Ford Motor Company has detailed an expanded vision to transform its U.S. Research & Engineering Centre in Dearborn into a high-tech campus for thousands of its designers, engineers and product development workers.
The focal point will be a new central campus building which sits on the site of Ford’s 66-year-old Product Development Centre. Initial construction of the new building will be complete by the end of 2022. The company says that the new facility will help Ford speed product and technology innovation and attract world-class talent.
The central campus building will house more than 6,000 Ford employees – mainly designers and vehicle development teams. Ultimately, the master plan envisions a campus of interconnected buildings that could one day house more than 20,000 employees in a flexible, high-tech environment.
“From the Rouge to Highland Park in Detroit to Dagenham in the U.K., Ford has leveraged innovative workspaces and facilities to inspire our teams to invent the future,” said Ford President and CEO Jim Hackett. “Our vision for our Dearborn Research & Engineering campus – and our new Corktown campus and Ann Arbor robotics lab – will enable Ford to lead the next era of transportation and personal mobility and help us continue our founding mission of driving human progress through the freedom of movement.”
The plan envisions an intelligent campus built with flexibility so it can adapt to changes in the industry and work practices. With more freedom to decide where and how they want to work, employees can take advantage of adaptable furniture and flexible workspaces outfitted with the latest productivity tools and technology.
The campus will showcase new mobility solutions such as electrified bikes, scooters and shuttles, evolving over time as autonomous vehicles and other transportation emerges.