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 & 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
Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute at Lake Nona
A premier non-profit medical research facility focused on treatments for cancer, Alzheimer’s and other diseases, Sanford-Burnham will create more than 300 research jobs at its East Coast operation in Metro Orlando. Sanford-Burnham is one of only four National Institute of Health (NIH) comprehensive centers for chemical biology and drug discovery in the nation. (
This facility was the first to open in May of 2009
Total construction investment: $85 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