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Local Medical

Lake Nona’s medical city is emerging not only as Orlando’s fastest-growing, most innovative master-planned community encompassing 7,000 acres, but also as a “Project of Promise” featuring Nemours Children’s Hospital, M.D. Anderson Orlando’s Cancer Research Institute, Orlando VA Medical Center, University of Central Florida’s new College of Medicine and Health Sciences campus, Burnham Institute for Medical Research’s east coast campus, and a University of Florida research facility dotting the Lake Nona Gateway Interchange in the 600-acre Science and Technology Park.

Even better: Lake Nona’s commitment to creating thoughtfully designed, sustainable and responsible communities via participation in the Leadership in Energy and Environment Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System, the national benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high-performance green buildings.

This emerging Medical City in Orlando includes:

University of Central Florida (UCF) College of Medicine

Part of the nation’s 2nd largest university, the UCF medical campus will include the Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences, a medical library and other UCF health sciences programs. The medical college’s has now entered its third year and nearly 200 med students are now enrolled at the college.

(Lake Nona campus opened in Fall 2010.)

Total construction investment: $98 million

Burnett School of Biomedical Sciences

UCF’s esteemed research, graduate bio-med and undergraduate program will help the College of Medicine build a research-intensive medical school where cutting-edge medical research spans the entire spectrum, from the laboratory bench to patient bedsides.

(Opened in early 2010.)

Total construction investment: $68 million

MD Anderson Orlando Cancer Research Institute (CRI)

By relocating its current facilities to Lake Nona, MD Anderson Orlando’s CRI (part of Orlando Health) will partner with the UCF College of Medicine on research projects and some of the Center’s doctors will serve as faculty members.


(Opened in Fall 2009.)

Total construction investment: $2.5 million

Nemours Children’s Hospital

Nemours’ specialized hospital for children will be the central hub of a 60-acre pediatric health campus featuring a children’s clinic, emergency department, diagnostic and ambulatory programs, education centers and research programs.

(Scheduled to open in Fall 2012.)

Total construction investment: $380 million

Orlando VA Medical Center

This brand new, 1.2 million square foot, state-of-the-art facility will increase accessibility to healthcare for approximately 400,000 Central Florida veterans and will be the first VA hospital built in the United States since 1995.

(Scheduled to open in Summer 2013.)

Total construction investment: $665 million

University of Florida Research Center

This 100,000 square foot research facility will be shared with the Burnham Institute, enabling the state’s largest university to have direct collaboration opportunities with Burnham’s top scientists.

(Scheduled to open in Summer 2012.)

Total construction investment: $61 million