Sebastian Ferrero remembered at UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital

The Ferreros founded the nonprofit Sebastian Ferrero Foundation to raise money and awareness for a children’s hospital right here in Gainesville.

On Sept. 3, a morning ceremony marked the completion of the $11 million construction of the UF Health Shands Children’s Hospital, which includes a new brightly colored façade, a separate entrance from the rest of the hospital and a new lobby in the Sebastian Ferrero Atrium.

The red brick façade is covered with an assortment of blue, purple, red and yellow panels. The lower floors are covered with aqua-colored glass windows, which mark the exterior of the new pavilion. Inside, the floor is covered with vivid patterns of blue, purple and pink that lead from the entrance to the children’s hospital. The walls are covered with an interactive video screen. Renowned artist Romero Britto’s sculpture “Tomorrow” greets guests in the atrium. The sculpture features a boy in a red, orange and yellow striped shirt with green polka-dot pants reaching upward for a colorful butterfly. The new entrance was a priority for the hospital because the staff believed children and families should never again have to go through the same door as adult patients. We're so thrilled to have this wonderful addition to our community, and are so thankful for the difference this facility will surely make to the lives of many right here in our home town. 


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Nick created Front Street Commercial Real Estate Group in 2002 and spent the first eight years developing and acquiring office and retail projects in South Florida as well as North Central Florida. In 2010 the focus of the firm was shifted to primarily serve third party clients and perform brokerage, property management and mortgage banking functions. Nick has personally developed and acquired nearly 200,000 square feet of office and retail properties in markets throughout Florida. Prior to founding Front Street, Nick was the Director of Finance and Dispositions for Stiles Corporation in Fort Lauderdale where he financed and sold over $500 million in commercial real estate. Before joining Stiles, Nick was an Associate Director at GE Capital Real Estate where he sourced over $200 million in financing throughout Florida. Nick is a graduate of the University of Florida with a degree in Finance and a concentration in Real Estate. He serves as a board member and current vice-chair for the United Way of North Central Florida where he also chairs the Development Committee. Nick is actively involved with the Gainesville Area Chamber of Commerce where he serves as a board member and committee member for the Council for Economic Outreach. He is also a recent graduate of Leadership Gainesville which is a year long leadership program hosted by the Chamber. He is a member of Grace United Methodist Church where he has served as finance chair and as a member of the leadership council. Nick serves as an advisory board member of the University of Florida Bergstrom Center for Real Estate Studies. Nick was recently named chair of the Gainesville committee for the North Florida chapter of Urban Land Institute (ULI). He is a licensed real estate broker in the State of Florida and is a long time member of the International Council of Shopping Centers.

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