|Following a meeting of the 2003-04 Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region, ARC and university officials gather around the construction site of the new blood processing center at Cal Poly Pomona.|
|An artist's rendition of the American Red Cross blood processing facility currently under construction at Cal Poly Pomona.|
Members of the Cal Poly Pomona community and leaders from the American Red Cross (ARC) came together on Jan. 20 at Kellogg House Pomona to discuss plans for Southern California?s new $41 million blood processing center and headquarters currently under construction at Cal Poly Pomona?s Innovation Village.
Following lunch and a meeting of the 2003-04 Board of Directors for the American Red Cross Blood Services, Southern California Region, the group took a brief campus tour and visit to the construction site. Those in attendance representing the ARC, Southern California Region, were: Donald B. Dudley, interim chief executive officer; Jeff Meyer, director of project management; Dana Hunn, executive associate; Fernando Del Rio, chairman of the board; Jacque Tagliere, vice chairman of the board; approximately 15 other board members, including Ed Barnes, the university?s associate vice president for Executive Affairs; and Paul Storey, executive director of the Cal Poly Pomona Foundation.
The Red Cross is constructing the 190,000-square-foot blood center to serve Southern California?s growing and diverse population. Once completed, it will give the Southern California Region of the Red Cross a strategically located, state-of-the-art facility on a 15-acre parcel. The new ARC facility, slated to open in December, will be one of the largest blood processing plants in the world.
The facility will also serve as the anchor tenant for the university?s Innovation Village, a 65-acre mixed-use technology park designed to provide a setting for interface between the university?s human and technological resources and those of the private sector. It will provide prime educational and research opportunities for Cal Poly Pomona students and faculty as well as create new jobs and economic prospects within neighboring business communities.