White-Spunner Construction

MOBILE, ALA.  (February 22, 2017) -- White-Spunner Construction (WSC), a leading contractor in the Southeast and ranked 14th largest general contractor in Alabama in 2016 by Business Alabama, is actively completing 154,000 square-feet of retail and dining space for the first phase of a new entertainment project in Foley, Ala. , recently announced by the Poarch Band of Creek Indians.

The development’s name is OWA, which derives inspiration from the Muskogee Creek language interpretation of "water.” OWA’s "water” refers to a 14-acre lake at the center of the project that also features a themed amusement park, a 150-room Marriott TownePlace Suites hotel, and multiple restaurants and shops. White-Spunner Construction’s role in the first phase of the project will focus on retail shops and restaurants. 

The first phase of the more than $500 million project is set to be complete in the summer of 2017 and is expected to cost approximately $240 million. Future plans for other phases of OWA call for a water park, additional hotels, and a resort level RV park. 

John_White-Spunner Photo 2014 "This will be an exciting new family-friendly destination for locals and visitors alike in Baldwin County,” said John White-Spunner, President of WSC. "We’re proud to be a part of such an innovative entertainment concept that will bring thousands of new jobs and draw more tourism to the Gulf Coast."  (Photo: John White-Spunner)

When completed, the OWA development is expected to generate nearly 3,500 jobs (both direct and indirect) and bring in an additional one million visitors a year to the area. Located just off the Foley Beach Express and County Road 20, OWA is nine miles from Gulf Shores and Orange Beach. 

Plans call for the development to include three themed districts that offer shopping, dining and other entertainment for all ages. OWA’s location near the City of Foley’s nearly complete sports tourism complex with 16 multipurpose fields and a 90,000 square foot event center will make it even more appealing to traveling sports teams and families.

"OWA is being developed with a goal of creating a year-round tourism destination for South Alabama. To help with this massive undertaking we have employed many reputable construction firms, like White-Spunner Construction, to turn our vision into a reality by summer 2017,” said Kristin Hellmich, Director of Marketing & Public Relations for OWA. 

During its 35-year history, White-Spunner Construction has completed a variety of large-scale retail centers that include restaurants and retail shops similar to OWA. WSC served as the general contractor for Plantation Point, a 50-acre site with 415,000 square-feet of retail space in Raleigh, NC; Tanger Outlet Center, formerly Riviera Centre, a 525,000 square-foot development also in Foley, originally built in 1994 with more recent renovations and additions; and a second Tanger Outlet Center, this one 465,000 square-feet, in Myrtle Beach, S.C. 

About White-Spunner Construction, Inc.

An employee-owned company, White-Spunner Construction, Inc. (WSC) is a general contracting, design-build and construction management firm headquartered in Mobile, Alabama. Founded in 1981, the company has been in business in Mobile for 35 years. In the early years, the primary focus was commercial construction projects along the Gulf Coast. However, as the company continued to grow, the emphasis shifted toward larger and more diverse projects spanning the Carolinas to Texas. Today, WSC has completed thousands of projects in at least 27 states. General contracting and construction management services are provided for a wide variety of clients, including several Fortune 500 companies.

WSC has earned an excellent reputation for providing experienced resources, competitive pricing, superior client services and outstanding finished projects to every customer. Their ultimate goal is to build strong, long-lasting relationships with clients by delivering each project with the highest level of safety, quality and integrity. The company is fully committed to always meeting the needs of clients by doing what it takes to complete each project on time and on budget. White-Spunner Construction has maintained deep roots in these values since it first began, which has led to recurring business opportunities from many customers. For more information, visit white-spunner.com or call 251.471.5189.

About the Poarch Band of Creek Indians

The Poarch Band of Creek Indians are descendants of a segment of the original Creek Nation which once covered almost all of Alabama and Georgia. Members of the Tribe have lived together for almost 200 years in and around their reservation in Poarch, Alabama.  The only federally recognized Indian Tribe in the state of Alabama, the Poarch is as a sovereign nation with its own system of government and bylaws. 

A vital force in the economy of Alabama the Poarch Creek Tribal Government and its enterprises employ more than 3,500 residents in the State of Alabama. Those include three Wind Creek Hospitality resorts (Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Atmore, Wind Creek Casino & Hotel Wetumpka and Wind Creek Montgomery) as well as Muskogee Technology, the Muskogee Inn located in Atmore, a TownePlace Suites at Redstone Gateway in Huntsville that was developed in partnership with Marriott, and a racetrack in Mobile.


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