KPMG, one of the world's leading professional service firms, entrusted DPR on its 767,000-sq.-ft. 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, a large kitchen, and dining facility, and 15,000-sq.-ft. of amenity space including fitness and outdoor recreation areas. Additionally, the facility incorporates a heritage center to highlight and display KPMG’s rich history and culture.

From the early stages of the project, focus on building the internal and external teams was paramount to the success of KPMG Lakehouse. All DPR team members participated in a high performing team building session. From those sessions, DPR was able to create a project mission that focused on making KPMG Lakehouse the project where everyone would want to come to work, including the trade partners, craft workers, and design team. Communication is critical on projects of this size and scope, so taking the time and effort to establish and clarify the communication styles of the workgroup speeds the cohesion timeline.

DPR, Gensler, and KPMG held early Milestone Alignment Sessions to help bring KPMG’s vision of the final function of Lakehouse to reality. As this project was the largest single capital project KPMG had undertaken, it was crucial to optimize the functional space of the building to create a cohesive learning environment. DPR helped to prioritize the critical dates of turnover so that KPMG could phase into the building, allowing for early testing and curriculum creation.

KPMG Lakehouse was filled with opportunities to prefabricate and optimize production onsite, all while lowering the required craft workers on site, increasing quality, and maximizing safety. DPR engaged SurePods early to prefabricate and deliver 800 fully finished bathroom modules. These locally manufactured bathroom units delivered to the jobsite fully finished. The exterior curtain wall system was fully unitized and delivered to the project ready to rig set. All 2600 units were picked directly from the truck and set in place. This allowed the project to get “dried-in” within six months of curtain wall installation starting. 3-D Modeling allowed the team to pre-fabricate off site many of the electrical, plumbing, and mechanical components, saving time during the construction process. The main electric switch gear and switchboards were constructed on a skid-based approach. All gear was pre-wired, pre-tested, and ready to energize prior to arrival. Large gang bathroom underground piping and in-wall carriers were prefabricated and set in place as complete units.

The team wanted to control the critical path and the quality with our own forces. DPR self-performed almost 10% of the total construction volume on the project. With in-house expertise, our drywall team was able to find alternate UL assemblies to safe precious space within the building shafts, coordinate multiple Owner vendors need for future installation, and deliver the highest quality finish in areas that are show pieces for the visitors. DPR self-perform teams not only increased quality, but they had additional safety resources on the project helping to drive the total incident rate well below industry average for a project of this size.

The Lakehouse was completed two months ahead of schedule due to several factors including prefabrication, preconstruction planning, and self-perform work by DPR.

The Lakehouse welcomes up to 800 KPMG partners and professionals each week and will lead more than one million hours of in-person, professional development throughout the first year of operation. This state-of-the-art facility fosters new ways of thinking, learning, and collaborating, and will continue to ensure professionals are ahead of the curve on evolving technologies and disruptors.

BIM Features

KPMG Lake House was designed using BIM/VDC. The architect’s model was used for real-time pricing, and then the actual model was used for real-time cost feedback. Laser-scanning provided ultimate quality control. DPR laser scanned every concrete elevated deck prior to castings. Since the design was not complete at the time, DPR was able to use the laser-scan results and information to share with the design team the paths up the building for additional MEP requirements without the risk of damaging post-tensioning cables. Additionally, through StructionSite, DPR implemented real time 360 degree cameras to record progress and track productions to ensure the accuracy of the schedule and document locations of in-wall rough for the Owner after turnover.


  • ENR Southeast Best Projects (2020)
    Engineering News-Record
  • Best Green Project in Orlando Business Journal's 2019 Structure Awards
    Orlando Business Journal


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