Architect: Walcott Adams Verneuille (Fairhope, Alabama)
Project Location: Spanish Fort, Alabama
White-Spunner Construction served as General Contractor over the 13-month, Phase I construction process of the Alabama State Veteran's Memorial Cemetery at Spanish Fort. The picturesque cemetery, located at 30904 State Highway 225 in Spanish Fort, is Alabama's first and only state veteran's cemetery. The national cemetery allows for 2,776 burials in the 23-acre tract of Phase One. Burial sites include double depth crypts, traditional gravesites, columearium niches, and in-ground cremains. The detail and size of site improvements, which required full attention to erosion/sediment control throughout the construction process, was a challenge on the rolling property. The cemetery boasts the Administration Building, airy Committal Shelter and Maintenance Building, constructed as follows:
- Administration building, which houses the cemetery director and administrative staff, is 2,746 square feet and features conference, eating, and office spaces.
- Committal Shelter (1,089 square feet) is the dedication location for services. This open, airy structure is eloquently detailed with v-joint turtle back ceilings and custom brick work.
- Maintenance building (3,696 square feet) is a full-service work shop with individual service stalls, pressure washing stall, hydraulic vehicle lift, air tool equipment, office space, kitchen, and showers.
The project was completed on schedule and challenges were met with vigilant attention to detail.