Tavistock preps new Lake Nona Medical City office bldg for high-profile partner

Bob Moser

Tavistock Development Company is preparing a new single-tenant, build-to-suit office building for long-standing partner Johnson & Johnson that would expand the footprint of its Health & Life Sciences Cluster in Lake Nona Medical City. 

Located on the southeast corner of Laureate Boulevard and Medical City Drive, the approximate 4.9-acre site lies within a 296-acre undeveloped tract in the Medical City district, south of the UCF Health Sciences campus and west of the V.A. Medical Center. 

Tavistock has filed a Specific Parcel Master Plan for the proposed 34,480-square-foot office building with the city of Orlando, along with a preliminary plat for major subdivision of the property. It goes before the Southeast Town Design Review Committee on Nov. 9. 

The facility would have a private tennis court outside, associated parking and a unique layout of services inside. Gensler is the architect and Langan Engineering out of Tampa is civil engineer. 

Johnson & Johnson is not named as the prospective tenant on any application or design document. Sources with knowledge of the deal told GrowthSpotter the company is in advanced negotiations for the property. 

Tavistock, Gensler and Langan declined to comment on Thursday. 

The building's site plan shows an array of rooms not typical of a standard corporate medical office. 

Along with the standard cafe and kitchen areas, open work spaces, multiple small pitch/phone rooms and two small "focus" rooms for group work, the building's unique features include: three large classrooms of between 1,000 and 1,500 square feet, a "broadcast" room (518 SF) which has been used in other corporate headquarters to broadcast to the outside world or satellite offices, a luggage storage room (100 SF), men's and women's locker rooms, a gym (4,498 SF) and agility room (1,502 SF), a "phlebotomy" room (171 SF) typically used for drawing blood, and three small "BOD POD" rooms with innovative egg-shaped capsules used to measure body fat index. 

Elevations and a rendering provided with the SPMP show the building would feature architecturally exposed structural steel, floor-to-ceiling windows across much of the building, and a stained concrete slab floor.

Johnson & Johnson has had its long-standing Human Performance Institute on the northern end of Lake Nona since the late 1990s, and is an invested partner with Tavistock on the Lake Nona Life Project to study the connection between lifestyles and health among the residents of Lake Nona. 

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