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Seminole State BOT approves agreement for $10 million Wellness Center concept

An architectural rendering of the exterior of the proposed Wellness Center at Seminole State College's Sanford/Lake Mary Campus (HuntonBrady Architects)

The Seminole State College of Florida District Board of Trustees on Monday, May 18, agreed to enter into a development agreement to create a wellness center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

The agreement, with The Keith Corporation (TKC) and approved unanimously by trustees, would create an estimated $10 million joint development project involving Orlando Health, the Central Florida YMCA and Walgreens as partners.

“This proposal will transform our underutilized 40-year-old gym into a complete wellness concept designed not only to serve students, faculty and staff, but also to be a resource for the community,” says Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, executive vice president at Seminole State. “The Keith Corporation has assembled a solid team of architects, developers and partners to provide a wide range of affordable fitness services, and health and wellness options with gathering spaces that will appeal to our campus community.”

As envisioned, the center, which would be financed, operated and maintained by the College and TKC, would provide integrated, specialized services in an extended 44,000-square-foot facility, including:

  • Orlando Health primary care and occupational health clinics. Providers would include general practitioners, orthopedic specialists, optometrists, physical therapists, gynecologists/obstetricians, nutritionists and chiropractors.
  • A Walgreens pharmacy and retail store.
  • A 4,000-square-foot YMCA with a possible additional 12,000 square feet of shared fitness space, as well as educational programs focused on healthy living, prevention and strength.
  • A home for Seminole State Raider Athletics and intramural sports for students.

In addition, Sarnovsky says the center will serve as “a living laboratory” for Seminole State healthcare students in clinical practice.

Seminole State staff will work with TKC over the next few months to create a final design and operating plan that will go before the Board this fall, Sarnovsky said.

 Construction could begin as early as November 2015, with the building opening in spring 2017.

“We put together what we think is the best team for the College,” says Patrick Faulkner, real estate developer for TKC, which is based in Charlotte, North Carolina. “We have a project that financially works, and one that the students, faculty, and community can all be proud of.”

TKC has completed more than 200 development projects, many similar to the proposed wellness center at Seminole State, Faulkner says.

In addition to TKC, the design and construction team for the Wellness Center includes Orlando-based HuntonBrady Architects, Balfour Beatty, HKS Architects and Enwright Consulting Group, a specialist in wellness center designs.

To help make the project affordable, the structural framework of the existing gym and the north wing of the existing building H would be recycled. The design would be created with future expansion in mind, Faulkner says.

An intent to negotiate was advertised for the project in September 2014 with eight firms submitting responses. TKC was chosen from four short-listed firms.

This is one of two joint development projects Seminole State is pursuing. Seminole State is looking at a similar model as it moves ahead with the expansion of its Altamonte Springs Campus. The master plan at the campus calls for more than 1.4 million square feet of space on 42.5 acres. 

An view inside the proposed Wellness Center at the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus. (HuntonBrady Architects)

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