Polk Penguin Conservation Center at the Detroit Zoo Named ‘Best Project’ by ENR Midwest

Sanford, FL – September 20, 2016 – The Polk Penguin Conservation Center (PPPC) at the Detroit Zoo, constructed by the DeMaria/Wharton-Smith joint venture, has won ‘Best Project’ in the Sports/Entertainment category of ENR Midwest’s Regional Best Projects. The project team will be honored at the ENR Midwest Best Project Awards event November 30, 2016 in Chicago, Illinois.

Inspired by the legendary Antarctic expeditions of Sir Ernest Shackleton, the Polk Penguin Conservation Center is the largest penguin habitat in the world and is home to more than 80 penguins of four species – gentoo, macaroni, rockhopper, and king, and…

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Wharton-Smith Selected as Construction Manager for Ironwood Infrastructure Works and Golf Courses

Sanford, FL – September 6, 2016 –  Developers of Ironwood, the $1.1 billion golf community coming soon to the East End and North Side of Grand Cayman, have appointed Wharton-Smith International LLC (WSI) as their construction manager for infrastructure works on the project. WSI’s primary role is to manage the construction of the golf course and infrastructure of the Ironwood development.

With seven offices in the southeast of the United States, WSI has a comprehensive background in infrastructure works, having managed large construction projects in the USA and globally. The WSI team has a strong connection and affinity with Grand…

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Wharton-Smith Selected as Construction Manager for Hillcrest Elementary School

Sanford, FL – September 1, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, has been selected as Construction Manager for the comprehensive addition and renovation project at the Orange County Public School’s Hillcrest Elementary School. Located in downtown Orlando, the $14.6 million dollar project consists of redeveloping the elementary school campus providing approximately 52,000 square feet of new buildings containing classrooms, administration, dining, media center and support spaces. Renovations totaling 23,000 square feet will be made to the existing facilities. The project will also add a 130-space parking structure.

The comprehensive project is part of Orange County Public…

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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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