The Weitz Co., Denver, broke ground in early May on a new two-story building addition on the AlloSource campus.  The project, designed by Intergroup Architects, also includes renovation of more than half of the company’s existing facility.

The project partners break ground on AlloSource’s new building in Centennial.
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The project partners break ground on AlloSource�s new building in Centennial. Left to right: Dean Elliott, AlloSource director of legal affairs; Orville Hinerman, Rocky Mountain Region president, The Weitz Co.; Olivia Thompson, AlloSource vice president and CFO; Ned White, Intergroup Architects principal; Sue Dunn, Donor Alliance CEO and AlloSource board member; Cathy Noon, mayor of Centennial; Wally Nelson, AlloSource facilities director; Josh Matthews, AlloSource senior financial analyst; and Tom Cycyota, AlloSource president and CEO.

A nonprofit and one of the nation’s premier tissue networks, AlloSource has provided a range of tissue allografts, including bone, skin and joint grafts throughout the country, for more than 15 years. The company hired design-build partners The Weitz Co. and Intergroup to expand its new centralized campus. Over the last several years, AlloSource has outgrown its original Centennial headquarters and housed its operations in buildings around the business park.

“As a tissue bank, AlloSource operates 24/7, so through intensive pre-planning and site coordination, we have ensured there will be no disruptions to operations throughout the project,” said Orville Hinerman, senior vice president for The Weitz Co.

The new building will include laboratory space, testing and research facilities, clean rooms, freezer storage and supply chain support, as well as office space, conference rooms, break rooms, equipment rooms and general storage.  The renovation of the existing building will include freezer storage, receiving, material management, cleaning and sterilization space.  Undeveloped space will allow for further hiring and expansion. 

“From design, to financing, to construction, the preparation for our new campus has been a labor of love for everyone involved, since the expansion will further support AlloSource’s mission to honor the gift of tissue donation and create new possibilities for patients in need,” said Thomas Cycyota, AlloSource president and CEO.  “Additional space will allow us to maximize the impact of each donor. By consolidating our operations onto one campus and expanding our research lab and medical training facility, we will find new ways to better use donated tissue.”

“Upon learning more about what AlloSource does to honor the gift of donation and help patients in need with tissue transplants, it was easy to get passionate about the new building design,” said Ned White, principal, Intergroup Architects.

Construction on AlloSource’s new building is expected to be complete in spring 2012, while the renovation will be done in fall 2012.