Leaders with the Winter Park Health Foundation and Florida Hospital on Thursday celebrated a significant construction milestone at the Center for Health & Wellbeing, which will be the most innovative and comprehensive facility of its kind in Central Florida when it opens late next year.
The 80,000-square-foot Center for Health & Wellbeing is designed to provide comprehensive services and opportunities for whole-person, whole-community care — a top priority for both the Winter Park Health Foundation and partner Florida Hospital.
Leaders from both organizations joined Duda|Paine Architects and Jack Jennings & Sons for the ‘topping out’ ceremony, marking that the building has reached its highest point. Crews hoisted a tree — decorated by community leaders with ornaments representing wellness, fitness and medicine — atop the structure.
“This is an exciting day for not just the Winter Park Health Foundation, our partners and the teams that are building this stunning facility, but most importantly — our entire community,” said Patty Maddox, President & CEO of the Winter Park Health Foundation. “We are one major step closer to helping our community make their health — physical, emotional and spiritual — a top priority.”
The Center for Health & Wellbeing, located near Winter Park Memorial Hospital on Mizell Avenue In Winter Park, will focus on three areas: wellness, fitness and medicine. The heart of the facility will be “The Commons,” which will include a healthy café and a conference center for educational classes and other activities.
The center’s wellness offerings will also include:
A “Nutrition Theater,” where activities such as cooking demonstrations will occur
Children’s wellness/child care
Healthy Living Experience
Outdoor gardens, terrace with patio seating and indoor and outdoor walking paths
The fitness component will feature an all-new Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center, which includes:
Natatorium with two pools: a dedicated lap pool, and one for warm-water therapy and aquatic exercise
Multipurpose fitness rooms for group exercise classes and yoga
Modern fitness floor featuring the latest in equipment for cardio exercise and weight training
The medical component —15,000 square feet of space anchored by Florida Hospital — will include:
Sports medicine and rehabilitation
Specialty and primary care physician offices
Chronic condition management and education
Massage and acupuncture services
“The Center for Health & Wellbeing is not just a building, but a place that will facilitate health in an innovative way,” said Jennifer Wandersleben, Administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital. “Florida Hospital has partnered with the Winter Park Health Foundation for nearly two decades and we are thrilled to bring these state-of-the-art health and wellness services to Central Florida, and make this one of the healthiest communities in the nation.”
Prior to the Topping Out Ceremony for the Center for Health & Wellbeing (CHWB), attendees gathered at the Winter Park Health Foundation office. Special guests included Peggy Crosby (original benefactor for the Peggy & Philip B. Crosby Wellness Center when it opened in 1989). The CHWB will provide a new home for the Crosby Wellness Center when the facility opens late 2018.
Guests shared their wishes for 2018 and the new Center for Health & Wellbeing by writing them on “ornaments” which were placed on the tree hoisted to the highest point on the facility during the Topping Out Ceremony.
Several new renderings of the Center for Health & Wellbeing were debuted at the Topping Out event. For a close up view of all the renderings prepared by Duda|Paine Architects, go to www.wellbeingnetwork.org
Patty Maddox, Winter Park Health Foundation (WPHF) President & CEO, and Jennifer Wandersleben, Florida Hospital (FH) Administrator for Winter Park Memorial Hospital, emceed the Topping Out Ceremony for the Center for Health & Wellbeing, which included representatives from WPHF, FH, Crosby Wellness Center, Jack Jennings & Sons (general contractor) and Duda|Paine Architects.
Topping Out ceremonies are a traditional milestone marking construction of a facility – like the Center for Health & Wellbeing – has reached its highest point. The construction crew, led by Jack Jennings & Sons, hoisted a festive tree (decorated with wishes written by event guests as well as items representative of wellness, fitness and medicine) to the top of the facility set to be completed late 2018.
Patty Maddox, Winter Park Health Foundation President & CEO, and Jennifer Wandersleben, Florida Hospital Administrator of Winter Park Memorial Hospital, led the Topping Out Ceremony for the Center for Health & Wellbeing.
Crosby Wellness Center members/leaders reunited to participate in the Topping Out of the new Center for Health & Wellbeing. The Crosby Wellness Center will be the cornerstone of the new facility offering a unique combination of programs and services for wellness, fitness and medicine.
Trustees and staff of the Winter Park Health Foundation celebrated the Topping Out milestone and were all smiles knowing this means the Center for Health & Wellbeing is on schedule for opening late 2018.
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