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.”