Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on Forest Community Park Renovation

Baton Rouge, LA – August 10, 2016 – Community members and representatives from BREC – the agency that operates public park recreation facilities in East Baton Rouge Parish – gathered to celebrate the upcoming addition and partial renovation at Forest Community Park.

The $1.3 million renovation is part of a BREC initiative for updating its most heavily used recreation centers. The existing center and gymnasium were originally built in the 1970s. In addition to energy savings improvements and a new HVAC system for the gymnasium, the updated recreation center will offer more than 4,000 square feet of additional space, including…

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Sweetwater Wetlands Park Receives Outstanding Environmental Award

Sanford, FL – May 31, 2016 – The Sweetwater Wetlands Park project, noted as the most significant integrated water resources project in the City of Gainesville’s history, was recently recognized by the City’s Beautification Board as the 2016 recipient of its prestigious Outstanding Environmental Award.

The 264-acre park is part of an ambitious plan to improve water quality in the Alachua Sink and restore more than 1,300 acres of wetlands in the Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park. The project includes construction of a 125-acre enhancement wetland designed to filter water in Sweetwater Branch, reduce nutrient loading, and then release…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of Osceola County Schools’ Center for Employee Health

Sanford, FL – May 23, 2016 – It was a festive atmosphere as employees of Osceola County schools gathered together with their families, school board members, representatives of Florida Hospital, and Wharton-Smith last week to cut the ribbon and celebrate the grand opening of the Center for Employee Health. Built in partnership with Florida Hospital, the new 15,456-square-foot medical center provides primary care services, including urgent care, pediatrics, occupational medicine, preventive medicine, and physical therapy to the more than 7,000 school district employees and their families.

Ricky Booth, Vice Chairman of the School District of Osceola County opened the ceremony emphasizing…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Grand Opening of Seminole County Sports Complex

Sanford, FL – May 16, 2016 – Amid the sounds of baseball bats cracking, cheering fans, laughing kids, and an impressive fireworks display, representatives from Seminole County gathered with Wharton-Smith, HKS Architects, CPH Engineers and excited community members to celebrate the grand opening of the Seminole County Sports Complex. The celebration kicked off the USSSA Florida State Baseball Championship, a three-day tournament featuring 85 teams from across Florida.

Chairman John Horan of the Seminole County Board of County Commissioners opened the ceremony pronouncing with a smile on his face “We had our own field of dreams, and now it is…

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Wharton-Smith Awarded Soldiers Creek Park Redevelopment Project

Sanford, FL – May 16, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, has been selected to redevelop Soldiers Creek Park into a state-of-the-art softball complex designed to attract top-notch regional and national tournaments. The $7.2 million redevelopment is part of the Seminole County’s ongoing efforts to build new sports facilities for its residents, as well as to bring in thousands of new visitors to the area who will support local businesses.

The redeveloped softball complex will include six 220-foot natural turf fields and a hospitality building with meeting space, offices, concession area and restrooms.…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Groundbreaking of Liberty Lagoon Expansion

Baton Rouge, LA – April 26, 2016 – Liberty Lagoon, one of Baton Rouge’s most popular water parks is expanding and Wharton-Smith is bringing the project to life! A groundbreaking ceremony for the $3.5 million expansion was held Saturday, April 23 to signify the start of construction. More than 200 park guests, including the park’s mascot Life Guard Lily, were in attendance. Representatives from BREC, the award-winning agency that operates public park recreation facilities and programs throughout East Baton Rouge Parish, welcomed the crowd and generated excitement for the project.

The project features the Flow Rider, a simulated ocean wave…

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Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on New OCPS Middle School in Lake Nona

Sanford, FL – April 20, 2016 – More than 200 community members, students, and representatives from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) gathered on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to commemorate the historic groundbreaking of the new OCPS middle school to be built off Wewahootee Road in the South Orlando community known as Lake Nona.

Referred to as Site 52-M-SE-2 Relief Middle School, the project consists of a 171,033-square-foot, three-story prototype located on a 26-acre site. The new middle school campus is being built to accommodate overcrowding at the existing middle school due to rapid population growth in the Lake Nona…

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Tampa Team Puts Finishing Touches on Handicapped Playground at LaVoy Exceptional Center

Division Manager Todd O’Donnell helped set the plan for a playground in motion more than seven years ago. His 11-year-old daughter Katherine has been a student at LaVoy since the age of three and he wanted to help the school obtain a playground specifically built for the students.

In April of last year, Wharton-Smith donated $5,000 towards the design and provided pro bono general contracting services to pour the concrete slab and construct handicap ramps.

Last week, the Tampa team worked with local vendors to complete the final landscaping and beautification of the site. The project included demo work,…

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Wharton-Smith Completes UCF Business Incubator Renovation

Sanford, FL – March 30, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors recently celebrated the completion of the $5 million renovation project for the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program. More than 100 guests gathered, including Congressman John Mica, representatives from the Office of Economic Development for Orange County, members of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and Directors of the UCF Business Incubation Program for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening of the newly renovated facility.

“This is where business starts and opportunity is created,” remarked Congressman Mica at the…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of UCF’s Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership

Sanford, FL – March 17, 2016 – Wharton-Smith joined with students, faculty and donors of the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Department to cut the grand opening ribbon on the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership, the new headquarters for student-athlete personal, professional and academic development.

Located next to UCF’s award-winning Bright House Networks Stadium, also built by Wharton-Smith, the three-story, 21,700 s.f. facility includes offices, computer labs, conference space, a multi-purpose classroom which will hold 200 students, tutoring and mentoring rooms, study space, and resource rooms.

“This beautiful facility puts us right on par with the top athletic…

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