Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on New OCPS Middle School in Lake Nona

Sanford, FL – April 20, 2016 – More than 200 community members, students, and representatives from Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) gathered on Saturday, April 16, 2016 to commemorate the historic groundbreaking of the new OCPS middle school to be built off Wewahootee Road in the South Orlando community known as Lake Nona.

Referred to as Site 52-M-SE-2 Relief Middle School, the project consists of a 171,033-square-foot, three-story prototype located on a 26-acre site. The new middle school campus is being built to accommodate overcrowding at the existing middle school due to rapid population growth in the Lake Nona…

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Tampa Team Puts Finishing Touches on Handicapped Playground at LaVoy Exceptional Center

Division Manager Todd O’Donnell helped set the plan for a playground in motion more than seven years ago. His 11-year-old daughter Katherine has been a student at LaVoy since the age of three and he wanted to help the school obtain a playground specifically built for the students.

In April of last year, Wharton-Smith donated $5,000 towards the design and provided pro bono general contracting services to pour the concrete slab and construct handicap ramps.

Last week, the Tampa team worked with local vendors to complete the final landscaping and beautification of the site. The project included demo work,…

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Wharton-Smith Completes UCF Business Incubator Renovation

Sanford, FL – March 30, 2016 – Wharton-Smith, Inc., one of Central Florida’s largest locally based general contractors recently celebrated the completion of the $5 million renovation project for the University of Central Florida’s Business Incubation Program. More than 100 guests gathered, including Congressman John Mica, representatives from the Office of Economic Development for Orange County, members of the East Orlando Chamber of Commerce, and Directors of the UCF Business Incubation Program for a ribbon-cutting ceremony commemorating the grand opening of the newly renovated facility.

“This is where business starts and opportunity is created,” remarked Congressman Mica at the…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Ribbon Cutting of UCF’s Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership

Sanford, FL – March 17, 2016 – Wharton-Smith joined with students, faculty and donors of the University of Central Florida’s Athletic Department to cut the grand opening ribbon on the Wayne Densch Center for Student-Athlete Leadership, the new headquarters for student-athlete personal, professional and academic development.

Located next to UCF’s award-winning Bright House Networks Stadium, also built by Wharton-Smith, the three-story, 21,700 s.f. facility includes offices, computer labs, conference space, a multi-purpose classroom which will hold 200 students, tutoring and mentoring rooms, study space, and resource rooms.

“This beautiful facility puts us right on par with the top athletic…

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Wharton-Smith Featured as Company to Watch by Florida Trend

March 11, 2016 – Sanford, FL – Wharton-Smith was highlighted in the March issue of Florida Trend magazine as a “Company to Watch.” The magazine reports, “The Sanford-based construction company has a long history of developing major projects in metro Orlando and is thriving in the midst of the current building boom.” Read the full article here.

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Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on Osceola County’s Fire Station 64

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Sanford, FL – February 16, 2016 – Wharton-Smith joined with Osceola County Commissioners, Fire Chief Robert Sorenson, architect C.T. Hsu + Associates, and community members, on February 15 to break ground on the County’s new Fire Station 64.

Commissioner Brandon Arrington welcomed the crowd and applauded the efforts of everyone involved in the project for improving public safety for the citizens of Osceola County. For the past 15 years, Osceola County Fire Station 64 has operated out of a makeshift station consisting of a trailer and shed. During intense storms with high winds fire crews were forced to evacuate to…

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Wharton-Smith Breaks Ground on Casselberry’s Lake Concord Park Development

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Sanford, FL – January 29, 2016 – Wharton-Smith officially broke ground January 26 on the City of Casselberry’s 20-acre Lake Concord Park development. Touted as a new gateway to Casselberry, the mixed-use project will feature luxury apartments, restaurants and retail, with public gathering areas, playgrounds, pathways and lakes.

The project is being developed as a public/private partnership between the city, its community redevelopment agency, and private developers. As construction manager, Wharton-Smith will oversee all site development and infrastructure for the $34 million project. Casselberry Mayor Charlene Glancy compared the development to the highly successful Baldwin Park community. “This ‘vision’…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates New School for Students of Millenia Community

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Sanford, FL – January 15, 2016 – Wharton-Smith joined with representatives from the Orange County School Board, design team members, community members, and students and staff of Millennia Elementary School on January 14 to celebrate the construction of their new school located off of Millenia Boulevard in Orlando. With construction 40% underway, a symbolic groundbreaking was held marking a significant milestone for this community and commitment to the families and students who live there.

Superintendent Dr. Barbara Jenkins opened the event by giving thanks to the community for investing in this new school. “We are all about our student’s…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Grand Opening of Tarpon Spring’s Reverse Osmosis Water Facility

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Sanford, FL – December 22, 2015 – After more than a decade of challenges and delays, the new Tarpon Springs Reverse Osmosis Water Treatment Plant celebrated the facility’s grand opening with a ribbon cutting ceremony on December 16, 2015. More than 150 gathered at the plant’s entrance to commemorate the occasion. The grand opening marks a new milestone for the City of Tarpon Springs, making the city an independent water supplier with the ability to supply its residents their own drinking water.

The $36 million project includes four major components: the reverse-osmosis water treatment facility, the outfitting of 15 wells…

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Wharton-Smith Celebrates Grand Opening of A-First Project

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Alternative Water Supply Project Saves Money and Helps the Environment

Sanford, FL – On November 20, 2016, Wharton-Smith joined with local and state officials to celebrate the grand opening of the Altamonte Springs-FDOT Integrated Reuse and Stormwater Treatment (A-FIRST) project, an innovative water reuse system that captures and treats stormwater runoff from Interstate 4. The reclaimed water will be used for irrigation throughout Altamonte Springs and in nearby Apopka.

Innovation was the word of the day, summing up the success of this unique project and partnership between the City of Altamonte Springs, the City of Apopka, the Florida…

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