Since 1973, The South Texas Blood & Tissue Center has partnered with the South Texas healthcare system as a facility where anyone age sixteen or older can donate blood to save the lives of others. In 1994, the Center moved its headquarters to a facility designed by Overland Partners that includes a donor pavilion and state-of-the-art laboratory facilities.
Where do drivers get most of their drive-by information? From billboards, of course. Since the Center already had a distinctive and memorable logo of two interlocking hearts (symbolic of one person transferring blood to another), Overland Partners decided to treat the façade like a giant billboard that would emphasize this logo. Constructed from Texas limestone, the 40 x 300 foot façade fronts the highway directly, with the logo inset into a square opening at one end.
This building is a celebration of selfless generosity in giving blood for others’ needs. It is a crown of thanks for our donors’ gift of life.
- AIA San Antonio Design Award 1998
- Construction Services Institute Regional Design Honor Award, Exceptional Craftsmanship 1997
- Construction Services Institute San Antonio Design Honor Award, Exceptional Craftsmanship 1997
- San Antonio Water System Conservation Award 1997
- State of Texas Prototype for Sustainable Design and Water Conservation 1997
- TSA Design Honor Award 1996
- Associated Builders and Contractors Awards First Place, Excellence in Construction 1995
- Texas Architect, “Front and Back,” September 1996
- San Antonio Express News, “A Collection with Heart,” July 1996
- San Antonio Medical Gazette, “Grow with the Flow,” February 1995
- San Antonio Express News, “New Blood Bank Headquarters to Collect Roof’s Rainwater,” July 1993