New State-Of-The-Art Building For Gulf Coast
Regional Blood Center Breaks Ground
Will serve as epicenter for mobile blood drives in Brazos Valley
Information + Images courtesy of Arch-Con Corporation
Arch-Con® Corporation is breaking ground on a new blood donor facility in College Station, Texas for Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, one of the largest blood donation organizations in the United States. The 3.53-acre site located on the northwest corner of Krenek Tap Road and Highway 6 will serve as a hub for launching mobile blood drives in the Brazos Valley and the newest Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center donation location for community members to donate life-saving blood.
“Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s new location, a short distance away from our current donation center in Bryan-College Station, will allow us to continue to serve the community and be a central location for our operations and mobile services,” Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s Chief Financial Officer Eric Eaton, who oversees the organization’s building and fleet management, said. “We are happy to have found and purchased this land within the community that continues to support our mission and Commit for Life.”
Headquartered in Houston, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s mission is to work with communities to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe supply of blood, biotherapies and related services. The organization provides blood and blood components to more than 170 hospitals and healthcare facilities in 26 Texas counties and has helped save millions of lives in the Texas Gulf Coast region. The organization needs about 1,000 blood donations every day to serve these hospitals as each week, thousands of area patients need blood to survive. Blood is vital during surgeries, organ transplants, cancer treatment and trauma patients.
The new state-of-the-art, one-story, 10,800-square-foot, pre-engineered metal building designed by Powers Brown Architects features a light-filled reception area, four screening rooms, and a large area dedicated to blood donation with eight donation stations. The building’s efficient design includes warehouse and mobile preparation space to support the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s outreach services. The facility also includes administrative offices, training areas and storage for donation equipment and materials. This location will replace the donor center known locally as The Blood Center of Brazos Valley, located at 1701 Rock Prairie Road that the nonprofit leased in College Station for more than a decade. Thanks to an increase in parking with 53 spaces, the new location will also resourcefully serve as home base for their donation coaches and eight hospital service vans that mobilize in the Bryan-College Station area.
Vice President Taylor Wright with Colliers, a global leader in real estate services and investment management, helped identify and purchase the land purchase for the organization. “We first looked at pre-existing structures but nothing satisfied Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s high commitment to the community,” Wright said. “Ultimately, Colliers was able to identify and successfully negotiate the acquisition of a large tract of land on Highway 6 which aligned perfectly with Gulf Coast’s stated goals.”
Colliers Senior Project Manager Neil Potter was engaged in parallel with the acquisition of the land to spearhead development of the new building by providing design, construction, and advisory services for the organization. General contractor Arch-Con® Corporation worked with the team during the design and development process to keep the project in budget. Infrastructure Associates is the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer, and Pinnacle Structural Engineers and Kimley Horn are the civil engineers. The building is projected to open the beginning of 2023.
Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is the sole provider of blood and blood components 24/7 to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in a 26-county Texas Gulf Coast region. Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center is a nonprofit organization and is accredited by the Food and Drug Administration. For more information or to help save lives, visit giveblood.org.
Colliers (NASDAQ, TSX: CIGI) is a leading diversified professional services and investment management company. With operations in 62 countries, our 17,000 enterprising professionals work collaboratively to provide expert real estate and investment advice to clients. For more than 27 years, our experienced leadership with significant inside ownership has delivered compound annual investment returns of 20% for shareholders. With annual revenues of $4.1 billion and more than $50 billion of assets under management, Colliers maximizes the potential of property and real assets to accelerate the success of our clients, our investors and our people. Learn more at corporate.colliers.com, Twitter @Colliers or LinkedIn. Colliers Paragon, LLC.
Powers Brown Architecture, a professional services firm with offices in Houston, Washington, D.C., Denver, Toronto, Atlanta, Philadelphia, and St. Johnâ€™s, Newfoundland, maintains a diverse architecture design, space planning, and urban design practice that spans from regional to international projects. Founded in 1999, it has built a reputation for specialized design and technical superiority, producing award-winning work and gaining recognition from local, regional, and national organizations. The firm has designed more than 250 million square feet since its inception and has won more than 100 design awards as well as having 45 buildings with LEED certification. In addition, Powers Brown Architectureâ€™s work, architects, and design staff have been featured in Architect and Texas Architect, as well as other design and business journals around the U.S. and Canada. For further information, go to www.powersbrown.com.
Arch-Con® Corporation is a commercial general contractor founded in 2000 with experts in office, industrial, retail, hospitality, corporate interiors, healthcare, multifamily and community construction. Arch-Conâ€™s award-winning team simplifies the process for their clients using the latest, cost-efficient technologies to stay on the cutting edge of the industry. Arch-Con is a licensed general contractor in Arizona, California, Colorado, Florida, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas with offices in Houston, Dallas, Austin and Denver. Learn more about Arch-Con at www.arch-con.com.