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.