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Seminole State moves ahead with Wellness Center project

The partner on the Wellness Center would have the option of renovating or replacing building H on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. The building currently houses a gym, athletics and intramural sports offices.

Seminole State College of Florida’s District Board of Trustees agreed to a concept, vision and timeline for a proposed Wellness Center on the College’s Sanford/Lake Mary Campus at its meeting on Sept. 15.


The timeline calls for the release an Intent to Negotiate (ITN) to solicit proposals for the center before Sept. 24. The Board could review contracts on the Wellness Center as early as June 2015, according to the timeline presented to the trustees by Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, executive vice president.

The College will seek a private partner to design, build, finance, operate and/or maintain the center.  Sarnovsky said the College is seeking a partner that has experience executing similar projects for joint development and operation of a wellness center.

“The Wellness Center includes the current building H, tennis courts and any additional land that makes sense and is consistent with our master plan for the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus," Sarnovsky said.

The College will leverage available land, infrastructure and campus amenities to lower the total project cost. The partner would have the option of renovating or replacing the existing H building, which first opened in 1975.

Sarnovsky called the project "a complete wellness concept," and said it would serve students, faculty and staff, and the community. He says it will focus on three components:

  • Health: This would include programming and services, such as diet and nutrition, cancer screenings, health screenings and preventive care. Service providers could include general practitioners, a health clinic, a pharmacy, orthopedic doctors, optometrists, physical therapists, gynecologist/obstetricians, nutritionists and chiropractors.
  • Fitness: Services may include health coaches and instructors for classes such as spinning, dancing and weight training.
  • Self: Service providers would offer stress reducing activities such as yoga, meditation, massage therapy and personal counseling.

The project, which was first approved by the Board in August 2013, is one of two partnership projects the College is pursuing under the public-private partnership legislation that was approved in 2013. On a larger scale, the College is interested in receiving unsolicited proposals from partners to help expand its Altamonte Springs Campus. The master plan for the Altamonte Springs Campus calls for creating 1.4 million square feet of space, more than the College’s current four campuses combined.

At the meeting, the Board of Trustees also:

  • Heard a proposal from Jon Bourbeau, vice chairman for Newmark Grubb Knight Frank of Miami, who assisted Broward College on a partnership project in Miramar.
  • Selected GrayRobinson as the general counsel for the Board of Trustees.
  • Agreed to a land exchange with Seminole County. If approved by Seminole County, the county would transfer an acre of land at the interchange of College Drive and Lake Mary Boulevard that includes the College’s marquee sign to Seminole State in exchange for an acre near the probation office. The transfer still must be approved by the county.
  • Approved an affiliation agreement with Axium Healthcare Pharmacy in Lake Mary for students in the Pharmacy Technology Program.
  • Approved an affiliation agreement with the University of South Florida that will allow USF master's degree students to complete their practicum requirements at Seminole State's Altamonte Springs Campus.

 Seminole State offers a number of free health and wellness opportunities for students, faculty and staff. For more information, please visit the wellness website.

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