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Here’s How Ford’s Gigantic Work Campus Will Look Like

Jul 12th, 2016
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By showcasing its new gigantic project, Ford Motor has taken on a tough task. The development, situated in Dearborn, encompasses the reconfiguration of several 20th century buildings, merging an area of 800 000 m2 into two modern office campuses for its 30 000 employees.

By remodelling the 70 buildings, a new headquarter and a new product development campus will be opened, which can easily be worthy competitors of Silicon Valley’s tech giants like Google and Tesla, as far as openness and supporting collaboration activities are concerned. Ford’s experts have studied the campuses of Stanford and Michigan University in person, as well as the headquarters’ of several tech companies.

According to analysts, based on the current costs of construction, total expenses can reach as much as 1.2 billion dollars. Besides the renovations, the campuses would be connected by roads, the area would be covered by roofed pathways and green areas, and if it’s needed, transportation between the separate buildings could be solved by electronic cars. Plans say that energy consumption could be reduced by 50% compared to current levels.

Ford’s reimagined centre will, however, not entirely erase its 20th century style (when office buildings made of glass and steel dominated the cityscapes), as the new campus will be built around the iconic Ford World Headquarters, which is colloquially just called Glass House. The legendary building was completed in 1956 next to Ford’s old factory building and the Ford Museum.

The new project will be started in a positive period, when the company group plans to spend billions of dollars on its factories in the USA and Mexico. Renovations are long overdue, as the old buildings have stayed untouched for almost six decades.

The open and collaborative work environment will help employees live a better life and to make the decision-making mechanism faster, thus making us able to achieve better results, commented Mark Fields, CEO. The project is also a well-thought plan to figure out how Ford’s facilities can decrease their ecological footprint.

Larry Emmons, JLL Real Estate’s Michigan director added that it’s a very foreseeing project, and it also demonstrates Ford’s ability to adapt to the ever-changing car industry. The reconfiguration of research and development and engineering activities supports new technologies, which will help to keep up with the swift changes in the sector – which are especially revolutionary on the market of electronic cars. The developments planned in Dearborn are expected to have a positive influence in neighbouring locations as well, for example they benefit other companies and suppliers.

The campus that specialises in product development is expected to be completed in 2023, while the second corporate campus, planned around the main Ford headquarters is set to begin to be developed on in 2021, with an inauguration date of 2026. The first step now is the development of Ford Research and Engineering Center, where currently 12 000 are employed, which number is set to be doubled after the completion.


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