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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Groundbreaking at AAA High School

Wharton-Smith team members joined Polk County School Board members, local government officials, and members of the community to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new high school. See more pictures.

The event opened with a prayer by Bishop Willie R. Mincey, Jr. and musical performances by the Ridge Community High School Marching Band and Girls Ensemble Chorus.

Slated to open in August 2021, the new three-story school will accommodate 2,500 students. The state-of-the-art prototype from SchenkelShultz Architecture will feature a three-story school on a 60-acre site with a performing arts center, administration offices, gymnasium, and stadium.

David Torbert, a partner…

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Dedication at Horizon West Middle School

On Nov. 15, Wharton-Smith team members, faculty, students, and school board members gathered for a ribbon cutting ceremony in the new gymnasium. The event was boisterous and energetic with performances by the school’s dance team and choir, inspiring remarks from Orange County School Board Chair Teresa Jacobs, Principal Michelle Thomas, and more. See more pictures.

“I must express my sincere gratitude to Wharton-Smith for not only building our gorgeous school but also continually supporting us with a ‘whatever it takes’ approach throughout the opening of our school building,” Principal Thomas said. “Furthermore, as we overcome some of our daily…

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Groundbreaking at West Harrison Middle School

Wharton-Smith team members joined Harrison County School District leaders, elected officials, and Hardy Architect and Associates to celebrate the groundbreaking of the new West Harrison Middle School.

The project team is constructing a 118,600-square-foot school with 48 classrooms, administration area, band hall, gymnasium, and practice fields for softball, baseball, and football. The $26 million project will also include advanced technology in ICT classrooms, Smartboards in every classroom, and security features.

The school is scheduled to open August of 2021. It is estimated to have an initial enrollment of 750 students.…

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Orlando Water Wins Eagle Award

Each year, the Central Florida Chapter of ABC recognizes and celebrates outstanding projects built by its members. The Chapter’s highest recognition is the Eagle Award.

This year, Orlando Water won an Eagle Award for Cypress West Water Reclamation Facility. On Oct. 26, team members were honored at ABC’s annual awards banquet at the Hyatt Regency Orlando.

Congratulations to the following team members: Matt Peterson, Josh Burns, Adam Bergdahl, Jordan Lyons, Kelsie Dieckmann, Robert Lightsey, Shawn Calabrese, and Bill McMullen.

The $23 million project included two 7.5 MG ground storage tanks, conversion of a 1.5 MG ground storage tank, a concrete…

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Construction and Interior Design Students Win Big in National Competition

SANFORD, Fla. (Nov. 15, 2019) – Seminole State College of Florida students won big in Las Vegas this month, but it wasn’t by playing cards. Following a Southeast regional win, students from the construction and interior design programs placed first in the nation at the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) student competition, beating Oklahoma State University and NewSchool of Architecture & Design.

The Wharton-Smith Center for Construction at Seminole State students Jeffrey Stout, Michael Miller, Windy Pierre-Louis, interior design students Tamara Noftsinger and Tiffany Theodore, along with faculty advisor Dr. Tan Qu, were one of 34 teams across the nation…

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The Carolinas Make Best Places to Work List!

Wharton-Smith team members were honored at the Charlotte Business Journal’s 2019 Best Places to Work celebration. The event was held at Topgolf, where CBJ revealed the official rankings and presented the awards. We are proud to announce that the Carolinas ranked No. 9 for mid-sized companies!

To qualify, a survey was sent out from the CBJ to both office and field employees asking about benefits, policies, and practices. The survey includes topics like workplace trust and goal development. All of those who made the Best Places to Work list qualified by scoring at or above the national average in those…

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