KPMG leaders and local dignitaries honored the construction crew and designers responsible for building KPMG’s learning, development and innovation center at Lake Nona in Orlando, Fla. The facility is scheduled to open in early 2020.
At the ceremony, a construction industry tradition in which the final beam is placed on a structure, Laura Newinski, KPMG’s Vice Chair of Operations, and David Turner, Chief Financial Officer, thanked the crew for their dedication to the $450 million project, the U.S. firm’s largest-ever capital investment.
“At KPMG, we are passionate about developing and advancing the extraordinary professionals who are the heart of our firm,” said Newinski. “When our center opens its doors, thousands of KPMG professionals will visit every year to grow professionally, to connect with colleagues, celebrate our rich culture and be inspired to deliver their best—building on a legacy for generations to come.”
All guests, including the construction crew, local officials and business leaders, and KPMG representatives were invited to sign the 50-foot stainless steel beam, which will be placed high atop the superstructure during the ceremony. An American flag and a tree – a Southern Magnolia – are also included in the traditional celebration, along with a KPMG Legacy Flag.
“We hang this flag as a tribute to our KPMG colleagues who have come before us and who have provided a foundation for our firm that we seek to build upon today,” said Turner.
The learning, development and innovation center will feature 800 single-occupancy guest rooms, multiple learning and innovation spaces, a 1,000-seat assembly hall, a separate social venue and numerous recreational amenities.
DPR Construction was selected as general contractor, and Gensler is providing design and architecture.
“Building on our culture of continuous learning and our nationally recognized learning and development program, the new facility will integrate leading-edge design and technology to help prepare our professionals to deliver new business models and breakthrough solutions for our clients,” said Turner. “This project represents a significant investment in our exceptional professionals and the future of our firm.”
Orlando Mayor Buddy Dyer and Orange County Mayor Teresa Jacobs joined the event, demonstrating their support for the project and KPMG’s decision to build its new learning center in Orlando.
As part of its commitment to literacy and lifelong learning, KPMG’s Family for Literacy (KFFL) will donate a book for every signature on the beam to a nearby Orange County school in need, and the tree will be planted on site to commemorate the milestone once construction is complete.