Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center begins construction of new building in College Station – WTAW

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Architect’s rendering of the new Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center building in College Station courtesy of Arch-Con Corporation.

Groundbreaking took place on what will be the new Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center facility serving the Bryan/College Station area.

The new center is north of Central Park from College Station to Krenek Tap and the frontage road of the southbound freeway.

General contractor, Arch-Con Corporation, says the building is expected to open early next year.

The one-story, nearly 11,000 square foot building will include eight donation stations and four screening rooms.

The more than three and a half acre site will accommodate more parking spaces for clients and the agency’s fleet of eight hospital service vans.

This will replace the leased space the center has occupied for over a decade on Rock Prairie Road.

Arch-Con Corporation press release:

Arch-Con® Corporation opens a new blood donation facility in College Station, Texas for the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, one of the largest blood donation organizations in the United States.

The 3.53-acre site at the northwest corner of Krenek Tap Road and Highway 6 will serve as the hub for the launch of mobile blood drives in the Brazos Valley and the newest donation center in Gulf Coast regional blood allowing community members to donate vital blood.

“The new location of Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, a short distance from our current donation center at Bryan-College Station, will allow us to continue to serve the community and be a central location for our mobile operations and services” , Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center 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 which continues to support our mission and Commit for Life.”

Based in Houston, Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center’s mission is to work with communities to help save and sustain lives by providing a safe blood supply, biotherapies, and related services. The organization supplies blood and blood components to more than 170 hospitals and health care facilities in 26 Texas counties and has helped save millions of lives in the Gulf Coast region of Texas. the
The organization needs about 1,000 blood donations every day to serve these hospitals, because every week thousands of patients in the region 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 bright reception area, four screening rooms and a large blood donation area. with eight donation stations. The building’s efficient design includes a warehouse and mobile prep space to support Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center outreach services.

The facility also includes administrative offices, training areas, and a warehouse for donated 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, which the nonprofit has leased from College Station for more than a decade. With an increase in parking with 53 spaces, the new location will also serve as a base for their donation and eight hospital service vans that are mobilizing in the Bryan-College Station area.

Vice President Taylor Wright of Colliers, a global leader in real estate services and investment management, helped identify and purchase the land 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 that was a perfect fit with Gulf Coast’s stated goals.”

Colliers’ senior project manager, Neil Potter, was engaged alongside the acquisition of the land to lead the development of the new building providing design, build and consultancy services to
the organization. General contractor Arch-Con® Corporation worked with the team during the design and development process to stay within the project budget. Infrastructure Associates is the mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer, and Pinnacle Structural Engineers and Kimley Horn are the civil engineers.

The building is expected to open in early 2023.

Photo courtesy of Arch-Con Corporation of the dedication of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center building in College Station.  Pictured (LR): Marc Lewis - Mike Bell Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center - Neil Potter Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center - Eric Eaton Colliers - Theresa Pina Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center - Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Brian G. Gannon - Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center Karl P. Mooney Center - Mayor of College Station Taylor Wright - Colliers Michael Dovalina - Arch-Con Corporation
Photo courtesy of Arch-Con Corporation of the dedication of the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center building in College Station. Pictured (L-R):
Marc Lewis – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Mike Bell – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Neil Potter – Necklaces
Eric Eaton – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Theresa Pina – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Brian G. Gannon – Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center
Karl P. Mooney – Mayor of College Station
Taylor Wright – Necklaces
Michael Dovalina – Arch-Con Corporation
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