The GuideWell Innovation Center will occupy the first floor of this new Medical City building.
The GuideWell Innovation Center will occupy the first floor of this new Medical City building.

Builders interested in innovation are being sought for one of Medical City's more enterprising projects that will include a 250-seat theater in the round and prototyping facilities.

GuideWell is preparing for $11.3 million of site work and new construction for its innovation center. The center will occupy the first floor, or 30,000 square feet, of a 90,000-square-foot building that Tavistock Group is having built. The building is a focal point for the kind of research and breakthroughs that Lake Nona's Medical City plans to make a hallmark.

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Once complete, the building will be Central Florida's first multi-tenant site designed for companies involved in life sciences, health innovation and technology. It is the first of four planned buildings on the area's "commercial life sciences campus."

Tavistock is leasing the first floor to GuideWell.

GuideWell has not chosen a general contractor for outfitting the facility. But the Jacksonville-based holding company for healthcare concerns has tapped Jacksonville's Reynolds, Smith and Hills as project engineer, architect, mechanical engineer and electrical engineer. Architectural work will be a keystone to the project and include plants that will grow on walls as an aesthetic touch.

The deadline for bids is July 7. Work is expected to begin in August and finish up in December. The innovation center is pegged to open in March 2016.

Site work involves some minor interior demolition.

Other work to be done includes concrete and metal fabrication, carpentry, metal doors and frames, glazing, resilient flooring, mechanical insulation, piping, plumbing, ductwork and HVAC.

GuideWell Innovation Center is meant to bring together entrepreneurs to engage in research and connect them with investors to make the ideas a reality. It is also seen as a gathering place for healthcare industry leaders from all over the world to meet and address issues, evaluate emerging trends and find solutions that will help transform and reshape the healthcare industry.

The center will provide the supporting infrastructure, business expertise and business development programs to get these solutions to market, said Renee Finley, president of enterprise innovation for GuideWell.

"This is not your average office project," Finley said. "We want to develop next generation solutions."

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