Legally, The Blood & Tissue Center Foundation began on Aug. 19, 2002 when a charter was filed with the state of Texas.
But the origins date to Valentine’s Day, 1993, when a small group of local dignitaries and officials of the South Texas Blood & Tissue Center broke ground on a new facility for the center on Interstate 10. The date was noteworthy because the double hearts had been the organization’s logo for more than 20 years, including its time in the 1920s-era YWCA building in downtown San Antonio.
The new facility opened in 1994 with 80,000 square feet of space that included a state-of-the-art laboratory, donor collection rooms, offices and meeting spaces. It was financed in large part by a tax-exempt bond financed by USAA.