Moving trucks have come and gone from the former LifeWise building, office supplies are all unpacked, donor beds are set up, and the American Red Cross is now settled in to its new location at 815 SW Bond Street, across from The Shops at the Old Mill on Columbia Street. We at Ambient are proud to have been involved, along with Kirby Nagelhout Construction, in successfully transitioning vacant office space into a new home for this valuable nonprofit that serves our community and region.
The first-floor facility we designed adds much needed space for the Red Cross’ blood donor services; health, safety and disaster preparedness training; blood unit shipping; administration; and community outreach. The space totals more than 8,200 square feet with easy access and great visibility in the Old Mill District of Bend.
To keep construction costs affordable, our team focused on preserving much of the existing interior features, such as walls, light fixtures, glazing, doors, frames and hardware, as well as the reuse of existing carpet and ceiling tiles. We applied efficient space-planning strategies and an understanding of staff and visitor circulation and accessibility to create a compact yet functional layout and maximizes the distribution of natural light into each space.
The Pacific Northwest Blood Services Region encompasses almost all of Oregon, southwest Washington, and a great deal of eastern Washington. For every one person employed by the Red Cross, eight people in our local community volunteer. Without these volunteers, the Red Cross’ life-saving mission would be difficult to accomplish. More than 5,000 units of blood are collected weekly to meet the needs of patients in more than 80 hospitals. Central Oregon is responsible for about 600 of those units every week. Each unit of blood potentially impacts 1,800 lives each week! Whole blood only has a shelf life of 42 days; plasma can be frozen for up to a year; and platelets are only viable for about 5 days (two days of which is spent testing to ensure the safety of blood supply). No unit of blood is ever wasted, and it cannot be manufactured. The only way the Red Cross can acquire it through donors. Every donation helps!
The Bend Chamber is holding a ribbon-cutting ceremony for the American Red Cross on Thursday, May 31st, at 4:15 p.m. Please come celebrate with us!