Ford has announced plans to transform its Dearborn headquarters in Michigan.
The goal is to make the American automaker’s Dearborn facilities into a modern, green and high-tech campus, helping foster innovation to drive Ford’s transition to an auto and mobility company. The transformation is expected to take 10 years to complete and will colocate 30,000 employees from 70 buildings today into two primary work locations: a product campus and a world headquarters campus. In total, over 7.5-million square feet of work space will be rebuilt and upgraded.
The project will eventually result in a walkable community complete with paths, trails and covered walks, while the product campus will include a new design center, autonomous vehicles, on-demand shuttles, eBikes, new onsite employee services, wireless connectivity with speeds up to 10 times faster than today and more green spaces.
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The second campus location will be built around the current Ford World Headquarters building and will feature a new Ford Credit facility, providing onsite employee services, improved connectivity and enhanced accessibility.
The move reinforces that Ford doesn’t intend to remain as just an automaker, but will take advantage of emerging opportunities through Ford Smart Mobility with the company planning to become a leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience and data and analytics.
Construction of the new project will commence this month at the Ford Research and Engineering Center and the majority of the work is expected to be complete by 2023. According to Ford, major work on the second campus around Ford World Headquarters will start in 2021 and is expected to be completed by 2026.
“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.”
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