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KPMG Lakehouse

KPMG Lakehouse | Orlando, Florida

High-Performing Team Delivers on Quality, Schedule and Safety With Massive Professional Development Facility

A shared commitment to continuous learning and development, teamwork and quality set the tone for DPR’s construction of the largest single capital project that global professional services firm KPMG had ever undertaken: the 767,000-sq.-ft. KPMG Lakehouse corporate training facility.

Located on a 55-acre site within Orlando’s Lake Nona Sports & Performance District, the Lakehouse boasts 350,000-sq.-ft. of training and classroom space, 800 guest rooms and 15,000-sq.-ft. of amenity space, including fitness and outdoor recreation areas. The environmentally friendly, LEED Silver certified facility also features a heritage center which highlights KPMG’s rich history and culture as the fastest growing Big Four professional services firms in the U.S.

The Challenges

Delivering the largest capital project that KPMG had ever undertaken was no small challenge. The project’s sheer size, combined with a 24-month construction schedule, demanded a deep range of expertise to optimize value, schedule and delivery of this state-of-the-art facility.

Construction site in progress
The Solutions

By prefabricating the bathrooms, the exterior curtain wall system, and many mechanical, electrical and plumbing components, DPR decreased the number of on-site craft workers needed and effectively shifted fabrication to a controlled off-site environment.

The project team engaged SurePods early to prefabricate and deliver 800 fully finished bathrooms to the jobsite. The ability to control fabrication, just-in-time delivery to the jobsite and the installation schedule were major benefits. In addition to shaving weeks off the schedule, the factory-built bathrooms resulted in predictable results with pre-punch completed in the factory prior to setting and delivering.

The unitized curtainwall system was delivered to the project ready to rig set. All 2,600 units were picked directly from the truck and set in place, allowing the project to get “dried-in” within six months. Many of the building’s mechanical, electrical and plumbing components were also prefabricated.

Real-time, in-the-field innovations by DPR’s self-perform team was another key solution that benefitted project quality and improved onsite safety. In just one example, the in-house drywall team used their expertise to find alternate UL assembly to save needed space within the building shafts.

The design and construction team also delivered numerous energy-efficient solutions to the environmentally friendly, LEED Silver certified facility, which is estimated to use 28% less energy than similar facilities of its size thanks to the optimization of mechanical systems and integrated technologies. Powered by 100% renewable energy, the green features include natural daylighting illuminating 90% of interior spaces; and low-flow plumbing fixtures to reduce water consumption by 30% across the property.

By working as part of a cohesive, high-performing team and employing solutions from prefabrication and laser scanning to self-perform work, DPR successfully delivered KPMG’s largest project ever a full two months ahead of schedule in late 2019.

Prefabricated bathroom
Progress shot of construction site.
Exterior building construction in progress with use of a crane
Aerial shot of the project
The Results

The KPMG Lakehouse project received the Best Green Project award in Orlando Business Journal’s 2019 Structures Awards program.

building exterior shot

DPR’s broad experience and cutting-edge approach to corporate office, campus and hospitality projects dovetailed exceptionally well with the nature of our campus. Their strong working relationship with Gensler helped ensure that our design vision was executed with the highest quality and greatest attention to detail.

Bill Flemming

Head of Construction, KPMG

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