KPMG’s new $430M Lake Nona training complex

 

 

 

New York-based KPMG LLP, one of the world’s Big 4 accounting firms, will implement lots of useful technology for its employees at its new $430 million,  55-acre training facility in Lake Nona that will feature 800 guest rooms for the thousands of out-of-town employees who will come to town each year.

For example, one aspect will be technology that can guide visiting employees to their rooms at the new KPMG Training & Innovation Facility at 9313 Blvd., which is set for completion in 2019. It’s important to make it simple for people to navigate through the center, as it will generate about 48,000 annual visits to with roughly 1,000 passengers flying in and out of the Orlando International Airport each week. “It’s an 800,000-square-foot facility — you’re going to need to know where to go,” said Bill Flemming, KPMG’s managing director and head of management, during the 2018 State of Lake Nona Real Estate event on May 9. “We will use beacon wayfinding so you will be tracked via your cell phone to know where you are and direct you to know where to go in the building.”

The Orlando International Airport also uses beacon wayfinding to help travelers find restaurants and terminals.

The technology will take the KPMG experience a step further by preparing the guest’s room before they enter. “When you step off the plane at the airport, your iPhone will direct you to your room, and as you get closer to the facility, the phone will turn on [connection to] the room to get the climate control, the TV station you want— it gets the room ready for your specifications,” Flemming said.

He noted that this technology along with special amenities at the campus will help lure in top talent. “Part of the reason we are building this facility is that there’s a fight for talent out there. We have to have a cutting-edge building that attracts people and says ‘this company reflects training, innovation, and state-of-the-art design,’ ” he said. “We have amenities that make it a holistic experience. Not only do you come in for training, but we also want people to be relaxed and understand teamwork dynamics.”

For example, there’s going to be a social venue with a restaurant, a bar, and outdoor and indoor recreation facilities, as well as relaxation rooms.

Site grading for the facility began last year. Flemming said the team has been working through design plans over the year, and to speed up the construction timeline for the project, KPMG is prefabricating 800 restrooms, which will simply slide into the building. The firm also is prefabricating the exterior walls in an offsite warehouse.

Once the training center is open, it’s expected to create an enormous economic impact by bringing thousands of employees into the market and creating at least 80 high-wage jobs at the facility. Lynne Doughtie, CEO and U.S. chairman of KPMG, previously told Orlando Journal that KPMG is expecting to create 250 jobs in the next couple of years.