The former home of the Gates Foundation in Eastlake took a step toward its new role as home for the Puget Sound Blood Center with a groundbreaking ceremony on Wednesday, July 6.
According to a press release from the blood center, a crowd of 100 turned out for Wednesday’s event that marks the beginning of a remodeling project to convert the former Gates Foundation offices at 1551 Eastlake E. into lab space for the center’s researchers. A total of 45,000 square feet will be remodeled.
Target date for the opening is December. The project is being funded with a $1 million anonymous donation. The facility will enable the blood center to double its research staff and also provide better opportunities for it to collaborate with other institutions, such as the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center, University of Washington, Seattle Children’s and Seattle Cancer Care Alliance.
Among those speaking at the event were Dr. James P. AuBuchon, the Blood Center’s President and CEO; Dr. José López; John Cox, senior vice president Alexandria Real Estate Equities, Inc.; and Kevin Smith, BNBuilders.