Audit, tax and advisory services firm KPMG held a ceremony Aug. 8 to celebrate the construction of its new training center in Lake Nona, set to open in early 2020. The $450 million facility will house a learning, development and innovation center that hosts 800 staffers a week in single-occupancy guest rooms.
Hundreds of construction workers who have been stationed at the 55-acre site gathered under a tent with local dignitaries and media for announcements from KPMG leaders and Mayors Buddy Dyer of Orlando and Teresa Jacobs of Orange County. The crowd signed a 50-foot stainless steel beam and then watched as a crane hoisted it to top off the building. For the traditional good luck symbols, the beam carried an American flag, a young magnolia tree and a KPMG legacy banner that travels to different locations for significant company events.
“Our vision is that this will be the glue that keeps everything going,” said CFO David Turner, who flew from New York to attend the ceremony. “Years after people leave this place, they will still talk about, ‘Remember the Lake Nona facility?’”