Success Story

J&J Learn Builds Global Headquarters in Orlando

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J&J Learn located in the City of Orlando was permitted for construction in only 17 days.

The new global headquarters for the J&J Learn® opened its doors in Orlando’s Lake Nona community in March 2019 after announcing the expansion in 2018.

Key Takeaways

  • Johnson & Johnson is creating 30 new high wage jobs at the center
  • The new, build-to-suit facility was permitted in only 17 days and construction was complete in under one year
  • The state-of-the art training and research facility will serve as Johnson & Johnson’s global flagship for the Human Performance Institute
  • The LEED-certified facility doubles Human Performance Institute’s teaching capacity

Company Need

The company needed a location to welcome executives and high performers from companies around the world. The location needed to be physically beautiful, inspire human performance, be easy to get to and cost effective for construction.

Why Orlando

When Johnson & Johnson decided to expand its influence in North America by designating the global headquarters for its Human Performance Institute, Orlando’s Lake Nona community provided the perfect fit. The location is 12 minutes from Orlando International Airport, which is the busiest airport in Florida and No. 12 in the U.S.

Orlando offered the opportunity to build from the ground up, in a fast-growing region that adds over 1,500 new residents each week and has perfected the art of providing a personal touch to millions of visitors. Orlando is growing faster than any other metropolitan area in the country – and companies are quickly taking advantage of that growth. The availability of land, business-friendly tax environment, transportation access and willingness of communities and governments to partner with businesses creates a welcoming environment for companies.


Johnson & Johnson has been a part of the Orlando community for nearly 30 years, dating back to when Human Performance Institute Co-Founders Dr. Jim Loehr and Dr. Jack Groppel opened the doors to the first facility in the 1990s. Since then, thousands have experienced the science-based training solutions offered by behavioral, exercise and nutrition experts at Human Performance Institute to help them expand and maximize their energy for high performance and resilience at work and in life.

“Johnson & Johnson’s investment in enhancing its Human Performance Institute experience in Lake Nona is a direct reflection of our Company’s purpose to profoundly change the trajectory of health for humanity,” said Lowinn Kibbey, Global Head of Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute®.


The new facility was permitted in only 17 days by the City of Orlando, expediting the company’s time to begin construction – which was completed in just a little over a year. The new Human Performance Institute facility is a one-story, 34,480-square-foot office building with a gym, a tennis court and 90 parking spaces, including five spaces dedicated to green vehicles and two for electric vehicles.


Lake Nona is a vibrant community for medical care, research and education focused on human performance and well-being. The community is home to some of the nation’s leading hospitals, universities, research institutions, and health and life sciences companies. These pioneering institutions are forming networks and synergies to advance health care while serving as a job engine for the region.

“With this investment, we are accelerating our ability to impact human well-being globally,” said Kibbey. “In creating this world-class training environment, right in the heart of a vibrant community for medical care, research and education, the new facility will anchor our efforts to help individuals and organizations unleash their potential and their capacity for peak performance and well-being.”

Partnerships and Collaboration

The Orlando Economic Partnership assisted the company with incentives and expedited permitting at the City of Orlando and the State of Florida. Partners on the project include City of Orlando, Orlando Utilities Commission (OUC), CareerSource Central Florida, Enterprise Florida, and the State of Florida.

“I am especially proud of the expansion of the Human Performance Institute’s new facility in Orlando – the same city we have called home for more than 20 years.”

Jack Groppel, Co-Founder of the Johnson & Johnson Human Performance Institute®