Rays Spring Training Renovations Project

In September 2019, the Southwest Commercial Division was awarded the Charlotte Sports Park’s – Rays Spring Training Renovations project. We are proud to say that this project was completed just last month!

Home to the Tampa Bay Rays, this project consisted of renovating the interior of an existing building that was originally constructed in 1987 for the Texas Rangers. In addition to the renovations, 5,000-square-feet were added to create a 10,000-square-foot fitness center which includes a weight room, conditioning area, locker room, equipment storage, and laundry facilities. Additionally, the existing batting cages were enclosed to create an indoor Player Development…

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Topping Out Celebration!

On March 5, more than 90 subcontractors along with representatives from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) and Eley Guild Hardy Architect, joined Wharton-Smith’s Gulf Coast Commercial Division to celebrate the topping out of the Fine & Performing Arts Center at MGCCC. See more pictures.

To kick-off the event, Project Manager Bryan Jones offered some words of gratitude to the subcontractors who work on the project, the design team, and the owners. Also attending was the president of MGCCC, Dr. Mary Graham, who said, “I have been with the college for 33 years, and during that time, I have…

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Groundbreaking at Crest Lake Park

Recently, Wharton-Smith and the City of Clearwater Council broke ground on the renovation of Crest Lake Park.

Leroy Chin, Parks & Recreation Project Manager, said, “Wharton-Smith’s team has done a great job working with the designers to bring this project within budget. I know that once we begin work, your field staff will bring that same level of professionalism into the construction phase.”

The $5.1 million project includes a lakeside boardwalk with overlook deck, pavilions, open play area with new playground equipment and flex scape, splash pad, walking trail, picnic shelters, and restrooms. The project team will also complete modifications…

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Pine Crest Elementary School Jobsite Tour

At Wharton-Smith, we always aim to involve students who are passionate about the construction industry; that’s why our team over at Pine Crest Elementary School were pleased to host a jobsite tour for those in the ABC UCF Chapter.

These students had the opportunity to observe several different trades taking place, discuss various aspects of the project, and understand our Wharton-Smith Way.

This tour was initiated by student chapter president and Wharton-Smith Preconstruction Service Engineer intern, Alden Gunder, who had some kind words for our crew: “Thank you for sharing your construction knowledge with the students. I received positive feedback on how…

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George Marks Top Out

On Feb. 7, attendees at the George Marks Elementary School Topping Out feasted on Bubbalou’s Bodacious BBQ, were in the running for $3,500 in prizes, and received a student-designed t-shirt.

Orlando Commercial team members celebrated the milestone with our contractor partners, school staff, and representatives from Volusia County. See more pictures.

The Wharton-Smith team at George Marks understands that working on an occupied campus means the construction team, school staff, and students all play a key role in the success of the project. That’s why Wharton-Smith asked the school staff to join them in hosting a…

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South Tech Topping Out

On Feb. 7, more than 100 team members from various trades along with representatives from the Palm Beach County School Board joined Wharton-Smith’s Southeast Florida Commercial Division to celebrate the topping out of South Tech Academy High School in Boynton Beach. See more pictures.

As workers entered what will soon be the school’s Trade Academy with Automotive, Marine Motorcycle, and Construction Academies, they received t-shirts, raffle tickets for a chance to win more than $3,500 in prizes, and a hearty meal from Mission BBQ.

Willie Southerland, Superintendent, opened the event by saying, “If it…

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Pivotal Moments at Pine Crest

Three events during the third week of January marked some pivotal moments at Pine Crest Elementary School in Sanford, Florida.

On Monday, Jan. 13, Wharton-Smith project team members invited students, teachers, and staff to sign their name on a steel beam that will become part of their new 110,754-square-foot school.

On Friday, Jan. 17, more than 180 Wharton-Smith team members, design team members, subcontractors, and officials from Seminole County Public Schools celebrated the topping out of Pine Crest. As workers entered what will be the school’s media center, they received t-shirts, raffle tickets for a chance to win more…

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Topping Out at Viera!

On Dec. 12, Orlando Commercial team members, subcontractors, vendors, and representatives from Brevard Public Schools celebrated the topping out of Viera Area Elementary School. See more pictures.

As workers entered what will be the school’s cafeteria they received t-shirts, raffle tickets for a chance to win more than $2,500 in prizes, and a feast from Valentino’s and Mama Rosa’s, which included salad, lasagna, New York style pizza, and meatballs.

The project team is constructing a 125,000-square-foot elementary school with 54 classrooms on a 17-acre greenfield site. The $23 million project will also include a 10,000-square-foot standalone, covered play…

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Ribbon Cutting Ceremony at Players Club

On Dec. 12, Wharton-Smith joined global engineering firm Mott MacDonald, St. Johns County representatives, and community members for a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Players Club Water Reclamation Facility. See more pictures.

To improve the effluent quality of treated wastewater and produce public-access reclaimed water in Ponte Vedra, Florida, the St. Johns County Utilities Department wanted to consolidate wastewater flows from the Players Club, Inlet Beach, and Sawgrass wastewater treatment plants into one advanced facility.

Wharton-Smith constructed a new 2.4 MGD average daily flow water reclamation facility with headworks equipped with a fine screen, and a vortex grit removal system,…

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Space Coast Office Grand Opening!

On Dec. 5, Wharton-Smith team members gathered with local subcontractors, clients, and Brevard County representatives to officially open our Space Coast office. See more pictures.

Johnathan Wilkes, Project Executive, said, “I want to thank our present and future partners for coming out. We look forward to many prosperous years on the Space Coast.”

Right before wielding the giant scissors, President and CEO Ron Davoli said, “We want to be local Brevard County people and this Space Coast office will help us do that. It will help us better serve our clients by being closer to them. I also want…

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