Johnson & Johnson institute’s new HQ to go in Lake Nona’s Medical City

 

Although it was known earlier this year that New Brunswick, N.J.-based Johnson & Johnson’s (NYSE: JNJ) Human Performance Institute planned to expand in Lake Nona, but many assumed its new headquarters would be built near its existing building that’s located at 9757 Club Drive, which has been there for about 20 years on the north side of the southeast Orlando community near the North Lake Park neighborhood.

And now it’s been revealed that the company plans to construct its new $18 million, 34,480-square-foot office building about five miles southwest of its existing 17,000-square-foot location. The headquarters — being developed by Tavistock Development Co. LLC — will go in Lake Nona’s 650-acre life sciences hub known as on 7.7 acres at the southeast corner of Medical City Drive and Laureate Boulevard.

The vacant site at 6614 Laureate Blvd. is south of the existing Sanford Burnham Prebys Medical Discovery Institute at Lake Nona and southwest of the parcel where the University of Central Florida and Nashville, Tenn.-based Hospital Corp. of America (NYSE: HCA) plan to build a teaching hospital.

Once completed by year’s end, the new headquarters of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute — a division of Johnson & Johnson Health & Wellness Solutions Inc. — will create 25 high-wage positions and draw Fortune 500 companies, professional athletes and military special forces to Lake Nona to work on achieving mental and physical high performance.

The institute chose the site for its new headquarters because “this was really one of the best places to locate [those services] to and go deeper into Medical City with these cutting-edge companies and technologies that are here,” Lowing Kibbey, global head of the institute, previously told Orlando Journal. “That was really our focus, to be in a place where there are that vitality and innovation.”

Check out the site plan and see the photo gallery above for more on the one-story Medical City building.