Dallas: Southwest Transplant Alliance New Headquarters to Include Donors’ Memorial
Feature Photo (above): The Southwest Transplant Alliance offices at Blair Road. STA will have a new headquarters facility in operation by 2020. Image: Google Streets.
by Adolfo Pesquera
Dallas (Dallas County) — Southwest Transplant Alliance is nearing completion on construction documents for its new headquarters, and the new site will include a memorial garden to honor organ donors.
The STA, currently located at Blair Road and Manderville Lane, will be relocating several blocks north, beside the roundabout intersection of Manderville and Midtown Boulevard. This area known as Midtown Park has been experiencing quite a bit of new commercial construction in the past few years. A Home2 Suites by Hilton opened last year on a lot that will share a property boundary with STA.
The non-profit STA will be able to more efficiently handle organ recoveries once the new facility is completed.
Southwest Transplant Alliance’s Chief Executive Officer Patti Niles told VBX that at the present time, the practice is for surgery teams to go into hospitals to recover organs from the deceased.
The new facility is anticipated to reach completion by December 2019. After it opens, Niles said the remains of the donors will be received by ambulance and recovery operations will take place at STA headquarters. Family members will be able to accompany the body should they wish to do so, she added.
Landscape plan for the planned new headquarters of Southwest Transplant Alliance. Courtesy: City of Dallas.
Corgan, the architect, is at 80 percent completion on plans for a 62,000-square-foot, two-story building that will include operating rooms and administrative offices. There will also be a three-level garage capable of accommodating about 180 vehicles. The site area totals 3.26 acres.
STA submitted to the city a landscape plan that is more extensive than what is normally seen for an office building. Niles said this is because STA wants to install a donor memorial site that will honor those who have given the gift of life.
The landscape plan also takes into consideration a 100-year-old tree that will be a centerpiece of the memorial site. STA has retained the services of an arborist to help with its preservation.
Anne Harmon RLA is the landscape architect.
The main access to the facility for staff and ambulances will be from a private drive to the south and off Manderville, next to the parking garage. However, STA will also provide a northwest access for donor families on a right of way it will share with Home2 Suites. A small surface parking lot is to be located there where families can park and walk past the memorial.
The STA’s planned move will relocate operations several blocks north of its current location.
Niles said construction is expected to begin by the end of this month or in early November.
The project has an estimated cost of $35 million.
The STA is one of three organ procurement organizations serving the state of Texas. It serves counties in the northeast and far west from El Paso to Texarkana, and counties in the Corpus Christi region.
Adolfo Pesquera (Reporter/Editor) is a veteran news journalist. He has worked for Hearst Corp., American Lawyer Media, News Corp and Freedom Communications. His work has been published in newspapers and magazines across the USA. He is a journalism graduate of UT-RGV. He writes, edits and creates digital pages for VBX.