Ford to Create Campus of the Future


Ford Motor Company detailed an expanded vision to transform its Research and Engineering Center in Dearborn into a high-tech, efficient, forward-thinking campus for thousands of its designers, engineers, and product development workers.


The crown jewel will be a new central campus building which will sit on the site of Ford’s 66-year-old Product Development Center. Initial construction will be complete by the end of 2022. This project is paired with the restoration of Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood into a collaborative space to create future mobility solutions. 


“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 result of a two-year research and planning process led by Snøhetta as lead architect, landscape architect, and master planner. The plan is based on three core principles — integration, interaction, and co-location — to advance Ford’s vision to serve customers through a winning portfolio, new propulsion choices, autonomous technology, and mobility services. 


“We are creating centers of excellence globally where talent can thrive,” said Dubensky. “These will be inviting places for our employees, partners, businesses and entrepreneurs from around the world to come and work with us to create tomorrow together.”

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