The Ford Motor Company just unveiled ambitious plans to transform its Dearborn headquarters in Michigan into a healthier, happier, and more eco-friendly campus. Designed by architecture firm SmithGroupJJR, the 10-year Dearborn Campus Transformation project will collate 30,000 employees from 70 buildings into two campuses offering a walkable community filled with green space that incorporates the seven concepts of the WELL Building Standard. A major crown jewel of the master plan will be the Sustainable Showcase, a zero-waste building capable of producing more energy than it consumes.
Over 7.5 million square of feet of workspace will be upgraded under Ford’s new centralized campus master plan as part of a greater goal to drive innovation and collaboration into all aspects of the company. “As we transition to an auto and a mobility company, we’re investing in our people and the tools they use to deliver our vision,” said Ford President and CEO Mark Fields. “Bringing our teams together in an open, collaborative environment will make our employees’ lives better, speed decision-making and deliver results for both our core and emerging businesses.”
Phase one of construction will kick off this month with the Research and Engineering campus, which is slated for completion in 2023 and will accommodate 24,000 employees in 4.5 million square feet of upgraded workspace. Highlights of the campus include a new Design Center, autonomous vehicles, and a plus-energy Sustainability Showcase building that aims to meet Living Building Challenge standards. Construction of phase two, which focuses on the World Headquarters campus, will begin in 2021.
All of the renovated facilities on both campuses are expected to achieve at minimum LEED Silver certification, and all new construction is planned to meet LEED Gold standards. Geothermal heating and cooling will power the buildings, which will be outfitted with high-performance insulation, glazing, and ventilation systems. A new stormwater management system will include porous pavement, increased green space, added tree canopy, and natural rain retention areas.
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