The new Central Campus Building is the result of Ford’s 3-year research and planning process, created with Snøhetta as the Design Architect, IBI Group as the Architect of Record, Ghafari as the Engineer of Record, and Arup leading sustainability and engineering.
Architecture of Innovation
The Central Campus Building will be a new workplace and resource for approximately 6,400 employees from Ford’s many disciplines, including design and engineering. Ford’s talent can come together in a state-of-the-art facility that combines active and social amenity spaces, dynamic and collaborative workplace, as well as innovative and inspiring programs. These functions are carefully dispersed throughout the building and extend to exterior spaces, making work visible and fostering a vibrant and inclusive workplace for future generations of Ford employees.
Designed as a place for people, the project provides accessible gathering areas and employee amenities, ample access to daylight, and views outside the building and across the campus. It serves as a community asset, placed near Oakwood Boulevard and activated with public amenities to engage the community.
The Central Campus Building will include amenities, offices, design studios, fabrication shops, laboratories and courtyards as a network to create proximity between people and product, allowing teams and individual employees to seamlessly interact. The concept design of the building centers on functional spaces like the design studios. These become the building blocks in terms of size and performance needs. The building secures and centralizes product movement while distributing intuitive and effective horizontal and vertical paths of travel.
Site & Ecology
From plazas and courtyards to paths and gardens, the campus landscape is designed to adapt to and celebrate diurnal, seasonal, climatic and social change, immersing users in highly textured, colorful, and fragrant environments that evolve over time. These landscapes, although each aesthetically unique, are each productive—at times an extension of the indoor workplace, a thriving habitat, a horticultural amenity, and a set of programmed places for the Ford community to meaningfully engage with each other and natural systems.
The compact footprint of the Central Campus Building, combined with reduced parking footprints, will dramatically reduce impervious surfaces and provide the opportunity to expand and showcase native planting areas, creative stormwater management, and experiential gardens and plazas as an integral part of the campus experience.
Reimagining the Future Workplace
Aligning with Ford’s people-centric values, the Central Campus Building is designed to catalyze Ford's vision for the future of their workplace. The building will integrate a highly interconnected network of cross-disciplinary teams working together around a product line within physical and visual proximity. Based on a simple plan with interstitial courtyards, the building will create connections across floors, opening to daylight and minimizing travel distances while connecting employees together.
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