After spending more than 30 years in the same building, the Blood Bank of Alaska will soon have a new home.
Employees of the nonprofit celebrated the groundbreaking of its new facility Thursday in Airport Heights. Blood bank leaders say it will help ease cramped conditions in the current building and allow staff to provide additional services like in-state blood testing.
The new facility will also house state-of-the art technology not yet found in Alaska, and the Blood Bank of Alaska says it’s thanks to a big effort from Alaskans.
“The community is building this to serve community needs across the state of Alaska, and it just shows how engaged the people of the state of Alaska are in taking care of their own,” said Robert Scanlon, the organization’s CEO.
The blood bank hopes to move into the new facility by 2015, and is still accepting donations to help reach that goal.