Development of Be The Match® Coordinating Center to Begin in Minneapolis’ North Loop
MEDIA ADVISORY / PHOTO OPPORTUNITY
For Tuesday, July 8, 2014 (10 a.m. – 11 a.m.)
WHAT: One of Minnesota’s largest nonprofits, Be The Match®, will break ground on a new and expanded headquarters in Minneapolis’ North Loop Neighborhood. The ceremony will take place at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, July 8.
Be The Match is the world’s leading nonprofit organization focused on delivering cures through bone marrow and umbilical cord blood transplantation. Over the past 25 years, the demand for transplant services has grown dramatically—the number of patients with diseases for which a bone marrow transplant can be a cure has increased, along with the types of diseases that the procedure is used treat.
The new Coordinating Center will help Be The Match meet this growing need while better serving patients, donors and health care professionals around the world.
Be The Match staff will be brought together in a single, seven-story building with approximately 240,000-square-feet. The project is the largest build-to-suit office to be undertaken in the North Loop, with Target Field, Target Field Station and Ford Center serving as major catalysts for the expansion of the area. The project team includes developer United Properties, building architect RSP Architects, interior architect Perkins + Will and general contractor RJM Construction.
WHEN: Tuesday, July 8, 2014, 10 a.m. – 11 a.m.
Groundbreaking ceremony at approximately 10:30 a.m. Light refreshments to follow.
WHERE: 500 N. Fifth St., Minneapolis
The site is located at the southeast corner of 5th Avenue North and 5th Street North. Parking is available on street or at the Target Field Station public parking ramp (across 5th street from the site).
PHOTO / INTERVIEW OPPORTUNITIES:
- Dr. Jeffrey Chell, Chief Executive Officer, Be The Match
- Christine Fleming, President, Be The Match Foundation
- Bill Katter, Executive Vice President, United Properties
- Dave St. Peter, President, Minnesota Twins
- Council Member Jacob Frey, Ward 3
ABOUT BE THE MATCH:
For people with life-threatening blood cancers – like leukemia and lymphoma – or other diseases, a cure exists. Be The Match connects patients with their donor match for a life-saving marrow or umbilical cord blood transplant. People can be someone’s cure as a member of the Be The Match Registry, financial contributor or volunteer. Be The Match provides patients and their families one-on-one support, education, and guidance before, during and after transplant. Be The Match is operated by the National Marrow Donor Program® (NMDP), a nonprofit organization that matches patients with donors, educates health care professionals and conducts research so more lives can be saved. To learn more about the cure, visit BeTheMatch.org or call 1 (800) MARROW-2.
ABOUT UNITED PROPERTIES:
United Properties, based in Minneapolis, specializes in commercial real estate development and investment. Since 1975, United Properties has provided development services for the retail, residential, office, medical and industrial sectors. In addition to a large presence in the Minneapolis-St. Paul market, United Properties’ Colorado division develops retail, office and industrial buildings. Formed in 1916, the United Properties investments group acquires, manages, finances and disposes of the company’s real estate investments, which includes nearly 60 office, medical, industrial and retail assets in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Colorado. For more information, visit www.uproperties.com or follow on Twitter at @UPDeepRoots.
952-837-8516 direct / 612-419-7389 cell
on behalf of Be The Match
612-455-1719 direct / 651-983-4312 cell