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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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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