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New Calgary facility nears completion

Construction of our new Calgary operations facility proceeded well over the past year. After taking possession of the building in June 2019, we began the rigorous process of validating systems and equipment. Our goal is to secure all required approvals from Health Canada by the spring of 2020, then phase in logistics, production and testing through the summer and fall — at which point, production activities in Edmonton will shift to the new Calgary hub.

As the western centrepiece of our National Facilities Redevelopment Program, this advanced manufacturing facility will process about a quarter of the whole blood we collect across Canada, enabling Canadian Blood Services to achieve the highest standards for quality, service and productivity, as well as employee engagement and workplace safety. The facility is on track for gold-level LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) certification and its rooftop solar-panel array — Calgary’s largest to date — is expected to meet up to meet up to 25 per cent of electrical energy needs.