Wharton-Smith Celebrates Topping Out of Hillcrest Elementary School

Sanford, FL – On Friday, February 2, Wharton-Smith’s Commercial Division celebrated the great work being done by local subcontractors and team members on the comprehensive renovation/addition project for Orange County Public Schools’ Hillcrest Elementary School. The traditional topping out event marks a significant milestone in the completion of the project.

More than 150 subcontractor and team members gathered for a BBQ lunch catered by Sonny’s BBQ. Senior Superintendent Brad Newton thanked everyone for the great work being done on site adding “you are making us proud and you are making your companies proud.” Custom designed t-shirts were handed out and…

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Wharton-Smith Represented on Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD) Executive Council

Sanford, FL – February 1, 2018 – Wharton-Smith is excited to announce the induction of Paul Fulks, Senior Project Manager, to the Executive Council of the Volusia County Association for Responsible Development (VCARD). The appointment was made official during VCARD’s 32nd Annual Installation and Award Banquet held Wednesday, January 31st at the LPGA International in Daytona Beach.

VCARD is a not-for-profit dedicated to affecting positive outcomes for the development of Volusia County.  The organization serves to work with local governments and development professionals including developers, architects, engineers, general contractors, and others to facilitate open dialogue, monitor policies and legislation impacting…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Topping Out of Three Oaks Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements Project

Tampa, FL –– On January 19, 2018, Wharton-Smith’s Tampa-Water/Wastewater Division held a Topping Out Party to mark the completion of the first phase structural work on the Three Oaks Wastewater Treatment Plant Oxidation Ditch Improvements project. More than 70 people attended including representatives from Lee County, the Three Oaks Wastewater Plant and project engineers CDM Smith, as well as subcontractors, vendors and field workers.

In appreciation for a job well done, prizes were raffled off to subcontractors on the job and a barbeque lunch was provided by Dave’s Barbeque.

After lunch, team members participated in a softball game, pitting the…

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Wharton-Smith Announces Key Role Changes in Water/Wastewater Division

Sanford, FL – January 18, 2018 – Wharton-Smith recently announced strategic changes to key personnel in the company’s Water/Wastewater Division.

Todd O’Donnell, Division Manager – Tampa Water/Wastewater,  will take on the new role of Director of Business Development – Water/Wastewater. In his new role, Todd will be responsible for identifying and developing new business relationships and maintaining a robust industry and community network. He will work with executive team members to align business development goals with the company’s strategic plan. Todd will partner with Division Managers to create a blueprint for increasing business development activities in all of our regional offices.…

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Wharton-Smith Selected as Construction Manager for New Westside Elementary School in Escambia County

Gulfport, MS – December 20, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc. was recently selected as Construction Manager for the School District of Escambia County’s new $38 million Westside Elementary School project. Located on a 68-acre greenfield site in the Florida panhandle, the project involves mitigation of approximately 30 acres of jurisdictional wetlands. The 135,000 s.f. school will accommodate 801 students and will incorporate 21st Century Learning and sustainable features. Wharton-Smith’s K-12 team from the Gulfport and Sanford offices will work with architects Bullock Tice Associates, Inc. throughout the design and preconstruction phases, with construction expected to start in May 2020.…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Dedication of New Innovation Middle School

Sanford, FL – December 11, 2017 – In pep rally fashion, hundreds of cheering students, faculty, school board members, and local partners gathered on December 6 to celebrate and officially dedicate the new Innovation Middle School for Orange County Public Schools (OCPS). Wharton-Smith and HZ Construction served as construction manager on the project.

Held in the school’s new gymnasium, the ceremony opened with a heartfelt thank you from Principal Dr. Hector Maestre followed by performances from the school band and chorus, and enthusiastic remarks given by Orange County School Board Member Daryl Flynn and Chair Bill Sublette.

The new middle…

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Mitchell Water Treatment Plant Phase I Project Wins 2017 Award for Excellence in Concrete

Charlotte, NC – December 4, 2017 – The team of Wharton-Smith, SKA Consulting Engineers and Arcadis G&M of North Carolina was recently recognized with the 2017 Award for Excellence in Concrete by the American Concrete Institute (ACI) Carolinas Chapter for complex structural improvements made to the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant in Greensboro, NC.  The ACI Excellence in Concrete Construction Awards recognizes concrete projects that are at the forefront of innovation and technology inspiring excellence in concrete design and construction around the world.

Originally constructed in the 1950’s, with additions in the early 1960’s, the Mitchell Water Treatment Plant’s primary structural…

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Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on Improvements to Osceola County’s Austin-Tindall Park

Sanford, FL – November 16, 2017 – “Today Osceola County is upping its game with a $10.7 million investment to improve Austin-Tindall Sports Complex,” said Osceola County Commissioner and Vice Chairman Fred Hawkins, Jr. as he addressed the crowd at the project’s groundbreaking ceremony.

Originally constructed in 1993, the 115-acre sports park serves as a venue for various sports events including soccer, football, lacrosse and rugby. The park has hosted many influential teams throughout its history including the 1994 Moroccan World Cup Team and the 1996 Japanese Olympic Team.

“The timing for this is right,” remarked Commissioner Hawkins. “In April,…

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Wharton-Smith Remembers Bill Wharton, Co-Founder of Company

Sanford, Florida – November 17, 2017 – It is with great sadness we announce the passing of Wharton-Smith co-founder Bill Wharton on Sunday, Nov. 12, at the age of 95. He is survived by his wife Lina and six children.

Bill and co-founder George Smith met in Ohio in 1966. They worked together at Bay Construction and in 1975 they were part of a team working to grow the Florida office. Nearly 10 years later when Bay announced they were closing the company, Bill and George mortgaged their homes and took the risk of a lifetime. They made an offer…

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