Groundbreaking at Viera

Wharton-Smith team members joined Brevard Public Schools and community members to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new Viera Elementary School. See more pictures.

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 structure with physical education offices, storage rooms, and restrooms.

During the ceremony, Matt Susin, School Board Vice Chair, spoke about the school being slated to open next year; however, due to rapid growth, they needed to open a year early. “This was only possible due to the…

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Wharton-Smith is Helping Elevate Orlando

On Sept. 18, Wharton-Smith team members participated in discussions with middle and high school students about careers in construction for Elevate Orlando, a nonprofit on a mission to “build long-term, life-changing relationships with urban youth, equipping them to thrive and contribute to their community.” See more pictures.

The team split up and covered three schools — Oak Ridge High School, Walker Middle School, and Westridge Middle School. Each presentation began with a puzzle. Two volunteers from each class were challenged to put together a small chair from pieces laid out in front of them. They raced against the clock…

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Wharton-Smith Takes Flight at the ABC Expo

On Sept. 19, Wharton-Smith team members joined with other industry professionals for the annual Central Florida ABC Construction Expo. It is ABC’s largest event of the year and is a unique opportunity to showcase Wharton-Smith to hundreds of current and potential subcontractors and suppliers. See more pictures.

The Expo theme this year was “Around the World.” Visual representations of airlines, travel gear, and costumes, food, and drink from every country were on display.

Wharton-Smith’s booth was decked out like the inside of an airplane operated by a friendly flight crew. The concept was a hit and the “Come Fly…

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Shell Creek R.O. Water Treatment Plant Tops Out!

A feast from Mission BBQ, mementos, and a friendly game of cornhole headlined the Topping Out Party for Shell Creek Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant on Sept. 13 — a $29.2 million project for the City of Punta Gorda. See more pictures.

Team members from the Tampa Water and Commercial Divisions, vendors, and City officials, including the mayor, joined in the milestone celebration.

The project team is constructing a four-MGD reverse osmosis water treatment plant, including an administration building, raw water well pumps and piping, odor control system, chlorine gas building, blending structure, and chemical feed systems.…

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A School Like No Other — Pine Crest Elementary School

On Sept. 12, Wharton-Smith team members joined with representatives from the Seminole County School Board, community leaders, and students and staff from Pine Crest Elementary School to celebrate the construction of a new school. See more pictures.

“This will be a school that families from all over the County are going to seek out because of the opportunities in creativity and innovation,” Dr. Griffin, Superintendent of Seminole County Schools, said. “Our business community has given us input and certainly the top architects in the country have worked with us. This is going to be a school like no other…

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Wharton-Smith breaks ground at South Tech Academy

On Sept. 10, the Southeast Florida Region – Commercial Division joined Palm Beach County School Board members, students, and staff to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new South Tech Academy in Boynton Beach. See more pictures.

Jim Kidd, Superintendent of South Tech Schools, opened the event by thanking Wharton-Smith for the tremendous effort that has been put into this project.

“Michael O’Neill, Wharton-Smith, and other members of the crew have been absolutely great to work with throughout this process,” Kidd remarked. “It hasn’t been an easy one, but they’ve stepped up to the cause.”

The project team will transform…

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Lyman High Greyhounds Get a New Stadium!

Wharton-Smith team members joined the Greyhound Nation on Aug. 16 as they celebrated their brand new stadium. The festivities included a community tailgate, a ribbon-cutting, and their first football game of the season. See more pictures.

The $1.9 million project included the demolition and replacement of the home section stadium bleachers, press box, stadium lighting, and new stadium speakers and cameras. The project also included expansion and resurfacing of the existing track.

In a letter to Paul Fulks, Lyman High School Principal Mike Rice praises the project team, “On behalf of our entire student body and…

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ENR Ranks Top Environmental Firms

Wharton-Smith has been ranked among the Top 200 Environmental Firms in the country by Engineering News-Record (ENR) — a weekly magazine that provides news, analysis, data, and opinion for the construction industry worldwide.

This year, thanks to our team members in the Water division, Wharton-Smith has moved up from No. 54 to 41!

Rankings are based on the percentage of 2018 gross revenue reported from environmental services. Additional breakout lists rank firms based on market segments, including Hazardous/Solid Waste, Nuclear Waste, Air, Water, Wastewater Treatment, Environmental Management, and Environmental Sciences. Within the rankings by segment, Wharton-Smith is No. 13 in…

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ENR Southeast Ranks Top Contractors

Engineering News-Record (ENR) Southeast published its annual list of Top Contractors and Wharton-Smith moved from No. 38 to 27!

Rankings are based on revenue from the previous calendar year. Additional breakout lists rank firms based on state and specialty market sector revenue. Within the rankings by sector, Wharton-Smith is No. 13 in Florida, No. 5 in the Public Sector, No. 8 in Education, No. 13 in Design-Build Work, No. 2 in Sewerage/Solid Waste, and No. 3 in Water Supply.

Read the cover story here.…

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Wharton-Smith is On Track To Red Hot!

On June 24, Virgin Trains USA held a “Red Spike” groundbreaking ceremony at Orlando International Airport  to launch construction on its Phase 2 extension from Miami. See more pictures.

The posh event swelled with business and political figures who believe that fast-moving trains are the future.

“Virgin Trains’ service between Orlando and Miami will launch an American passenger rail renaissance. We expect that this will be the first of many passenger lines in the U.S. that follow this model for connecting city pairs that are too close to fly and too far to drive,” said Wes Edens, Chairman of…

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