Ford Motor Company recently detailed an expanded vision to transform its Research & Engineering Center in Dearborn into a high-tech, efficient, forward-thinking campus for thousands of its designers, engineers and product development workers.
In the last decade, connectivity, automation, electrification and other technologies have dramatically shifted the automotive and mobility landscape. The design principles of the master plan go hand in hand with Ford’s evolving approach to product design and development. The company increasingly is leveraging human-centered design and cross-functional teams to create new products and services and manage product lines as customer-focused end-to-end businesses.
The focal point will be a new central campus building which sits on the site of Ford’s 66-year-old Product Development Center, located on the northwest corner of today’s Research & Engineering Center. Future home to Ford’s product development community, initial construction of the new building will be complete by the end of 2022. Paired with the restoration of Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood into a collaborative space to create future mobility solutions, the new facility will help Ford speed product and technology innovation and attract world-class talent.
The new master plan framework is the result of a two-year research and planning process. The plan envisions an intelligent campus built with flexibility so it can adapt to changes in the industry and work practices.
Source: Press Release