The Gulf State Park Learning Campus, built by White-Spunner Construction, has earned the Honor Award from the American Institute of Architects. The award is one of the highest accolades given by AIA, highlighting projects recognized for best practices in the field of architecture and design.
The Gulf State Park Learning Campus was designed by ArchitectureWorks, of Birmingham, in 2018. White-Spunner Construction acted as general contractor on the 26,000-square-foot project in Gulf Shores. The project was certified LEED Silver. The facility boasts a combination of educational activities, interactive exhibits and sweeping boardwalks.
The project included renovating the park’s existing headquarters and the addition of new indoor and outdoor classroom buildings, a student lodge, an auditorium and the Woodside Grill restaurant. Walkways, landscaping, sitework and furnishings were also constructed.
The campus was one of the first buildings in the world to receive IBHS Fortified Commercial – Hurricane Bronze Level certification. The first two buildings to ever earn this certification are also part of Gulf State Park.
“The Gulf State Park project is a trailblazer for green building in the state of Alabama,” said Jeff Carrico, chief operating officer at White-Spunner. “It was a privilege to work with ArchitectureWorks to make this project come to life — it wouldn’t have been possible without their design ingenuity.”
Based in Mobile, White-Spunner Construction is an employee-owned corporation that specializes in general contracting, design-build and construction management. Founded in 1981, the company has shifted from modest commercial construction projects to complex projects spanning the entire Southeast. It has completed more than $4 billion in construction value and currently has a $110 million single project bond capacity and a $300 million aggregate bond capacity.