Less than two years after taking full control of South Lake Hospital in Clermont, Orlando Health has filed plans with the city for a new 5-story patient tower that would expand it from 140 to 250 beds, as well as updating the master site plan the identifies future expansions of the facility and the neighboring National Training Center campus.
The hospital’s updated Conditional Use Permit was scheduled to go to the city’s Planning & Zoning Board on July 7, but the hospital asked for a one-month delay.
The new patient tower would be built at the southwest corner of the hospital and connect it to the Women’s Center. It would add eight Intensive Care Unit beds, bringing the total number to 30. The Women’s Center also would gain at least 10 additional labor and inpatient rooms. The fourth and fifth floors each would have 30 inpatient beds, but the fifth floor would likely be constructed as a shell and built out at a later date, according to the plan.
The new master site plan expands several surface parking lots to gain 135 spaces and realigns Don Wickham Drive to intersect with Legends Way. The hospital would install a traffic signal at the intersection of Legend’s Way and Citrus Tower Boulevard, and city staff has request that it also install an emergency signal at Fire Station 103 on Citrus Tower Boulevard.
The plan also identifies the location for future building expansions on the eastern side of the facility that would bring the hospital up to its full capacity of 300 beds. The development team consists of GAI Consultants as civil engineer and landscape architect, HKS Architects is building architect and interior designer, and TLC Engineering for M/E/P design.
Orlando Health officials would not discuss any details of the submitted plans and would only confirm it was planning to expand services at the OH South Lake Hospital campus.
While the hospital isn’t seeking any formal approvals at this time, it also included a new 15-year master plan update for the National Training Center, which is a part of the OH South Lake Hospital system and offers specialized training for elite athletes in a number of collegiate and Olympic sports. Athletes with NTC ties won a total of 10 medals at the Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
The plans by RS&H call for a new headquarters buildings to be centrally located among the existing soccer fields (at the intersection of Champions Way and Legends Way), with new restroom and storage facilities. The NTC’s aquatic center would be expanded with an adjacent natatorium. The track facility would be flanked by a new parking structure to the north and a covered sports pavilion to the south. A new office building would be constructed at the northeast corner of S.R. 50 and Champions Way, and finally, the parking would be expanded next to the existing Special Olympics building.
South Lake Hospital began a $50 million expansion project in 2016 to double the size of its emergency department and build two off-campus facilities: a $13 million free-standing emergency department and medical pavilion in Cagan Crossings, and an urgent care center at the intersection of U.S. Route 27 and the northbound entrance to Florida’s Turnpike. The hospital has also added a new cancer center on its South Lake campus since then.
Orlando Health also paid $14.4 million in 2019 for a future hospital site in Reunion Village, at the ChampionsGate interchange at I-4.