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Seminole State trustees approve proposal to expand Altamonte Springs Campus

An artist's look at what the Altamonte Springs Campus would look like when it is fully developed. U.S. Health Realty is proposing a second building at the site. The current building is in gold. (HuntonBrady Architects)

The Seminole State College of District Board of Trustees, at its meeting on Monday, Aug. 31, unanimously approved an unsolicited joint development proposal to build a 200,000-square-foot health science and education building at the Altamonte Springs Campus.

“The development will have a great impact on our community and Seminole State College,” says Dr. Joe Sarnovsky, executive vice president for Seminole State. “This facility will enhance the College’s ability to prepare a strong workforce for our region, create jobs and help boost our economy. The partnerships this creates will have lasting effects on our community.”

The predevelopment proposal, from U.S. HealthRealty, calls for building a seven-level, 200,000-square-foot building with ground-level retail and commercial space at the campus, and additional parking. The College would occupy about one-third of the space, but the entire facility would support the learning environment, Sarnovsky says.

The building, with an estimated cost of $48 million, would be financed and developed by U.S. HealthRealty.

“We applaud the foresight of College leadership and the Board of Trustees to secure this prime site to create what will undoubtedly become a key hub of education, workforce and economic development activity for the region,” says Chris Yontz, president of U.S. HealthRealty.

The building will be built by U.S. HealthRealty’s alliance design-build partner Skanska USA Building Inc, and the architects will be HuntonBrady Architects and HKS Architects Inc., Yontz says. Additional information will be revealed as the project evolves over the next few months.

The College received the unsolicited proposal in June. College staff now will begin negotiations with U.S. HealthRealty with a final proposal expected as early as November. The project could open as early as August 2017. 

The Altamonte Springs Campus, located at the corner of Maitland Boulevard and S.R. 434, opened in 2008. The campus expanded to 43 acres when the college completed the purchase of three adjacent car dealership buildings.

“The campus is to be built in phases as partners are identified,” Sarnovsky says.

When fully developed, the campus will include 1.4 million square feet of space, more than the College’s four campuses currently have combined, with eight multistory buildings and parking structures to support more than 35,000 students and employees.

The current one-building campus has about 6,100 students and is the home to all of the College’s healthcare programs. A new Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Health Sciences will launch at the campus as early as Summer Term 2016. 

This is one of two joint development projects at the College. In May, Seminole State's Board of Trustees entered into an agreement with The Keith Corporation to develop a wellness center on the Sanford/Lake Mary Campus.

To learn more about the Altamonte Springs Campus expansion, please visit the master plan page.

About U.S. HealthRealty

U.S. HealthRealty, based in Nashville, Tenn., is a leader in the highly specialized area of healthcare development. Recent developments include the Texas A&M Health Science Center and the India University Multi-Institutional Academic Health Science and Research Center.

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