The Iowa Donor Network recovery facility is moving to a new and bigger home.
On Friday crews broke ground at 320 Adventureland Drive.
Officials say they are outgrowing the current leased 9,000 square feet facility in Johnston. The new Altoona site will be twice that size at 18,000 square feet and will be owned by the organization.
About 60 employees will work out of the new building.
“We will have our entire communication staff headquartered here so we’ll have a new communications center,” CEO Suzanne Conrad explained.
“We facilitate about 65,000 calls a year related to organ and tissue donation in Iowa and we’ll also have two tissue recovery facilities here so the donors will actually be brought here and tissues will be recovered here.”
The plan is to have the environmentally friendly building complete in January of next year.
Today also marks the 20th anniversary of the Iowa Donor Network.