Orlando Health has submitted a revised Master Plan and Appearance Review package for its new 66,000-square-foot corporate office building in the heart of its growing medical campus in Orlando’s SoDo district.
The five-story building comprises the second phase of the complex at 55 W. Gore Street, following the completion last year of a 925-space parking garage. Hospital executives estimate the building’s value at $18 million, according to the application documents.
Hospital spokeswoman Kena Lewis said the new corporate headquarters will allow the company to upgrade its office space, centralize services and plan for future expansion. The plan calls for streetscape improvements on Gore Street and Kuhl Avenue and a shady outdoor plaza where employees can enjoy al fresco dining.
“It’s a beautiful building,” Lewis said. “It’s got almost a park-like setting. We’re saving some very large, beautiful trees.”
The corporate offices is the Phase 2 of the infill redevelopment of that entire block, which started in 2017 with the renovation of an existing 95,000-square-foot annex office building on the site. It now houses the company’s human resources staff and serves as a hub for hiring and training for the company.
“It provides modern facilities and a centralized location, as well," she said. “Now we have team members spread out in throughout or properties, and we want to bring all of those offices together. ”
The corporate office comes on the heels of a series of construction projects to accommodate the growing company.
In August, Orlando Health will break ground on a nine-story structure on West Copeland Drive that will be part medical office building and part parking garage.
Located between Sligh Boulevard and Lucerne Terrace, the facility will feature a one-story, 12,000-square-foot medical office space facing Copeland Drive and a five-story, 42,000-square-foot office building facing Sligh Boulevard. The nine-level, 895-space parking garage will be open to visitors and employees.
Orlando Health has other construction projects in the works this year throughout the region, including a freestanding ER in Lake Mary and one in Southeast Orlando’s Randal Park, which is expected to open in 2020. It’s also building its ninth hospital in Horizon West and recently purchased land in Reunion Village for a future health campus.