Wharton-Smith Celebrates Topping Out of New Charlotte County Jail Infirmary

Punta Gorda, FL – On October 20, 2017, Wharton-Smith’s Tampa-Commercial Division joined with local law enforcement, county staff and subcontractors to mark a milestone on the new Charlotte County Jail Infirmary project by celebrating the “topping out” of the building’s roof.

In appreciation for a job well done, prizes were raffled to subcontractors on the job and a barbeque lunch was provided. Doug Whisler, Project Superintendent welcomed subcontractors and team members to the celebration. “Thank you for the great job you have all done to get us to this important milestone,” he said.

The three-story, 128-bed facility consists of two floors for medical and one floor for mental health care including exams rooms, pharmacy, laboratory, EKG area, negative pressure isolation rooms, direct observation cells, a dental area with exam stations, offices, records area and storage. The project also includes an expansion to the jail’s central energy plant to accommodate the new wing, and all related site work.

The $10 million expansion is intended to give better healthcare to inmates and lower costs by reducing the need for outsourcing health care to local hospitals and is being funded by the county’s one percent local option sales tax.

Wharton-Smith is providing construction management services for the expansion. Construction is expected to be complete in late January 2018.