March 28 ribbon cutting and grand opening celebration of nearly $6 million LEEDS certified plant for Gulf Coast Agricultural & Seafood Cooperative Mobile, Alabama (March 23, 2011) Â– White-Spunner Construction, Inc. recently completed construction of a state-of-the-art Â“greenÂ” seafood waste processing plant in Bayou La Batre, Ala. The nearly $6 million shrimp and crab waste processing plant for The Gulf Coast Agricultural Seafood Cooperative, also known as The Coop, will employ a multitude of innovative environmentally friendly methods to process over 5,000 tons of shrimp and crab waste generated annually from coop membersÂ’ processing plants in the surrounding area, according to Seth Smith, project manager for White-Spunner Construction, Inc. The ribbon cutting and grand opening ceremony for the plant is set for Monday, March 28. Â“This amazing environmentally-friendly plant is believed to be one of a kind Â– the only such plant on the planet,Â” said Smith. Â“White-Spunner Construction has long been committed to Â‘greenÂ’ building practices and this new plant Â– which employs a plethora of environmentally-friendly methods to process seafood waste Â– serves as a model for other businesses that aspire to adopt Â‘greenÂ’ practices. We also remain grateful for the opportunity to partner, as a local construction company with this amazing local project.Â” Currently during peak seafood season, the 25 southwestern Alabama cooperative members pay to have 100 cubic yards of crab and shrimp waste hauled each day to a landfill. The new plant will process, dehydrate and convert seafood waste into marketable products such as animal feed, organic fertilizer and pottery. The plant also will employ cost-effective, innovative environmental engineering throughout and it is powered by renewable energy sources including solar energy and geothermal technology. The Mobile-based general contracting, design build and construction management firm - with branch offices in Gulfport, Mississippi and Austin, Texas Â– broke ground on the $6 million project in May. The 13,000-square-foot facility is LEED-registered (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) and features a pre-engineered metal building employing environmentally-friendly practices to treat the by-products of the seafood processing industry and dispose of associated waste and fumes. Special structure features include a biogas processing system with anaerobic digesters, aerobic lagoons, bio-filters, concrete and steel retention tanks, methane gas bladders, candlestick flares and wetland restorations. The plant, which was built on 10 acres of a 95-acre site near several of Bayou La BatreÂ’s waterfront seafood processing facilities, was designed by CFM Group, LLC of Tuscaloosa, Ala. to provide the greatest environmental benefit possible to the Coop and surrounding community, Smith said. Overall objectives of the project were: Â• Redirect 5,900 tons annually of shrimp and crab waste from area landfills and recycle it into a beneficial saleable product. Â• Provide ancillary services making the plant environmentally sustainable. Â• Reduce odors within the community by removing waste from area plants and processing it quickly. Â• Have no process wastewater discharges to the environment. Â• Use to the maximum extent possible, solar, geothermal, and renewable energy sources. Â• Provide beneficial gray water reuse. Â• Develop the plant site to provide adjacent habitat for waterfowl and other wildlife. To achieve these objectives, the plant was provided with the following systems: Â• Fully enclosed material loading and processing areas. Â• Biological reactor for odor control. Â• Primary anaerobic wastewater treatment to generate biogas. Â• Secondary and tertiary aerobic and anoxic wastewater to produce cleaned gray water. Â• Rainwater collection for gray water augmentation. Â• Geothermal comfort heating and cooling. Â• Heat recovery from process equipment for plant comfort heating. Â• Solar collectors for process heat. Â• Biogas collection for used as process fuel. Â“White-Spunner Construction is proud of this remarkable Â‘greenÂ’ project,Â” Smith said. Â“Our company has long understood the benefits of environmental-friendly construction. This facility offers a unique opportunity to demonstrate the endless possibilities when it comes to LEED-registered Â‘greenÂ’ structures. White-Spunner Construction leads the way in LEED-certified environmental building and are honored to have consistently received recognition for excellence in quality, safety and as well as building Â“green.Â” WSC received the 2009 Excellence in Construction award for its LEED-certified headquarters in Mobile. Also in 2009, the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) confirmed White-Spunner ConstructionÂ’s self-built corporate headquarters meets LEED Silver certification standards. The 40,000-square-foot, two-story building has proven LEED efficiency with a 20 percent energy savings and 30 percent water savings from the companyÂ’s former business location. White-Spunner Construction has also been lauded in Louisiana for an environmental-friendly project. The Muses, an innovative urban residential development in Historic Central City New Orleans, La. offers residents style, convenience and the opportunity to Â“live greenÂ” through its LEED-Silver designationÂ—the first property of its kind to earn this bold designation in the state of Louisiana.