DPR completed construction on a new 182,000-sq.-ft. blood processing and distribution facility with a two-story tilt-up exterior. Located on a 19-acre site, the facility includes state-of-the-art laboratories used for processing blood and platelets, as well as blood component storage and maintenance of a rare blood bank. Due to the facility’s use, construction must adhere to regulations determined by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
During the award process, DPR recommended several opportunities to improve the performance of the building specific to Atlanta’s hot and humid climate. An Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Energy Star white reflective roof was installed in lieu of the specified black ethylene propylene diene terpolymer (EPDM) roof. This change to a green roof resulted in a credit of $25,000 for the owner and is expected to generate $60,000 in energy savings over 10 years.
The facility houses approximately 450 employees and increases the Red Cross Biomedical Services, Southern Region’s ability to process and distribute blood components, expanding current capacity from 290,000 to 750,000 units of blood a year.