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Tavistock exec’s commitment is building Lake Nona’s sports empire

Lake Nona is one of Central Florida’s fastest-growing regions and a hotbed for new development in all aspects including and wellness.

Inside Lake Nona is a burgeoning 300-acre sports district that’s home to the U.S. Tennis Association’s $100 million USTA National Campus and the future $20 million Orlando City Soccer training facility.

The sports district also has plans for a new eight-story Lake Nona Resort catering to sports performance and well-being, plus a planned water sports park.

Further, the region intends to seek to become the home of USA Gymnastics. The team is leaving its Texas home for a new location and Lake Nona executives have voiced their desire to bring the team here.

At the head of many of those discussions is Andy Odenbach, vice president of sports ventures with Development Co. He is spearheading many efforts by the firm to develop Lake Nona into one of the most cutting-edge sports communities in the world.

Here, Odenbach tells Orlando Journal more about future plans, his goals for 2018 and more:

What are your business goals for 2018? We are working on a number of significant projects right now at Lake Nona. Unfortunately, a number of non-disclosure agreements have been signed that keep me from getting too specific, but if we can announce at least two, then it will be a great 2018.

What are your personal goals for 2018? To make sure I am maximizing quality time with my teenagers. We already have one at Florida State University, and before you know it, the other three will be out of the house, too. I also am looking to shave a few minutes off my time at St. Anthony’s Triathlon in St. Petersburg at the end of this month.

What’s the latest on the efforts to bring USA Gymnastics to Orlando? They still have plenty of things they are working through with a new CEO. I wouldn’t be surprised if a request for proposals is released in the next few weeks.

If you could add anything sports-related besides gymnastics to Lake Nona, what would that be? We recently announced a 110,000-square-foot-plus, medically-integrated fitness facility, in partnership with Signet and Integrated Wellness Partners, last month during the Lake Nona Impact Forum. We need to nail the design, programming and partners. If we do this right, it will become a resource that other national governing bodies, professional athletes and amateur athletes all will want access to, regardless of where they live. You will love being a member to access everything this center will have.

What about the culture of Lake Nona impresses you most?People generally want to be a part of something bigger than themselves. At Lake Nona, people recognize that we are building a city within a city – together. The “together” part is critical to the culture. It’s not about a developer and the residents who happen to live there. It’s an entire ecosystem of people, families, workers, companies, ideas and values that together create this place where great things can happen.

What’s a motto you live by? If you’re going to commit yourself to something, then make sure you are “all in” and give it everything you’ve got. This isn’t just a work thing, it’s a parent thing, it’s a spouse thing, it’s a personal thing, as well. If you can’t give a maximum commitment, then don’t do it. I learned it the hard way, by having those moments when I didn’t fully commit and ended up being disappointed with myself.

Who inspires you to get up and work every day? I used to get up and grind every day for me, but now it’s for my kids. I’m simply hoping the hustle wears off on them.

What do you do to wind down after a busy day? Cook or have a glass of wine with my wife on the couch. Sometimes both.

What are your top three sports or physical activities? Swim, bike, run and golf — oops, that’s four.

What’s your guilty pleasure food? Do India pale ales count? There are lots of carbs and calories in there.

What current businessperson inspires you? I was invited to a KPMG women’s leadership summit and was really impressed with Ginni Rometty, CEO of IBM. She is intelligent, well-spoken and knew the ins and outs of her business. Nothing was given to her and, most importantly, she really seemed to care about her employees and customers. I truly believe if you care about your customers and care about the people who work for you, the results will be there.

Who is a non-living businessperson that inspires you? Anyone who had the courage to create something incredible when society told them they were nuts. Think Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Steve Jobs or the Wright Brothers. I’m a sucker for big ideas and perseverance.

What is the biggest lesson you’ve learned in your career? Stay humble, stay hungry, listen, help everyone you can and don’t take yourself too seriously.

Lake Nona parent launches Tavistock Hotel Collection

 

Billionaire Joe Lewis’ Tavistock Group on Jan. 30 announced the launch of the new Hotel Collection that will oversee two new hotels planned to break ground in this year.

