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Construction Safety Week Takes a Hurricane Twist

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Every day when we walk onto a job site, we know what’s on the line. The work. Our reputations. A paycheck. But most importantly, what’s really on the line are the lives and livelihood of every person on the job site. That’s why we will do everything in our power to ensure that every one of us is safe. Our commitment to safety is a promise to ourselves, our co-workers and the families who rely and count on us. Safety Week is our opportunity to recognize and celebrate that promise to do whatever it takes to send everyone home safely every day.

Every year the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) dedicate an entire week to Construction Safety. It’s an opportunity for General Contractors across the country to highlight their safety efforts and share best practices. From trainings and stand-downs to certifications and safety cultures – this is a chance for GCs to educate and celebrate. The celebratory week is usually recognized in the spring, but due to COVID-19, this week happens to be Construction Safety Week and this year’s theme is “Built on Safety.”

Construction Safety Week Daily Topics:

Monday – Built on Safety

Tuesday – Focus on the Fundamentals

Wednesday – COVID-19 Safety

Thursday – Mental Health Awareness

Friday – Thank You, Construction Workers

We at White-Spunner Construction take great pride in our culture of safety, putting people above profits. Construction and construction trades are some of the deadliest professions in America – look at this article USA Today released in 2019. It is up to us to ensure that every person on our jobsites and our offices goes home safe at the end of each day. When we make safe choices, lives are protected. We take that very seriously because safety isn’t just business – it’s personal.

We were planning to follow the Construction Safety Week outline, but we’re taking the day to prepare our sites for Hurricane Sally in the Gulf of Mexico. Thankfully we have a robust Hurricane Preparedness Program – this isn’t our first rodeo! Our superintendents are implementing their site preparation plans and our office staff is preparing as well. We are resilient and our management and safety teams are in contact with every superintendent and project manager, ensuring that everyone and everything is safe and ready to ride out Hurricane Sally. Check out our Facebook and Twitter feeds for updates.

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Memorial Day and Gold Star Families

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Memorial Day is our opportunity to honor the men and women who made the ultimate sacrifice. They knew what could await them; they volunteered anyway. Their families knew all too well what could happen yet followed and supported their loved one anyway. Their courage and love for America were greater than their love of self.

“Courage is almost a contradiction in terms. It means a strong desire to live taking the form of a readiness to die.”

G.K. Chesterton

It’s because of this courage and sacrifice that we also honor the Gold Star families in our communities and across the nation. These are the spouses, parents, and children left behind. The ones who grieve and long for just one more hug, just one more “I love you!” While at the same time being filled with pride for their loved one and the life they lived.

This year we can’t do much of the traditional Memorial Day celebrations like grilling with family and friends, shopping the weekend sales, or watching a parade. Instead, you can fly an American flag (at half-staff until noon, then raise it again to the peak after), visit a military memorial or monument, or observe the National Moment of Remembrance at 3:00 local time. You can donate to an organization that supports Gold Star families like the Tragedy Assistance Programs for Survivors (TAPS)The Wingman FoundationChildren of Fallen Patriots Foundation, or Gold Star Wives of America. And if you know a Gold Star family, reach out to them. Send flowers or share a fond memory of the one they’re missing; it will bring them more joy than you know. 

Let’s take this time to reflect on their ultimate sacrifice. What do you love so much that you would give your life for? And do you show that love and commitment every day? What could you do more? Are you giving that extra hug? Are you saying “I love you” as often as you should? Let’s remember these men and women – and their families. Let’s honor them by doing what we can to make this country a better place, starting in our own homes and our own neighborhoods.

This Memorial Day and every day, we are proud to honor the bravery and sacrifice of the men and women who gave their lives to defend our nation. We are the home of the free because of the brave.

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Merchants Plaza Accepting Applications

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We are proud to be a part of one of the largest historical renovations in Mobile’s history with Heritage Land & Development and The Crump Firm – Merchants Plaza. For almost two years, the 18-story former Merchants National Bank building has been under construction and is being converted into an upscale mixed-use development consisting of 73 luxury apartment units (with six different layouts) and retail space on the first floor.

Merchants Tower opened in 1929 and was the headquarters for Merchants National Bank for almost 50 years. It was the first skyscraper on along the Gulf Coast and the tallest building in Alabama outside of Birmingham. It’s now the 6th tallest in downtown Mobile.

Historical projects always test the knowledge, management, and creativity of a team. It’s always a challenge to maintain very specific historical elements, while also bringing a building up to code, and converting the entire original function of the building. And a challenge we love!

For this project, we had to demo a section on every floor to build a new interior stairwell for egress to bring the building up to code. We had to preserve the original elevators, while also using them to move materials and people between floors during construction. These were just a couple of the many challenges our team faced, but we’re almost complete!

The new Merchants Plaza is accepting residential and commercial lease applications. For more information on this project, check out “Merchants Plaza changes the game for downtown mobile” by Ron Sivak for Lagniappe Mobile or “Downtown Living in Mobile Heating Up!” from NAI Mobile.

COVID-19: An Update from our President

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The health and safety of White-Spunner Construction employees, clients, partners, and the general public is our top priority. Safety is a core value at White-Spunner Construction, and we are committed to maintaining a safe work environment in our offices and at our project sites.  

As part of that commitment to safety, we formed a White-Spunner Construction COVID-19 Task Force, consisting of top executives, directors, and managers. This task force has been meeting since the first week of March to ensure we are taking the right precautions for our employees, their families, our business partners, clients, and the community at large. Task force members are responsible for staying abreast of guidance from the CDC as well as other federal, state, and local government and public health officials. They are developing action plans, best practices guides, and policies to keep everyone safe and maintain business continuity.    

We have implemented several policies to support the health and safety of everyone.  

  1. Employees who are sick must stay at home.  
  2. All non-essential business travel has been eliminated.  
  3. A 6’ space for social distancing is being maintained between individuals as much as possible.  
  4. No more than ten people can be in a meeting space. Larger meetings are being held via teleconference platforms.  
  5. Only essential personnel are allowed at jobsites and within our offices.  
  6. Jobsite and production meetings are being held via teleconference platforms regardless of presence on site. Attendees are going to their cars, individual offices, or other quiet spaces for meetings. 
  7. Toolbox meetings have been suspended. Information is being relayed to each on-site subcontractor’s leader for dissemination to their crews.  
  8. We have established no contact deliveries on jobsites and in our offices. All deliveries are being dropped off at the door of the office or job trailer; then a White-Spunner employee will pick them up to disinfect and deliver to the intended recipient.  
  9. Employees and those on jobsites are washing their hands as often as possible.  
  10. Offices, workspaces, and commonly used items and surfaces are being cleaned as often as possible.  

We are blessed to be considered an essential business. Thankfully our team is still working every day; we are winning new work and even hiring more people. We are adapting daily to new directives and projections, and we’re prayerful that God continues to protect us as individuals, a company, and a country.  

In Christ,

President & CEO