FORT WORTH, Texas, Feb. 27, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- Today, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC, a leading captive, automotive and commercial vehicle financial services provider and a company of Daimler Financial Services Group, broke ground on its new, build-to-suit, 200,000-square-foot facility at AllianceTexas, a 26,000-acre, master-planned, mixed-use development in north Fort Worth. The state-of-the-art, greenfield building will serve as Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' national business operations center, and has been specifically positioned to leverage its lakeside setting and designed to facilitate employee collaboration.
"Texas has played an important role in our history, and we are excited to continue and grow our presence in this great state with a new contemporary, technologically advanced operations center," said Peter Zieringer, president and CEO of Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. "The new facility enhances our ability to provide a dynamic atmosphere that inspires and excites our employees."
The new, four-story, modern industrial building for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services is designed to complement the surrounding scenic landscape and enhance productivity by creating an environment for greater employee collaboration. The open community space in the heart of the building was strategically designed as an atrium to allow ample, natural daylight with unobstructed views of the nearby lake, which is located within walking distance from the office. Built to foster social interactions, the atrium will give employees a place to gather, connect and re-energize. The location also offers employees direct access to a variety of amenities, including health and wellness programming, organized sports and connectivity to a walking trail around the lake.
BOKA Powell, a Dallas-based design firm, is serving as the design architect and architect of record for the shell building and site development. Their work will include master planning, programming, core and shell design, documentation and construction administration. BOKA Powell also designed the previous two buildings occupied by Mercedes-Benz Financial Services in the greater Dallas/Fort Worth area.
"When designing Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' building, we wanted to create a unique experience for employees from the moment they walk into the bright, naturally lit atrium to the time they enjoy lunch on the outdoor plaza," said John Orfield, principal-in-charge at BOKA Powell. "Tapping into everything the surrounding area has to offer, the new building will encourage employees to take in scenic views and get involved with programmed events and group activities."
To optimize an adjacent water feature, the building is uniquely angled to maximize employees' access to lake views and provide sustainable daylighting to core work areas. In alignment with Hillwood's environmental stewardship, the development's architecture and landscaping will incorporate the use of native materials and elements to reduce its carbon footprint. By selecting plants that are drought-resistant, designers will utilize a drip irrigation system to assist with water conservation.
"Each project Hillwood develops is carefully crafted to maintain the property's natural beauty while simultaneously protecting the native surroundings," said Mike Berry, Hillwood president. "The Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' new facility exemplifies our core value of creating a sustainable development and enhances the quality of life for employees."
Seamlessly blending with the native terrain, the new building connects employees with amenities, including fitness classes, outdoor kitchens and dining areas, covered seating, an outdoor basketball court and direct access to the existing trail around the lake. Upon completion, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' facility will also have a third floor terrace to give employees the opportunity to collaborate beyond the walls of the building and connect with nature.
Construction on Mercedes-Benz Financial Services' new facility is scheduled to be completed in early 2019.
A group of top firms have been contracted to support the greenfield project, including:
• JLL Fort Worth Project and Development Services of Dallas, TX will oversee the project for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services, including facilitation of the shell building, site development and interiors planning, and FF&E;
• SmithGroupJJR Dallas and Detroit Workplace Studios will provide programming, workplace strategy, interior architecture and design services and serve as the architect of record for the interior.
• The lease agreement process was supported by Cushman & Wakefield.
About Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC
Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC, headquartered in Farmington Hills, Michigan, with Business Center Operations in Fort Worth, Texas, provides brand‐specific financial products and services for Mercedes‐Benz and smart automotive dealers and their retail customers. In the U.S. trucking industry, it conducts business as Daimler Truck Financial and provides flexible financial products and services for Daimler Trucks North America commercial vehicles branded Freightliner, Western Star, Thomas Built Bus and Mitsubishi Fuso Truck of America, Inc.
Mercedes‐Benz Financial Services USA LLC serves as the headquarters for operations in the United States, Canada, Mexico, Argentina and Brazil, and has approximately 2,242 employees throughout the Americas. It is a company of the Daimler Financial Services Group, headquartered in Stuttgart, Germany, which does business in 40 countries and has an employee base of approximately 12,062 people worldwide. Daimler Financial Services is one of the leading financial services organizations worldwide and was ranked fifth out of 25 on the list of the World's Best Multinational Workplaces by the Great Place To Work Institute in 2016. Mercedes-Benz Financial Services USA LLC was also named one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Millennials in 2015 and 2016, and one of the 100 Best Workplaces for Women in 2016 by Great Place to Work and Fortune.com. For more information, please visit www.mbfs.com/corp or facebook.com/mymbfs. For more information about Daimler Truck Financial, log onto www.daimler-truckfinancial.com.
AllianceTexas (www.alliancetexas.com) is an 26,000-acre, master-planned community anchored by the world's first industrial airport. It includes the Alliance Global Logistics Hub, Circle T Ranch and Alliance Town Center projects. AllianceTexas is now home to over 488 companies, which have built more than 43 million square feet and created over 48,800 jobs. The community also includes over 2.6 million square feet of retail, restaurant, medical and entertainment components integrated with a variety of single-family and luxury apartment home options. Since its inception, it is estimated that AllianceTexas has generated more than $69 billion in economic impact for the North Texas region.
Hillwood, a Perot company, is a premier industrial, commercial and residential real estate developer and manager with projects throughout North America and Europe. With a diverse portfolio of properties which have become home to many of the world's leading companies, Hillwood is committed to bringing long-term value to our customers and partners and the communities in which we serve. Hillwood also served as the lead developer of marquee projects nationwide, from the Air Force Memorial in Washington, D.C. to the Perot Museum of Nature and Science and the American Airlines Center in Dallas. For additional information, please visit www.hillwood.com.