Canadian Blood Services

Production, Distribution and Testing Facility


Canadian Blood Services


Calgary, AB

Design Team

Janet Rosenberg & Studio (Landscape Architect)
NORR (Architect)

LEED® Gold Certified

The second-largest blood processing and distribution center of its kind, the Canadian Blood Services Production, Distribution, and Testing Facility is designed to be a multi-purpose hub of life-saving services for patients and hospitals across western Canada. As part of CBS’ National Facilities Redevelopment Program (NFRP II), NORR designed a purpose-built facility to meet high-demand needs. The layout provides discreet spaces for research labs and production areas, to warehousing and logistics-powered distribution areas to streamline time-sensitive blood donations.

The landscape architecture for this flagship CBS campus was designed to complement the new building, integrate the project with the surrounding context, and convey the important mission of the CBS, which is to bring attention and awareness to the call for blood donations that aid in life-saving procedures every day. The landscape was designed to meet LEED Gold. Irrigation is provided through water captured on the roof of the building. The design includes a planted parking area, an entrance plaza with feature planting, and an outdoor employee amenity courtyard. The paving pattern of the courtyard is based on the molecular structure of plasma tying it subtly to the important work taking place in the facility. The contemporary landscape forms a cohesive pedestrian-friendly public realm for the site inclusive of streetscape and ROW. The site is aesthetically attractive, functional, and accessible.

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