Ford Motor Company confirmed recently that it will soon begin – within weeks, according to Detroit News – to totally reconstruct its Dearborn, Michigan headquarters. The plan is actually rather similar to other major construction projects underway by other U.S. companies, including Apple, that are looking to spruce up their HQ with eco-friendly buildings and college campus-style atmospheres. In fact, the designer also helped build spaces for Tesla, Google and Microsoft.
The reconstruction will occur over the next decade, Detroit News said, and will combine 30,000 employees from two separate Ford campuses into one massive central location comprised of several buildings including a new sustainable zero-energy showcase, a 700,000 square-foot design center and a new Ford World Headquarter’s building. There will even be tennis courts and basketball hoops for employees to use during free time, again a nod to the seemingly more relaxed atmosphere’s found in Silicon Valley firms.
“The overarching theme is to make the lives of employees better,” Ford Motor Land Development chairman and CEO Donna Inch told Detroit News. “Bringing people together within 10-minute walking diameters of each other … the productivity gains are pretty significant.”
Construction is currently scheduled to finish by 2021.