Building of Seminole Wellness Center planned to start in first quarter

The Seminole State College of Florida Wellness Center is gearing up to begin construction early next year, and is talking to about half a dozen companies to add to its first three tenants.

The prospective tenants are medical, exercise and rehab related, said Patrick Faulkner, partner with developer The Keith Corporation of Charlotte, N.C.


The $10 million project, on the Sanford/Lake Mary campus, is still looking for more tenants to fulfill its goal of being a comprehensive health and wellness site, with everything from physical therapy to pharmacy.

Already signed on are the YMCA, Orlando Health and Walgreens.


The businesses will take space in the 60,000-square-foot facility, which is being built as a public/private partnership. The plan is for the center to be the financed, run and maintained by the college and The Keith Corporation.

The YMCA would take up 4,000 square feet and possibly have another 12,000 square feet of shared fitness space, as well as educational programs focused on healthy living, prevention and strength.

Orlando Health would provide a primary care and occupational health clinic. Providers would include general practitioners, orthopedic specialists, optometrists, physical therapists, gynecologists/obstetricians, nutritionists and chiropractors.

Walgreens would operate a pharmacy and retail store.

The center will replace the college's 40-year-old gymnasium, although parts of that structure may be used in the new facility, said John Harris, senior vice president at Balfour Beatty Construction.

"This will be an opportunity for faculty, staff and students to go during the day for fitness and also be open to the public," Harris said.

The center is meant to save the college money on health-insurance costs and help attract students, the Orlando Sentinel reported when the college announced its intentions in mid-2014.

In addition to Orlando-based Balfour Beatty, local firms involved in the project are HuntonBrady Architects and HKS Architects. Enwright Consulting Group, a Tallahassee firm that specializes in wellness center designs, is also part of the development team.


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