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The United States Tennis Association Breaks Ground on the USTA National Campus, the New Home of American Tennis in Lake Nona

The United States Tennis Association today celebrated its arrival in Orlando, Fla., with a ground-breaking ceremony for the USTA National Campus, the New Home of American Tennis, in Lake Nona. The model tennis facility, expected to be completed in late 2016, will house the USTA’s Community Tennis and Player Development divisions. When completed, the facility will feature more than 100 courts, including red and green clay courts, hard courts, and youth tennis courts. The site, which will be open to the public, also will house a collegiate tennis center capable of hosting a number of college events and will serve as the home for the University of Central Florida’s men’s and women’s varsity teams.

“This is an historic day as the USTA continues to reimagine its future, and redefines how we deliver on our mission of promoting and developing tennis in the United States,” said USTA Chairman of the Board and President, Katrina Adams. “By housing our two divisions devoted to growing the game at all levels, and training the next generation of players and coaches, we can have a greater impact on the sport than we ever had before.”

The groundbreaking was attended by Adams and other senior USTA officials, senior officials from Tavistock Group and Lake Nona, along with City of Orlando Mayor, Buddy Dyer, and Orlando County Mayor Teresa Jacobs as well as a number of state and regional partners working with the USTA to make tennis’ governing body’s vision a reality.

The facility is being built in Lake Nona, an integrated, 11-square mile community in Orlando, anchored by clusters of excellence in health, sports, education and technology.  With its parent company, the private investment organization Tavistock Group, the fast-growing community of Lake Nona has attracted business innovators and residents committed to building a total environment that enables meaningful and impactful lives.

The USTA facility will serve as a cornerstone for Lake Nona’s Sports Innovation & Performance District, an emerging athletic district with a focus on research, design, innovation and technology.

“Lake Nona is the ideal place for the USTA to grow and thrive,” said Rasesh Thakkar, Senior Managing Director of Tavistock Group. “We have a long history in sports, and together with the USTA, we will continue to attract innovators to Lake Nona to create opportunities that will advance sports science and athletic performance.”

The campus will be located on 63-acres of land and will include:

  • Tournament and League Area – This area will include 32 Har-Tru green clay courts and 20 Plexicushion hard courts. The space will include player pavilions and a tournament administration building, complete with trainer rooms, officials area, a stringer area, player lounge, public restrooms, and a tournament check-in area. It will allow the USTA to deliver events like never before and will set a new functional standard for the sport.
  • Collegiate Tennis Area – This area will feature 12 Plexicushion hard courts and one future tournament show court, and will serve as the home of the University of Central Florida’s men’s and women’s varsity tennis programs. The courts will be equipped with high-mast lighting for televised events and have elevated seating for 1,200 people with room on the north and south end for additional seating. The area will allow two collegiate matches to be played simultaneously. Additionally, it will feature a two-story pavilion for concessions, public restrooms, team locker rooms, and areas for trainers and officials.
  • Team USA Area - This area will include 12 Plexicushion hard courts. The courts will be utilized by the 17 USTA Sections, along with local coaches and their players throughout the country to work collaboratively with USTA Player Development. The Team USA Area also will provide training facilities for tennis officials and coaches throughout the United States.
  • High Performance and Player Development Area – This area will include eight “DecoTurf” hard courts and eight European red clay courts. The space will include a lodge that can house 32 boys and girls. The strength and conditioning area will include a sand and workout area. In addition, the area will be utilized for Team USA Events.
  • Indoor Tennis Courts-  Six Rebound Ace indoor courts with a viewing area.
  • 36/60’ Family Tennis Area – These courts will include eight 36’ and eight 60’ PowerGame courts with a SportsBase that will enable youth and adults to develop their games.
  • USTA Office Building – The ground floor will include a tennis pro shop, fitness area, locker rooms, player lounge, and café/restaurant with USTA offices occupying the second floor.
  • Technology – The facility will be an epicenter for tennis innovation and education.  It will incorporate the latest technology to provide an unparalleled playing, training and educational experience for players, coaches, officials and spectators.


The Tavistock Development Company is serving as the project developer, with DPR Construction as the general contractor and HKS as the lead architect. California Products (hard court surfaces), Har-Tru (green clay court surface), and Connor SportCourt (Family Tennis Area 36/60 court surface) are providing the court surfaces for the facility.

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Turning Wheels for a Healthier Tomorrow: Dawn, a VillageWalk Resident

If anyone knows the importance of living an active lifestyle, it’s Dawn. A Lake Nona VillageWalk resident and part of the team at the Human Performance Institute, she makes healthy choices part of her everyday routine. At work, Dawn helps individuals to perform well in high-stress environments without sacrificing their health and happiness – think elite athletes, law enforcement, medical personnel and corporate executives. Managing a team of performance coaches and fitness specialists is her 9-to-5 job, but after hours, she also finds plenty of ways to keep herself in shape.

