - was hit particularly hard by Hurricane Katrina’s Category 5 winds and 30-foot storm surge. The storm surge wiped out 90 percent of the buildings along the Biloxi-Gulfport coastline. Long Beach and Pass Christian were leveled and the bridge between Bay St. Louis and Pass Christian was damaged by Hurricane Katrina. Harrison County, Hancock County and Jackson County were the Mississippi coastal counties most severely impacted by the hurricane, with Harrison County suffering the most deaths in Mississippi at 126 confirmed dead. Thirty of the confirmed deaths in Harrison County occurred at the St. Charles apartment complex, which reportedly collapsed with dozens of residents inside. Deaths also were reported at the Quiet Water Beach apartments. “We hope and pray that the residents of Mississippi never have to endure another hurricane like Katrina,” Smith said. “But in the unfortunate and likely event that powerful hurricanes will hit Harrison County in the future, these three FEMA shelters will provide residents with lifesaving protection, preventing unnecessary deaths and injuries.” Wilson said White-Spunner Construction has exceeded his expectations on the project. “White-Spunner has been a joy to work with,” he said. “I’ve worked with contractors before, during and after Katrina and White-Spunner Construction is a step above them all. They are a fantastic company to work with. If there is something you don’t understand, they will stop and explain what they are doing and why they are doing it. They go above and beyond the call of duty.” The Saucier shelter will be at Saucier Lizana Road. The Lyman shelter will be on County Farm Road and the Pass Christian shelter is being built at Labouy Road.

August 23rd,2010
Prichard Preparatory School Grateful for $10,300 Donation

Donation paves the way for much-needed sidewalks, landscaping, site filling, drainage pipe and portable classroom transportation at school that relies on community contributions Mobile, Alabama (August 19, 2010) It has been said it takes a village to raise a child. This is certainly true at Prichard Preparatory School (PPS). Situated in the predominantly black, low-income North Mobile County, the independent elementary school offers an oasis of learning and character development for students who otherwise might fall through the cracks at large public schools. At PPS, students in kindergarten through fifth grade receive state-of-the art instruction in small classes by highly qualified teachers in a safe environment conducive to learning. They also are educated academically, spiritually and culturally in preparation for their pursuit of collegiate degrees. “It is a life-changing experience for the child,” said the school’s principal, Rosalie Howley. “For many children, having the opportunity to attend our school means the difference between success and failure – and breaking the cycle of poverty.” But the school, which nearly doubled its enrollment from last year when it welcomed 60 students August 9, relies heavily on corporate and individual contributions to serve its students. “Donations are the only way we can get things done,” Howley said. That’s why the school is grateful for donors like White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm recently donated $10,300 which included materials and labor to perform much needed site work, drainage pipe and improvements on the campus. White-Spunner Construction’s contribution was used to provide landscaping, bring in dirt to fill potholes, pave sidewalks from the school’s main building to two portables or “learning cottages,” and double the size of a concrete patio. “Their contributions have also allowed us to purchase more technology for Prichard Prep. We now have SmartBoard technology in every classroom and have added a computer lab,” states Howley. “The sidewalks were so important because that area was dirt and it became quite messy when it rained,” Howley said. “By bringing in fill dirt, White-Spunner Construction also fixed some low areas that collected water. White-Spunner’s improvements are going to help the campus – not only in appearance – but now students won’t have to trudge through potholes when it rains - and this is Mobile so it rains a lot here. The first day of school, it rained, so it was wonderful having the sidewalks.” White-Spunner Construction feels blessed to be able to provide this recent contribution, said Jeff Carrico, project manager for WSC. “White-Spunner Construction is humbled to have the resources to help this special school and we encourage other area businesses and individuals to contribute to its continued success,” Carrico said. White-Spunner Construction has a history of supporting the Prichard Preparatory School, donating the initial $5,000 of the total contribution and serving as one of the main sponsors of a recent benefit that featured New York Times bestselling author, Andy Andrews. Matt White, president of White-Spunner and Associates, is a dedicated member of the school’s board of directors, Howley said. “We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for people like White-Spunner,” Howley said. Sandy Stimpson, chairman of the school’s board of directors, said donations like the one provided recently by White-Spunner Construction are crucial to the school’s success. “We absolutely could not run the school without contributions from individuals and corporate entities and foundations,” said Stimpson, executive vice president of Scotch & Gulf Lumber LLC. “All improvements have to be funded through contributions as does our tuition assistance program. Presently, since all students are receiving tuition assistance, we have to raise a lot of money each month.” Howley said it costs the school about $8,500 annually to educate each student and the school is always in need of donations to help with structural, instructional and operating expenses. Students also are in need of sponsorships. Often, families and local churches must pool resources to scrape together the $2,000 annual per-student tuition, she said. “Sometimes, they pay $50 a week,” Howley said. “But they do what it takes because they want their children to get out of this poverty cycle and this is one way of doing it - through education. We are always looking for sponsors – churches, retired folks and others who can help pay tuition for kids that just can’t afford it.” PPS serves as a feeder school for college preparatory schools in the area, giving disadvantaged children a leg-up to attend St. Paul’s, St. Luke’s, UMS Wright, and ultimately college, Howley said. “We want to put them on a pathway to a college education,” she said. “To convince them they are smart enough and they have what it takes to succeed.” About Prichard Preparatory School Officially established in 2008, Prichard Preparatory School (PPS) is an independent elementary school in North Mobile, Alabama that provides students with a unique opportunity to reach their potential through a life-fulfilling academic, spiritual and cultural education. The school’s mission is to educate students academically, spiritually, and culturally and to develop their character through Biblical principals in preparation for the pursuit of collegiate degrees. For more information, contact Rosalie Howley, PPS Principal at 251.456.1234.

