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Commercial | WHARTON-SMITH INC. Diverse Developments FLORIDA’S WHARTON-SMITH INC. HAS BUILT PROJECTS FROM ROLLER COASTERS TO TREATMENT PLANTS. elebrating its 25th anniversary this year, Wharton-Smith Inc. (WSI) was founded in central Florida in 1984 by George Smith and Bill Wharton. The two men “envisioned growing a company that would encompass strong work ethics and have a positive impact within the communities that we serve,” the company says. Besides its Sanford, Fla., headquarters in central Florida, WSI has additional offices in Tampa, Palm City, Fla., Atlanta and Charlotte, N.C. “Each project that we undertake is treated distinctly and is matched with the most experienced and qualified team possible,” the company emphasizes. Among its current projects is the $50 million, 80,000-square-foot Sanford Public Safety Complex. Its three floors include an exterior Civic Plaza onto which a community meeting room opens, a five-bay fire station, the fire department’s administrative offices, an emergency operations center and the police department. The police and fire departments are separate facilities that share a three-story atrium, which includes a reception area and a historic fire apparatus display. The complex is located southwest of Sanford’s historic downtown between the Goldsboro community and the state farmers market. Its exterior walls will be concrete tilt wall construction with glazing that is designed to withstand 150 mph hurricane-force winds. All mechanical and electrical systems are backed up 100 percent, Wharton-Smith says. The Civic Plaza is framed by the threestory atrium to the east and the two-story fire department to the south. The plaza will contain existing oak trees, new planters and trees, public art and seating areas to create a civic space. The project was started in July 2009 and is scheduled for completion by September 2010. Already constructed are foundations, slabs and storm drainage systems. The building’s shell is expected to be completed by May 2010. has built »Wharton-Smithfor theme roller coasters parks in central Florida. Wharton-Smith Inc. www.whartonsmith.com • Headquarters: Sanford, Fla. • Services: General contractor, construction manager and design/build contractor “Our staff of experienced managers, engineers and craftsmen specializes in providing the timely and quality completion of facilities.” –Wharton-Smith Inc. will house 70 firefighters, the special operations unit and administrative space. The station includes a green roof, high-efficiency equipment, low water consumption fixtures and regional and recycled materials. It is seeking LEED silver certification. Sustainable construction practices include pollution control, recycling and the protection of indoor air quality. Another recent project by WSI is the Center for Public Safety at Seminole State College (formerly Seminole Community College). High-tech classroom space will allow SCC’s public service programs to expand. Existing space in two buildings was completely renovated, and a new administrative wing was built to connect the buildings. The project is located at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus of Seminole State College. Other higher education clients include the University of Central Florida and Rollins College. Additional market segments WSI serves are environmental, commercial, international, entertainment, healthcare and green building construction. Fire Departments and Education A new 60,000-square-foot headquarters fire station has been built in downtown Orlando by Wharton-Smith. The three-story, 11-bay firehouse No. 1 was constructed at a transit site and LEEDing in Green Building LEED-accredited professionals on WSI’s staff help clients with building projects that are green or have sustainable elements. Lunchand-learn sessions are held by WSI at its onsite training and learning center and have CONSTRUCTION-TODAY.COM JANUARY 2010
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Construction Today - January 2010
Metrus Construction Limited: Le Parc Tower II
CJ Pink Ltd.
Costello Dismantling Co. Inc.
Allied Building Products Corp.
IDEURBAN: The St. Regis Mexico City
Jersen Construction Group
Killian Construction Co.: The Westin Hotel
Legacy Partners Residential: Riverpark
Strathcona Mechanical Ltd.
Tilton Pacific Construction Inc.
On the Cover
Product Showcase: Software and New Technology
Nicholson Construction Co.
Gilchrist Construction Co.
Turner Construction Co.: MIC Rental Car Center
Union Concrete Construction: Outer Harbor Parkway Project
D’Onofrio General Contractors Corp.
Worldwide Rental Services
AmQuip Crane Corp.
EIC Associates Inc.
Intercounty Paving Associates LLC: N.Y. Route 112
Matrix Design Group
Nicholson Construction Co.: Canton Dam
Wilson & Company Inc. Engineers and Architects: Rail Division
Group Lepine Ltd.
Laurysen Kitchens Ltd.
Aspen Ridge Homes: Vu Living
Walsh Construction: Sherman Replacement Hospital
PortSide Builders Inc.
Summit Builders Construction Co.: Classic Residence at Silverstone
Keystone Construction Corp.: Carmel Arts District Lofts
HDR Architecture Inc.
Brasfield & Gorrie LLC
Dimeo Construction Co.
EllisDon: North Park Quad Pad Arena
CANA Construction: TELUS World of Science
Cornerstone General Contractors Inc.
Harvey-Cleary Builders: City of Austin Public Safety Training Facility
Hensel Phelps Construction Co.: Granada Hills High School
Pirtle Construction Co.: City of Miami College
Sundt: East Contra Costa
Taylor & Parrish Inc.: Carole Weinstein International Center
Turner Construction Co.: Nationwide Children's Hospital
Turner Construction Co.: Duval Unified County Courthouse Facility
Weddle Brothers Construction Co. Inc.
AP Construction Inc.: Kensington Creative and Performing Arts High School
The Boldt Co.: Luther Midelfort Hospital Expansion
Choate Construction: NGCSU Projects
Donley’s LLC: Bavaro Hall at the University of Virginia
EllisDon: Woodstock General Hospital
McCarty Corp.: Maneuver Center of Excellence Headquarters
Munlake Contractors Inc.
Murray Company: Kiowa Country Memorial Hospital
River City Construction LLC
Skyline Roofing Ltd.
SpawGlass: Austin Community College Round Rock Campus
W.E. O’Neil Construction: Downtown Women's Center Project
CANA Construction: SMART Technologies
Ecco III Enterprises Inc.
G.W. Peoples Contracting Co.
ARCO/Murray National Construction Co. Inc.
Baker Electric Inc.
Chester Bross Construction Co.
Titan Wrecking & Environmental LLC
Last Look: Urban Landmarks
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