Campus: Cal Poly Pomona -- November 25, 2002
Cal Poly Pomona, American Red Cross Negotiations Seek To
Bring Regional Blood Facility To University's Innovation Village
Negotiations currently in the final stages between Cal Poly Pomona and the
American Red Cross are proposing construction of the nation's largest blood
processing center as the anchor tenant for the university's Innovation Village
While final terms for the agreement are still being discussed, it is anticipated
that the California State University Board of Trustees will be provided an
agreement for its approval on the 15-acre facility in January 2003. According
to preliminary time schedules, groundbreaking for the project could take place
in May 2003 with occupancy projected for December 2004.
Once completed, the complex will give the Southern California Region of the Red
Cross a strategically located, state-of-the-art facility. It will provide prime
educational and research opportunities for Cal Poly Pomona's students and faculty.
And it will create new jobs and economic prospects within neighboring business
For Cal Poly Pomona, along with delivering an internationally recognized
organization as the initial tenant to Innovation Village, a partnership with the
Red Cross offers tremendous dividends. In addition to exploring joint research,
education and training programs that will benefit both sides, there is potential
for the university to create additional curriculum and degree programs.
"We have aimed at attracting quality tenants to Innovation Village, groups
that were interested in us for the benefit of students and the university,"
says Ed Barnes, associate vice president of executive affairs at Cal Poly Pomona.
"We couldn't have asked for anything better. We're told this will be the
most technologically advanced blood processing center in the world. This is an
incredible opportunity for our campus and the entire region."
For the American Red Cross, the proposed project will provide a new regional
blood headquarters, including a facility with the capacity to process
approximately 800,000 red blood cell units annually — about 12 percent of the
total units collected and processes by the American Red Cross. The initial phase
could include constructing a facility covering up to 230,000 square feet, with an
option for an additional 60,000 square foot research building. Current negotiations
call for a 55-year lease term with two 20-year options requested.
"The Cal Poly Pomona Innovation Village site offers the American Red Cross
an accessible location, an employee-friendly quality environment, a flexible
corporate campus location, and proximity to area hospitals. By working with Cal
Poly Pomona, we will establish a mutually beneficial partnership that will enhance
both the university and the American Red Cross," says American Red Cross California
Blood Region Chief Executive Officer Jay Olmstead.
Innovation Village is a 65-acre mixed-use technology park located on the Cal Poly
Pomona campus. Approved by the CSU Board of Trustees in 1999, it is intended to be
a master planned community of technology-based enterprises created through
public/private and public/public partnerships. Designed to accommodate up to 960,000
square feet of building space, Innovation Village will provide a setting for
interface between the university's human and technological resources and those of
the private sector.
Situated on the southeastern corner of the university campus, Innovation Village
is strategically situated. Located in Los Angeles County, it is positioned within
reach of four other Southern California counties (San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside
and San Diego). Three major freeways run within a mile of Innovation Village, leaving
it less than an hour's drive from several regional airports including Ontario
International and Los Angeles International.
Contact: Charles Bentley, Cal Poly Pomona, (909) 869-6898
Contact: Marc Jackson, American Red Cross, (213) 739-5543