Palm Beach Atlantic University, Orlando, FL

If you’re providing adult education to students from seven counties, convenience is critical. Which has a lot to do with why Palm Beach Atlantic University jumped on space within Duke Realty’s Millenia Lakes I building in 2003.

“We had been operating out of the First Baptist Church of Orlando down the road,” said Craig Domeck, Dean and Assistant Professor of Leadership at the private Christian university. “We knew that this was a great crossroads—we’re right on I-4; a quarter-million people drive by every day—so we were one of the initial tenants.”

Since moving into Millenia Lakes I in 2003, the university has expanded its initial 6,000 square feet twice. The campus now serves about 250 students in more than 14,000 square feet in eight classrooms, supplemented by conference rooms and faculty and administrative offices.

“This is a very nice facility that has worked well for us,” Domeck said. “We’re very eager to remain here. The location is great, and we really enjoy the leadership here. They’re proactive—they get in touch with us. Every month or two, I get a note from the building manager, who’s just checking to see whether everything’s in good shape. And the good news is I can almost always say, ‘Everything’s fine.’” 

When everything isn’t fine, Domeck has been pleased with Duke Realty’s responsiveness.

“Our experience here has been seamless and, of course, that’s what you want,” he said. “You don’t want to be interacting all the time because there are problems. But it’s good to know that they get in quickly and take care of an issue as soon as it comes up.”