Wharton-Smith Celebrates New School for Students of Millenia Community


Sanford, FL – January 15, 2016 – Wharton-Smith joined with representatives from the Orange County School Board, design team members, community members, and students and staff of Millennia Elementary School on January 14 to celebrate the construction of their new school located off of Millenia Boulevard in Orlando. With construction 40% underway, a symbolic groundbreaking was held marking a significant milestone for this community and commitment to the families and students who live there.

Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins opened the event by giving thanks to the community for investing in this new school. “We are all about our student’s success,” she said. “And this new school will provide a wonderful environment for these children to learn and thrive.”

The new two-story, 85,000-square-foot facility will feature state-of-the-art classrooms, media center, computer labs, art and music labs, multi-purpose/cafeteria, and new playfields for approximately 830 students. The new school is being built to alleviate overcrowding mainly at the existing Millennia Elementary School. Construction will be complete in May 2016 and ready for the start of school in August 2016.

“We are extremely honored to have the District’s trust to build this facility,” remarked David Lewis, Project Executive of Wharton-Smith. “It is wonderful to see the faces of the students that will attend this new school. Congratulations to you and to this community!” he added.

With great enthusiasm and a shovel in hand, Kat Gordon, Orange County School Board member, concluded the event by sharing her appreciation of the project team. “Thank you for our awesome team — Rhodes + Brito Architects and Wharton-Smith. They are truly wonderful. Whatever we ask, they give it to us and we are confident that they will deliver a facility that we will all be proud of.”