Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Toyota unveils what its 100-acre Plano campus will look like



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Seven mostly glass buildings – some up to five stories tall – will dominate Toyota’s new $300-plus million North American headquarters in west Plano.
The automaker unveiled architectural renderings of the 2-million-square-foot facilities Wednesday that showed buildings of varying heights in glass and Texas limestone arranged around a large central plaza.
Included on the environmentally sensitive campus will be dining, fitness and conference facilities — as well as a pharmacy, said Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North American Region.
At least 4,000 and perhaps as many as 5,000 employees will work at the $300 million facility west of the Dallas North Tollway and south of State Highway 121.
By the end of the year, Lentz said, Toyota should know how many employees intend to make the move to North Texas.
“Major corporate moves typically lose about 75 percent of their people, but I don’t think that will be the case for Toyota,” Lentz told reporters at the site. “As soon as I know, I will let you know.”
The 100-acre campus is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.
“Bringing our team members together at this striking and inspiring new campus in Plano will help Toyota become a more cohesive, collaborative and innovative company so we can serve our customers better,” Lentz said at a morning unveiling of the renderings at the construction site.
The new buildings will permit Toyota to consolidate all of its major U.S. divisions – sales, marketing, engineering, finance and corporate services – at one campus.
Since arriving in Hollywood in 1957, Toyota’s various divisions have been spread among offices in California, Kentucky and New York. The company’s headquarters are currently located in Torrance, Calif.

The new buildings will have generous roof overhangs on the southern sides to cast shade, but will be positioned to let in as much natural light as possible, Lentz said.
The campus buildings will be constructed of Texas limestone, while native, low-water plants and landscaping will cover the campus.
Toyota intends to pursue LEED Platinum certification for the campus, the highest level possible from the U.S. Green Building Council.
In addition, the campus will offer features to catch and store water for irrigation and the office buildings and some parking structures may be fitted with solar panels for renewable energy.
Overhead rendering of Toyota's new North American headquarters
being built in Plano. 
“Our work with some of the best designers, builders, architects – along with important input from our own team members – has inspired our thinking around how our new facilities can support and enhance the One Toyota Experience,” Lentz said.
The site will include a quarter-mile “check track,” as Lentz described it, where engineers can test suspension systems on different road conditions.
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