“There are two main reasons that my husband Barry and I chose to live in Lake Nona,” she explained. “The first is the focus on an active lifestyle. We’re avid cyclists and wanted to live in a community that made it easy for us to ride more than 50 miles right from our doorstep. With ready access to bike paths and bike lanes, Lake Nona fits that need perfectly.”

Lake Nona is home to a variety of paved and unpaved trails, and promotes cycling as a more active and eco-friendly way to get to work, whether you’re a 20-year pedal-pusher like Dawn or someone simply looking to get in better shape. The scenic routes around Lake Nona Medical City include bike lanes to make this as easy as possible. Within VillageWalk, plenty of paths and bridges make getting around the neighborhood a breeze, with beautiful canals and natural scenery to boot.

Dawn’s second reason for living in Lake Nona: the short commute. After wasting hours in the car getting to work, she’s now able to spend more time at home with her family. “My three-mile commute is wonderful,” she added. With more discretionary time on her hands, she’s able drastically increase her overall quality of life. “The focus on health and wellness, and the development of Lake Nona Medical City, supports the way we want to live.”

In addition to the more obvious positive health perks associated with biking in our community, Dawn also believes that cycling in Lake Nona has allowed her to live a well-rounded life, starting with making new friends and blazing trails. “We’ve met so many great people cycling that [the activity] now serves as the foundation for most of our vacations.” Dawn and Barry have followed the last 10 days of the Tour de France twice now, taking their bikes and riding parts of each stage. They’ve also taken to the streets of Italy. If anything, this pursuit has brought the pair closer together and introduced them to a family of new faces also in the pursuit of health and happiness.

Now that Dawn has mastered the trails, she’s looking to her neighborhood as a way to continually improve. “We’re really excited to reap the benefits of the community with Lake Nona Medical City and the research institutes here,” she said. “I’m also excited to be a part of the Lake Nona Life Project to learn more about the impact of lifestyle on social connections, health and wellbeing.”

No matter where you look, you’ll always see families taking an afternoon stroll, runners getting a few miles in before the sun meets the horizon line, and of course, cyclists making use of our bike lanes. For Dawn and her neighbors, Lake Nona is all about getting the most out of life: “Lake Nona supports the way that Barry and I want to live our best lives.”

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LEEDing the Way – Going Green in Lake Nona Medical City

We all know that bright minds make light work, especially in Lake Nona Medical City. Every day, our partners from UCF, UF, Sanford-Burnham and Nemours are discovering new ways to help us stay well. But what’s even more impressive is that, while they’re working hard to treat and potentially cure the world’s most troubling illnesses, they keep the environment in mind at the same time.

Most of the buildings within Lake Nona Medical City have received Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Certification status for their green practices and initiatives. LEED is the nation’s preeminent program for design, construction
and operation of high-performance green buildings, instituted by the US Green Building Council as a way to set and monitor eco-friendly standards. To continue our mission as a healthy, sustainable community, our buildings were thoughtfully created to actively seek ways to conserve energy and maximize valuable resources.

For starters, the UCF College of Medicine building at Lake Nona Medical City is the only LEED Silver Certified medical school in the state. Its 170,000-sq.-ft. medical education facilities are helping aspiring doctors reach their full potential in a sustainable way
– through a clinical skills and simulation center, a 5,300-sq.-ft. microscopy lab, and world-class anatomy lab along with the 198,000-sq.-ft., five story Burnett Biomedical Sciences space for cutting-edge research.

Nearby, the UF Research & Academic Center’s LEED-NC Platinum building incorporates 100,000 sq. ft. of contemporary learning environment with two floors of open lab and research space. Most importantly, this structure boasts modern building principles that integrate quality, sustainability and inspiring design into its function, including green roofing materials and daylight harvesting features, such as large windows, offering students a view of the wooded conservation network outside. Sun-shading and chilled-beam technology keeps hot air out and air conditioning costs down, while heat pump recovery systems and solar thermal/photovoltaic panels maintain insulation where needed.

Next door, the Sanford-Burnham Medical Research Institute, a 175,000-sq.-ft. LEED Gold facility, incorporates a high albedo roof made of a white, reflective membrane that deters heat.
This building’s glazed windows transmit more than 50 percent of exterior light and block 75 percent of solar heat, also bringing air conditioning costs down even during Florida’s hottest months.

Beyond Nemours Children’s Hospital’s colorful exterior, its 630,000-sq.-ft. core is one of only three children’s hospitals in the country to have achieved LEED Gold Certification. It’s outfitted with custom sunshades to reduce energy costs by 22 percent; recycling programs; rooftop gardens to mitigate heat intake; native landscaping to cultivate the natural environment; reclaimed water systems for irrigation; low-VOC carpeting, paint and plywood to keep air clean; rubber flooring and ceiling made from recycled content instead of concrete; reduced-water restrooms; electric vehicle car charging stations; and even green cleaning supplies to eliminate exposure to harsh chemicals.


The US Green Building Council’s LEED green building certification system is the foremost program for the design, construction and operation of green buildings. More than 100,000 projects are currently participating in the LEED rating systems, comprising more than 8 billion sq. ft. of construction space in all 50 states and 114 countries.

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