Ford Aims High With Future Michigan Research Campus

Ford is taking concrete steps forward at continuing its history of innovation and research in the automotive industry. Ford has announced that it plans on rebuilding the Research & Engineering Center near Dearborn into a new vision for future advancement. The new campus would feature housing for employees, high-tech mobility options, and a walk-able campus.


“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.”


This plan is the comes after two years of work with lead architect, landscape architect, and master planner Snøhetta.


What To Expect From The New Campus

This new set of structures is meant to blend more seamlessly with the surrounding area. More public spaces, integrated pathways, and an open sense of community seeks to tie local residents and employees together. The campus will even be home to coffee shops and restaurants where everyone can meet and enjoy a social atmosphere. 


The whole area is designed to be pedestrian-focused and connected in a way that allows for the most ease of access. A shared transportation loop, electrified bikes, scooters, and shuttles will make it so that employees and residents reduce their need for personal vehicles.


The designs for the buildings are made to take advantage of natural light, which improves employee health and happiness. The cafés and restaurants will also reportedly focus on sustainable, local produce and farm-to-table efficiency. 


The campus description sounds like something out of science fiction, but Ford is committed to this vision, which it aims to complete by 2025


“We envision a quilt of interconnected buildings, with Ford teams woven together in such a way that enables collaboration and innovation in its transformed workspace,” said Craig Dykers, co-founder of Snøhetta. “Natural and built environments, employees and communities, moving in one Ford ecosystem, and connected with the world around it.”


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