July 30th,2010
White-Spunner Construction Wins Nearly $1 billion in U.S. Military Construction Contracts

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers selects joint venture partnership between Mobile-based builder and G&M Associates of Nashville to participate in two Multiple Award Task Order Contracts Mobile, Alabama (July 28, 2010) Mobile-based White-Spunner Construction, Inc. and G&M Associates of Nashville have been selected to participate in nearly $1 billion in U.S. military construction contracts. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, Mobile District, recently announced that the joint venture partnership between the two firms had been selected along with six other firms to participate in two separate Multiple Award Task Order Contracts. “These two awards from the Corps are further confirmation of our strategy to become a first-class builder of U.S. military facilities throughout the world,” said Hugh A. McCoy, managing director for White-Spunner Construction. “In association with our joint venture partner, we can’t wait to get started.” The two Multiple Award Task Order Contracts are to provide design/build and construction services on various military installations throughout the southeast United States. The renewable contract awards are for a period of five years, and mark a first for White-Spunner Construction, an award-winning general contracting, design build and construction management firm. “This is our first government contract for the U.S. military,” McCoy said. Under the contracts, White-Spunner Construction and G&M Associates will handle construction projects as they arise at various military installations throughout the southeast, including U.S. Air Force and U.S. Army bases. “We will provide our services to build anything they need at those installations,” said McCoy. “These projects could include building a road leading to a base or construction of a hospital, an infirmary, a cafeteria or enlisted officers’ quarters.” The contracts save time for the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers because bidding is done only once, allowing contractors hired for the job to respond quickly once needs arise, McCoy said. “It expedites the whole process for the federal government because they have already completed solicitation for contractors and the money is already there for the projects,” McCoy added. The dual government contracts, which each total nearly $500 million, constitute a win-win for White-Spunner Construction and G&M Associates. The contractors entered into a protégé/mentor agreement a year ago and have been pursuing joint venture projects all over the world. To successfully acquire these contracts, they needed each other. G&M Associates, in business for 10 years, was eligible for the federal dollars because it is a small minority-owned firm. White-Spunner Construction, one of the top 400 contractors in the U.S. and one of the top 20 contractors in the southern central U.S., brought 30 years of experience to the table. “They were eligible for the contracts because they are a small minority business, and they needed us, the larger construction company, for their bonding capabilities and project experience record,” McCoy said. “The partnership has been good for everybody.” About G&M/White-Spunner Construction The G&M/White-Spunner Construction Joint Venture is a full-service contractor with 8(a) designation from the Small Business Administration. The Joint Venture is also a qualified HUBZone and has extensive bonding capacity. The partnership’s expert team has worked with the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, the U.S. Department of the Navy, Tennessee Department of Transportation and Tennessee Air & National Guard. About White-Spunner Construction White-Spunner Construction, Inc. is a general contracting, design build and construction management company based in Mobile, Alabama, with branch offices in Austin, TX, Raleigh, NC and Gulfport, MS. 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 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. For more information, contact Hugh McCoy at 800.471.5189.

June 15th,2010
White-Spunner Construction Nearing Completion of New Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma

The $25 million state-of-the-art training facility for the Department of Public Safety and Department of Corrections is slated for completion in August White-Spunner Construction Inc. is pleased to announce that it is nearing completion of a new state-of-the-art Alabama Criminal Justice Training Center in Selma. The $25 million facility adjacent to Wallace Community College will train and house trooper recruits for the Department of Public Safety and correction officers for the Department of Corrections. In addition, the facility will conduct in-service training and police training for local, city and county departments as well as other state agencies, said the project’s program manager, J. Ronald Blount, president of JRB Associates, Inc. of Montgomery. “With the cooperation of Seay Seay & Litchfield of Montgomery, the project architects, White-Spunner Construction, and the many subcontractors, we are on our way to producing a first class facility for the Department of Public Safety that is sorely needed,” Blount said. Just over a year ago in April of 2009, White-Spunner Construction broke ground on the training facility that features a campus of six buildings covering more than 100,000 square feet, including two dorms, two academic buildings, a dining hall and a fitness center. The award-winning Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management company expects to complete the project on schedule and within budget despite heavy rain in the fall and winter that threatened to slow construction. “This excessive rainfall resulted in more planning and scheduling by all parties involved to reduce its impact on the project schedule,” said Ron Yaeger, project manager for White-Spunner Construction. A 2007 education bond issue funded the new training center. The new facility replaces the current training center at Craig Field, which has buildings dating back to 1950, including a condemned gymnasium. The new training center complex will include: • Department of Corrections Dorm Building. The three-story, 75-room dorm will span 33,803 square feet • Department of Public Safety Dorm Building featuring the same specifications as the Department of Corrections Dorm • A one-story Department of Corrections Academic Building • A one-story Department of Public Safety Academic Building • Dining Hall Building, which includes 8,025 square feet spanning a one-story structure • Fitness Center Building, a one-story, 4,916 square feet facility In addition, White-Spunner Construction is fast approaching the completion of another public safety facility, the Robert J. Curry Public Safety Center in downtown Gulfport, Miss. The $22-million project is slated for completion in October, just 18 months after the groundbreaking.