Valencia breaks ground on Lake Nona campus

June 17, 2011, 5:53 am

On Wednesday, Valencia College broke ground on the first building of its new Lake Nona campus. It is located in the northeast quadrant of Lake Nona’s “Medical City.” The campus will join UCF’s medical school, (The Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute) as well as Nemours Children’s Hospital and the Orlando VA Medical Center. The new campus will open up opportunities for students to study biomedical and life sciences. “We are delighted to bring a campus to the Lake Nona community that will allow us to expand our course offerings and develop new programs to support the unique economic development needs of the region,” said Kathleen Plinske, president of the Lake Nona and Osceola campuses.

It plans to open in August of 2012, and will be a three-story, 83,000-square-foot building. It will contain 18 classrooms, six science labs, a library, a bookstore, a small cafe and administrative offices. The cost of the new site is $21.7 million, this is the first of four buildings proposed for the campus, which will eventually accommodate about 5,000 students and total at least 250,000 square feet.

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