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JUL-SEP 2018

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9 JUL–SEP 2018 AL CONSTRUCTION NEWS BUILDING ALABAMA | PROJECTS The 102,000-square foot building features a mostly glass exterior and will include a three- court gymnasium, a multi-activity court with dasherboards, a weight and fitness area, a wellness center, an elevated walking track, racquetball courts, a small leisure pool and whirlpool, a 40-plus foot climbing wall—which is to be one of the highest climbing walls in Alabama universities—group exercise studios and locker rooms. It also will include a lounge area where students can hang out between classes. Other exterior amenities include an outdoor pool and deck and additional seating near the entrance, as well as new landscaping to enhance the building 's façade. The new facility will allow the university to expand its intramurals programing, add a new program for fitness and move the kinesiology program closer to the fitness center. "Turner's organization expertise is crucial, both in managing this project's short timeline and overcoming the logistical challenges of working on a busy college campus," said Dr. Charles Lewis of the JSU Foundation. " We can't wait to see the finished facility. It will be instrumental for improving the JSU student experience and in starting new student development programs." The Foundation engaged B&D to define the project and its financing and implementation plan, which led to construction beginning on the new facility in October 2017. It is being built on the southeast corner of the Jacksonville State University campus, next to Kennamer Hall and Pelham Road. Turner is using Lean construction principles to increase efficiencies, eliminate waste and keep the job site safer. To do so, they are utilizing Last Planner Scheduling sessions, which manages the schedule and brings the entire project team together. That also means that Turner's team and its subcontractors and vendors—more than 80 percent of which are ABC of Alabama members—are planning and executing the work by using daily huddles, pre-task planning and identifying important safe behaviors to keep everyone safe. The project is scheduled for completion in January 2019. "A project like this is the perfect showcase to demonstrate where Turner excels," said project executive Lee Holland of Turner's Huntsville office. " We have a long history of managing similarly complex, time-sensitive projects, and we look forward to delivering this leading edge facility, which will serve JSU students for many years to come." White- Spunner Realty Expands Commercial Sales Team with Addition of Former Alabama Lawmaker WHITE-SPUNNER REALTY WELCOMED IN MAY FORMER ALABAMA STATE REPRESENTATIVE JAMIE ISON TO ITS EXPANDING COMMERCIAL SALES STAFF. "We are enthusiastic about the addition of Jamie to our team," said Matt White, president of White- Spunner Realty. "She comes to us from the great leadership of the LLB&B Residential company led by Julie Minto and Melissa Morrissette. Jamie also brings tremendous energy and many contacts from across the state to our Commercial Brokerage Platform." Ison served from 2002 until 2014 as a state representative for Alabama District 101. She did not seek a fourth term, but instead chose to focus on her real estate career and volunteer pursuits. The former Director for the Alabama Institute for Deaf and Blind's Mobile Regional Center, Ison said she is looking forward to bringing more business opportunities to the Gulf Coast through commercial real estate. "I love meeting new people and sharing the story of Mobile," said Ison, who has worked in real estate since 2009. "It's great to re-engage with people I've met through the years and during my time in the legislature." Appointed to the Mobile Airport Authority in 2018, Ison is a longtime member of several civic and professional organizations, including the Rotary Club of Mobile, Sunrise, the Mobile Judicial Commission and the Mobile and Alabama Associations of Realtors where she serves as the Federal Political Coordinator for Congressman Bradley Byrne. Known for her adventurous spirit, in 2005 she summited Mount Kilimanjaro as part of a team with American athlete Erik Weihenmayer. He was the first blind person to reach the summit of Mount Everest in 2001. "We still keep in touch," she said of Weihenmayer. "He's such an inspiration to me." Jamie and her husband, Jay Ison, have two adult sons, Philip and Wyatt. The couple attends St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Mobile. She enjoys traveling and has a passion for wildlife photography. "WE HAVE A LONG HISTORY OF MANAGING SIMILARLY COMPLEX, TIME-SENSITIVE PROJECTS, AND WE LOOK FORWARD TO DELIVERING THIS LEADING EDGE FACILITY, WHICH WILL SERVE JSU STUDENTS FOR MANY YEARS TO COME." –Lee Holland

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