The new entity will oversee a “growing” hospitality portfolio, including the Tavistock Lake Nona Resort and the Tavistock Town Center Hotel in the southeast community. Kit Pappas — a 30-year hospitality veteran who previously was COO of  hotel developer and manager Capella Hotel Group — was appointed vice president of hotel management.

“It’s significant when an organization like Tavistock — known around the globe for its smart investments and commitment to excellence — says they want to create an innovative opportunity in your industry,” Pappas said in a prepared statement. “We now have an opportunity to create new brands and experiences with the same excellence, creativity and ingenuity that Tavistock is known throughout the world for, and I for one wanted to be a part of that from day one.”

Along with the Lake Nona project, the new Tavistock Hotel Collection will include additional properties in the future that focus on “exceptional services and delivering one-of-a-kind experiences.” In fact, sister company Tavistock Development Co. LLC recently bought Fort Lauderdale’s Pier Sixty-Six Hotel & Marina, with plans to reimagine it as the city’s social harbor.

“As we look to our future and that of Tavistock’s growing portfolio of world-class properties, the creation of the Tavistock Hotel Collection will allow us greater opportunities to engage with our customers and create more fulfilling experiences,” Tavistock Development President Jim Zboril said in a prepared statement. “This collection will only further these efforts by offering us these additional engagement opportunities.”

Meanwhile, here’s a closer look at the two Lake Nona properties:

Tavistock Lake Nona Resort

The new eight-story iconic performance resort and spa will feature one of the nation’s largest man-made Crystal Lagoons bringing the “beach” to Central Florida in 2020. The project, which will feature 250 guest rooms and 80 condos, will be built between the Lake Nona Golf & Country Club and the USTA National Campus. It’s expected to appeal to athletes, leisure travelers, incentive groups and families. Amenities will include 20,000 square feet of meeting space, an expansive rooftop lounge, a 120,000-square-foot beach volleyball venue, and a major fitness and spa campus. Miami-based Arquitectonica is the project architect.

Tavistock Town Center Hotel

The 16-story, 215-room as-of-yet-unbranded hotel is planned for the center of the overall, more than 3 million-square-foot Lake Nona Town Center, which is planned to become a destination for shopping, dining and entertainment when it debuts in late 2019. The 16-story, full-service hotel will be targeted to leisure travelers, business professionals and style-conscious guests. Amenities will include a 24-hour fitness center featuring Technogym equipment, an 80-seat restaurant and a vibrant rooftop pool and lounge with private event capabilities.

Check out the photo gallery for a closer look at the two properties.

The 17-square-mile Lake Nona is one of Central Florida’s hottest communities. It notched the No. 15 spot among the nation’s top-selling master-planned communities with 523 home sales in 2017, John Burns Real Estate Consulting reported. Additionally, the community already boasts more than 11,000 residents, 5,000 employees in its 650-acre life sciences hub, plenty of new activity in the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, and more than 11,000 students at its schools.

Exclusive: Construction tees up for $25M Lake Nona golf attraction

It’s official: ’s & Performance District is adding a new golf and entertainment element to the mix.

Franklin, Tenn.-based The Parkes Cos. last week was issued a permit valued at $10 million to begin work on Drive Shack, the new complex at 7675 Lake Nona Blvd., according to city of documents.

The project includes a three-story, 57,000-square-foot driving range entertainment facility that includes a restaurant, lounge, bar, hitting bays and meeting spaces, according to Orange County permitting documents. It will be built on a 15-acre site on the northwest quadrant of State Road 417 and Lake Nona Boulevard, as previously reported by Orlando Business Journal. It will be similar to Topgolf, which plans to open an Orlando site on International Drive this fall.

A project manager at The Parkes Cos. wasn’t available for comment and it appears Drive Shack Orlando’s Facebook page hasn’t been updated since September, as of the morning of May 22.

However, New York-based Drive Shack Inc. (NYSE: DS) is a new global golf entertainment company as announced last November by New York-based real estate investment trust Newcastle Investment Corp., which is managed by an affiliate of real estate firm Fortress Investment Group LLC (NYSE: FIG).

