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Polston Engineering, Inc. History

Polston Engineering, Inc. was established in 1989 as a corporate entity to buy out C.A. Peterson of Highlands County, Inc., pending Mr. C.A. Peterson's retirement from work in Highlands County.

C.A. Peterson, Inc. of Clearwater opened and office in Sebring in 1970 while platting Sun 'n Lake Estates of Sebring.   Mr. Peterson was the original District Engineer for the Sun 'n Lake of Sebring Improvement District.  C.A. Peterson of Highlands County, Inc. was formed in 1983 by Mr. Peterson for operations in Highlands County as a separate entity from his Clearwater, Florida office, C.A. Peterson, Inc. The corporation also served as an entity for future acquisition by his personnel living and working in Highlands County upon his retirement.

Dale began working for C.A. Peterson, Inc. in August 1978 and began managing the Highlands county office in 1981. Dale then became a Professional Engineer in 1983.  The experience listed herein applies to all three corporate entities in various portions of that time period from 1978 until the present.  Since Mr. Peterson lived in Clearwater, Dale was his representative in Highlands County and carried out many of the day-to-day duties of Improvement District Engineer. Since Mr. Peterson retired from Highlands County in 1991, Dale has continued to work with the Improvement District and has represented the Improvement District as district engineer on many projects.


Over the years our company has been involved in many different projects within and for the Improvement District including road design, drainage design, construction supervision, water distribution system design, sewage collection system design, sewage treatment plant design, water use permits, jurisdictional surveys, platting, surveying and construction layout for all of the above. This work has also involved working with and obtaining permits from other governmental agencies such as the Southwest Florida Water Management District, various departments of Highlands County, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Florida Department of Transportation.

Our experience is not limited to Sun 'n Lake Estates.  We have worked for other governmental agencies such as Highlands County, Sebring Airport Authority and the United States Air Force, as well as many other clients from the private sector.  We have been involved in varying degrees in planning, surveying, platting, environmental determinations, sewage collection and treatment, water distribution and treatment, drainage design (County, SWFWMD, SFWMD and FDOT specifications), road and street design, dredge and fill permits and environmental mitigation for projects in Highlands, Hardee, Desoto, Polk, Okeechobee, Hendry, Palm Beach, Lee, and Charlotte Counties.  Types of projects include commercial developments, office buildings, health care facilities, hospitals, warehouses, fire stations, county jail (Hardee), airplane hangers, citrus groves and nurseries, subdivisions, mobile home parks, R.V. Parks, convenience stores, shopping centers, automobile dealerships, phosphate mines and processing, motels, churches, elderly care facilities, highway intersections, flood plain determinations, soil series determinations, wetland or jurisdictional boundaries, reports, inspections, supervision and cost estimates.  Notable projects in the Highlands County area include: Taco Bell (Sebring, now Sonic and Avon Park), KFC (Sebring), Dr. Gonzalez Office Complex, Dr. Bassetti Office Complex, Desoto City Fire Station, the Highlands County Emergency Operations Center, the expansion of the Placid Lakes Volunteer Fire Department, The Bluffs (a FEMA drainage project), the Sun 'n Lake of Lake Placid Club House, Florida Hospitals in Lake Placid and Sebring, Panoz School of Racing training track at Sebring International Raceway, The Restoration Church of Highlands County, the Sun 'n Lake of Sebring Improvement District Clubhouse, the Highlands County Public Defender Office, the Sebring Checkers, the Highlands County Humane Society expansion, the EAA Aviation Education Center, the Southgate Shopping Center Publix Supermarket replacement, Alan Jay Toyota rennovation, Cornell Colony in Avon Park, Everglades Pediatric Dentristry Office, Recovery Village.

We have also worked for the Sebring Airport Authority as well in the past on drainage design and environmental work.  Those projects include the Tulius T-hangers, a fuel depot, MT propeller, Sebring Custom Tanning and the Hancor manufacturing facility mitigation site.

Polston Engineering, Inc. is on the Highlands County Planning Department approved list of environmental professionals qualified to do Preliminary Field Investigations and Environmental Impact Reports for review by the Highlands County Natural Resource Advisory Committee.

We also specialize in obtaining and renewing water use permits through the various water management districts.

We are computer capable and utilize programs such as AutoCAD Civil3D, Advanced ICPR, Ponds, MODRET, Adobe Acrobat, ArcGIS, Visual Modflow, Microsoft Office Suite a daily basis. We make an effort to keep up with the rapidly changing computer technology so that we can be up to date and efficient in our work and communications with clients and other firms.
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