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.