Wharton-Smith Selected as Construction Manager for Seminole State College’s Building L Renovations

Sanford, FL – January 24, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc. was recently selected as Construction Manager for the renovation of Building L 1st and 2nd Floors at Seminole State College. The project will modernize approximately 73,079 square feet of space of the 1970’s-era building including classrooms, computer labs, tutoring spaces, libraries, offices, conference rooms, MEP equipment areas, circulation paths, and support spaces. Infrastructure and site improvements will also be included as part of the project. Wharton-Smith renovated the building’s 3rd floor in 2011 making it the College’s first LEED® Gold building on campus.

Construction will begin in October 2017 and is…

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Wharton-Smith Selected as Construction Manager for New Millennium Middle School

Sanford, FL – January 5, 2017 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, was recently selected as Construction Manager for the Seminole County Public Schools’ new Millennium Middle School project. Located on State Road 46, just east of Sanford, and adjacent to Midway Elementary School, the new school campus will consist of 222,400 square feet and accommodate just over 2,000 students. Five new buildings will be constructed – administration/media, academic, cafeteria, gymnasium, and an 800-seat performing arts center – as well as expansion to the existing central energy plant. The $43 million project is expected to…

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Wharton-Smith Partners with Leadership Tampa to Help A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay

Tampa, FL – January 4, 2017 – In late 2016, the Leadership Tampa class took on a community project at A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay, a non-profit residential community serving foster children who have been removed from their homes due to abuse, neglect, or abandonment. Leadership Tampa participant and Division Manager for Wharton-Smith’s Tampa office Todd O’Donnell knew the project would be one that Wharton-Smith founder George Smith would be proud for his company to be a part of.

Over the last six years, A Kid’s Place of Tampa Bay has provided a home and educational opportunities to over 1,100 children. The…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Ribbon Cutting and Dedication of St. Luke’s Lutheran Church Family Life Center and Gymnasium

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Sanford, FL – November 9, 2016 – More than 500 congregation and community members joined together on Sunday, October 30 to give worship and celebrate the new Family Life Center and gymnasium at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church and School.  The project began in 2015 with the launch of St. Luke’s capital campaign – Equipping the Saints – raising more than $4 million towards the campus expansion and providing additional space for the youth, educational programs, and recreation.

The new facilities consist of a 9,630 square-foot fellowship hall that includes meeting rooms, a youth room, a café, and storage, as…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Topping Out of New Windermere High School

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Sanford, FL – November 8, 2016 – On October 28, 2016, Wharton-Smith’s Commercial Division celebrated the topping out of Orange County Public Schools’ largest high school project, the new Windermere High School (f/k/a West Orange Relief High School), located on a 68-acre greenfield site in West Orange County.

Over 400 subcontractors, team members, and OCPS representatives were in attendance for the celebration. Senior Project Manager Tom Widener welcomed and thanked everyone for their hard work and collaboration on the complex project. “This is an important milestone for OCPS and this community, and one that could not have been reached…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Grand Opening and Dedication of New Millennia Gardens Elementary School

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Sanford, FL – On October 27, 2016, Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, joined with students, faculty, family members, and representatives from Orange County Public Schools for a dedication ceremony celebrating the grand opening of the new Millennia Gardens Elementary School.

Held in the new school’s cafetorium, the ceremony opened with a heartfelt thank you from Principal Anne Lynaugh followed by the presentation of colors, Star Spangled Banner sung by the Wallaby Chorus, and enthusiastic remarks given by Orange County School Board member Kat Gordon to supportive parents, families, teachers and community members in…

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Wharton-Smith Wins Eagle Awards For Innovative Water Projects

Sanford, FL – October 14, 2016 – Wharton-Smith recently received the prestigious Eagle Award bestowed by the Central Florida Chapter of Associated Builders and Contractor’s (ABC) Excellence in Construction Awards program on two projects: The City of Tarpon Springs Reverse Osmosis Facility and Supply Systems and the City of Altamonte Springs – FDOT Integrated Reuse and Stormwater Treatment (A-FIRST). The Eagle Award is the Chapter’s highest recognition. Team members for both projects were honored at ABC’s annual awards presentation banquet on October 8th in Orlando.

For over a decade, the City of Tarpon Springs has worked towards finding its…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Grand Opening of Osceola County’s Fire Station 64

Sanford, FL – October 20, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors, gathered with Osceola County Commissioners and members of the Osceola County Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services on Monday, October 17, 2016 to celebrate the grand opening of the County’s new Fire Rescue & EMS Station 64, located on Pleasant Hill Road near Reaves Road. Commissioner Brandon Arrington and Osceola County Fire and Rescue Chief Robert Sorenson welcomed the crowd thanking everyone involved in the project for taking part in building a facility that will improve community safety throughout the…

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Commercial Team Celebrates Topping Out of Middle School in Lake Nona

Sanford, FL – October 18, 2016 – Wharton-Smith’s commercial team recently celebrated the topping out of a new middle school for the Lake Nona community. Subcontractors were treated to a BBQ feast and prizes were given in appreciation for their hard work. As workers entered the building they received a t-shirt with a rendering of the school on the back and the words, “Building the future with TEAM work!”

Project Manager Larry Sease opened the celebration, “We’ve reached an important milestone and I want to thank all of you for your hard work,” he said. “This new school will…

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Tarpon Springs Alternative Delivery Project Wins Merit Award From ENR Southeast’s Best Projects

Sanford, FL – October 17, 2016 – The City of Tarpon Springs Reverse Osmosis Facility and Supply Systems project, constructed by the design-build team of Wharton-Smith, TetraTech and Harn R/O, was recently recognized with a prestigious Merit Award in the Water/Environmental category of ENR Southeast’s Best Projects. The project team will be honored at the ENR Southeast Best Projects Awards event November 15, 2016 in Orlando.

For over a decade, the City of Tarpon Springs has worked towards finding its own independent water supply. The new alternative water facility at Tarpon Springs is the City’s first water plant…

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