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Adventist Health System Celebrates Opening and Dedication of New Headquarters
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Adventist Health System HeadquartersEmployees, city and county leaders and building partners celebrated the dedication and opening of the new Adventist Health System (AHS) corporate headquarters on December 8, 2011. The dedication ceremony took place at the new facility located at 900 Hope Way, near the intersection of State Road 434 and Maitland Boulevard in Altamonte Springs.

“I am pleased that our employees will now have the opportunity to work in an environment that will nurture our culture and inspire us to be at our best every day,” said AHS President/CEO Donald L. Jernigan, Ph.D.

In the days following the ceremony, nearly 300 employees, many of whom currently work in offices owned by AHS in Winter Park, will move into the new 150,000-square-foot, five-story, eco-friendly building.

“This building really reflects the mission of Adventist Health System, ‘Extending the Healing Ministry of Christ.’ The use of nature, fountains, sculptures, and the water theme incorporates our spiritual emphasis and reminds us that we exist to support those in the field, working in our facilities to carry out this mission in their local communities,” said Jernigan.

Other attributes of the new building include:

  • A focus on open space that provides the opportunity for interaction, collaboration and creativity, ensuring the flow of light and movement throughout the building.
  • Certification as a Silver LEED, or Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design, building, which designates the building as using environmentally friendly design, construction, operations and maintenance solutions. Specifically, the building incorporates “green” building materials, energy-efficient layouts, landscaping contributing to a natural environment, and reclaimed water to conserve drinking water.
  • Maximization of space and resources to bring together a nationwide workforce, such as a high tech teaching center and a Video TeleConference Studio intended to increase teamwork and information sharing, while reducing travel and meeting expenses.
  • Flexible design features, including an automatic, digitally controlled retractable wall system that expands the 120 seat auditorium to accommodate more than 500 people when needed.

The building project architect was Charlotte, N.C.-based Little, the contractor was Brasfield & Gorrie, the Development Manager was Crescent Resources and the Project Consultant was Parsons. With these partners, work is also underway on the second phase of this project, a technology building that broke ground on November 7, 2011 and is scheduled for completion in 2013.

The headquarters is comprised of the corporate office for Adventist Health System, a faith-based health care system that supports 43 campuses, 16 long term care centers and 21 home health agencies. AHS employs 55,000 people, includes more than 7,700 licensed beds and provides care for more than 4 million patients each year. Founded in 1973, Adventist Health System has grown to become the largest not-for-profit Protestant health care provider in the nation, with its flagship, Florida Hospital, providing almost 2,200 beds on eight campuses.