Mobile-based construction company to break ground on 320,000 square-foot facility this month Mobile, Alabama (May 18, 2010) White-Spunner Construction Inc. was recently awarded the bid to construct the new Ocean Springs High School. The Mobile-based general contracting, build to suit, design build and construction management company will break ground on the $37.25 million, 320,000-square-foot school this month. The facility is projected to be finished within 22 months - March, 2012. The Ocean Springs School Board selected White-Spunner on April 30 as the official low and responsive bidder over a Mississippi-based construction company whose bid came in at only $100,000 more. ¡§Although White-Spunner was viewed as an out-of-state, non-resident contractor, we consider ourselves local and have many roots and strong ties to Mississippi," said Allan Gustin, WSC Project Executive. "White-Spunner Construction has worked on many construction projects on the Mississippi Gulf Coast throughout the years. Many of our staff members, including the company president and other administrative personnel, actually grew up in Mississippi with family members still residing on the MS Gulf Coast. Five key management employees of WSC tenure construction degrees from the University of Southern Mississippi's Building Science Program." "We are excited about this wonderful opportunity to provide a successful project to a new owner that has placed great trust in us to do so. This bid award is fantastic news for the entire White-Spunner Construction team as well as subcontractors and vendors that will partner with us to build the job.¡¨ Ocean Springs High School is an IB-certified public high school serving grades 9 through 12. The campus auditorium¡¦s roof collapsed during Hurricane Katrina in August 2005, but has since been rebuilt. The auditorium was the only part of the Greyhound campus affected by the hurricane, but the school¡¦s two major sections are three to four decades old. The school includes a South Campus built in the late 1960s and the early 1970s, and a North Campus building built in the late 1970s. Since then, the school has undergone many remodeling changes to accommodate various classroom needs and a growing student population. The new campus has been designed to accommodate 2,200 students and includes many exciting features, according to Chet Allred, president of Allred Architectural Group in Ocean Springs, also working with White-Spunner Construction on the project. Some of those features include: ƒ¯ A physical education gymnasium as well as a varsity performance gym that seats 1,500 people ƒ¯ A 700-seat full theater auditorium ƒ¯ State-of-the-art vocational and technical buildings ƒ¯ A 700-seat cafeteria with interior and exterior dining areas ƒ¯ A completely enclosed, safe, secure landscaped central courtyard in which students can gather. White-Spunner Construction has several ongoing projects in Mississippi including: ƒ¯ Gulfport Municipal Court House and Police Station, which serves as a first responders shelter (FEMA 361) ƒ¯ New State Public Health Laboratory in Jackson, Miss. ƒ¯ New Bay St. Louis Parking Garage ƒ¯ New Harrison County Parking Garage ƒ¯ Three new FEMA 361 Evacuation Shelters for Harrison County