The Lake Nona site is the parent company’s first Drive Shack location and another one is in the works, Drive Shack CEO and President Sarah Watterson said during the company’s May 5 first-quarter earnings call. Here’s more on what Watterson had to say about the project during that call:

“On the entertainment golf business, we continue to be very excited and make strides in developing our global network of Drive Shack venues. In Orlando, we’re in the midst of constructing our first venue, with the goal being open in first-quarter 2018. We’re also very excited to announce that our second Drive Shack venue will be developed in Richmond, Va. … Our venues feature multiple stories of hitting suites, whether friends, family, coworkers or complete strangers are able to compete in various technologically-enhanced golf games while using TaylorMade clubs. Consumers who are seeking a good time, but maybe not looking to participate in the game, are able to enjoy food and beverage options from one of our many entertainment, restaurant or lounge areas.”

Each Drive Shack site is expected to cost $15 million-$25 million to build, and would generate about $3 million-$6 million of earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortization, a December 2016 investor presentation showed.

Kansas City, Mo.-based Populous is the project architect; Walter P. Moore is the structural engineer; ME Engineers is handling mechanical, electrical and plumbing; and Howe Engineers is the code engineer.

Meanwhile, Drive Shack in Lake Nona is the next piece of the 300-acre Sports & Performance District, which boasts the now operating $100 million U.S. Tennis Association National Campus; the soon-to-debut $1.4 million USTA Florida headquarters and U.S. Professional Tennis Association complex; and the $20 million Orlando City Soccer Club training facility.

Elsewhere in Lake Nona, global audit giant KPMG LLP is hosting a May 22 groundbreaking on its new $430 million Lake Nona training center and Lake Nona developer Tavistock Development Co. LLC expects big things for the next $300 million phase of its Lake Nona Town Center.

New Lake Nona office building in the works

Steps are being taken to build a new office building in Lake Nona’s growing Town Center.

Building No. 2. include four-story, 100,000-square-foot

Tavistock Development Co. LLC’s entity, Lake Nona Land Co. LLC, on Aug. 22 applied for an environmental resource permit that could allow site work to begin on a 11.3-acre project dubbed “Lake Nona South Town Center Phase 1, Office Building No. 2.” Plans include a four-story, 100,000-square-foot Class A office building.

The planned facility will be similar in size to the Town Center’s first Class A office building that houses Tavistock’s headquarters, Regus, Nemours Children’s Hospital administrative offices and Nurse on Call near Medical City. An existing parking garage will stand between the new office building and the current one.

The project will create new construction, vendor, leasing and job opportunities for local firms. However, it’s just a small portion of what’s in the works at the Lake Nona Town Center that’s slated to become a 3.8 million-square-foot lifestyle and entertainment center with restaurants, shops, hotels and more. A new restaurant called Chroma Modern Bar + Kitchen will open there next month. See here for more on the Lake Nona Town Center plans.

The Lake Nona and Orlando International Airport area in second-quarter 2016 had more than 1 million square feet of office space with a 14.2 percent vacancy rate and a $27.49 average asking rent rate per square foot, according to a Cushman & Wakefield report.

Water Polo Lake Nona

Kensey Clinch of Lake Nona polo

Kensey Clinch, , Sr.

Notable: Clinch, of Lake Nona High School who was also the area player of the year as a junior, scored 102 goals and led the Lions to a record-setting 28-1 season. That capped a career in which she was a key player LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Kate Gynther of Australia is challenged by Giulia Enrica Emmolo of Italy during the Women's Water Polo Preliminary match between Italy and Australia on Day 3 of the London 2012 Olympic Games at Water Polo Arena on July 30, 2012 in London, England. (Photo by Stu Forster/Getty Images)for four consecutive Lake Nona district title teams.

“She was a dominant all-around player and she was often triple-teamed,” said Lake Nona coach Alex Bennett. “Even in the state championship semifinal she was covered by three girls.”

Lake Nona http://WeKnowNona.com was 28-0 until it lost the final four game 8-3 to Miami Ransom Everglades, which went on to defeat Olympia to win the state championship.

“We were hoping to win the state championship this year, and that didn’t happen,” Clinch said. “But it’s much bigger than that is the way I look at it. Everything I accomplished, and the people I met and the relationships formed. … that’s all more of a win for me. It was a great season. I wouldn’t change it.”

Clinch signed with Mercyhurst University (Pa.), where she will play water polo alongside her older sister, Jena, for one season.