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Central Florida Behavioral Hospital to build extension, add beds

Central Florida Behavioral Hospital to build extension, add beds
Highlighted in blue, the Central Florida Behavioral Hospital is located on the corner of Central Florida Parkway and Sea Harbor Drive, just west of SeaWorld. (Orange County Property Appraiser)

Central Florida Behavioral Hospital, a niche treatment facility for mental health and substance abuse that's based directly west of SeaWorld, should break ground in early 2016 on a 25,363-square-foot addition, and has yet to choose its general contractor, a lead executive with the company told GrowthSpotter.

Located at 6601 Central Florida Parkway, the hospital first opened in September 2008 with 126 beds and 69,725 square feet. The facility hasn't received a significant expansion since, despite steady annual growth in patient visits that are on pace for more than 9,000 admissions in 2015, according to Rich Rodriguez, director of business development.

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Central Florida Behavioral Hospital is owned and operated by Universal Health Services, Inc., a publicly traded, Fortune 500 company.

The new building, known as Phase 3, will add 25,363 square feet and 54 new beds, bringing the hospital's size from its current 74,575 square feet and 120 beds to 99,938 square feet and 174 beds. The expansion will serve a full range of the hospital's patients.

The hospital has had its Land Use Plan (LUP) and a conditional change request to its Preliminary Subdivision Plan (PSP) recommended for approval by Orange County staff. The PSP update next goes to agenda for the Board of County Commissioners, likely clearing BCC in January.

Building permit applications and groundbreaking should follow in First Quarter 2016, with completion of Phase 3 by Fourth Quarter 2016. Once construction on the addition is complete, the hospital also plans renovations to its original facility, which should last through First Quarter 2017, Rodriguez said.

Winter Park-based Donald W. McIntosh Associates, Inc., is civil engineer on the project, while architecture work has been provided by Orlando's HHCP. The hospital is still putting together its construction team, Rodriguez said.

Rodriguez did not confirm a projected investment budget for the hospital's expansion and renovation.

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