It’s aimed at helping the company attract and retain top talent, particularly as cutting-edge technology companies in Silicon Valley increasingly compete with automakers for engineers and other highly skilled employees. It also will significantly reduce energy use and the amount of time employees spend traveling to and from meetings.
“They’ve been spread out, and that makes for an inefficient way for employees to interact with each other,” Donna Inch, CEO of the Ford Motor Land Development Corp., said in an interview. “It’s very tricky because we have to keep our operations going and at the same time transform the campus. That’s why it’s a 10-year plan.”
The product campus will be able to accommodate 24,000 employees, double the number who work in the buildings there now, by consolidating offices scattered around Dearborn. Renderings show a series of new buildings oriented around a central green area that would replace the main thoroughfare bisecting the campus, which President Dwight D. Eisenhower dedicated in 1953. Roads and parking garages would be closer to the perimeter rather than in the middle as they are now.
The campus would be anchored by a 700,000-square-foot design center with studios and an outdoor design courtyard. Ford said its current design dome will be turned into an event venue.