With Ford’s Product Development Center in Dearborn, Michigan approaching 66 years in existence, the folks from the Blue Oval feel that a complete overhaul of the complex is in short order. The site, being vital to the Research & Engineering department of Ford, will play host to a new central campus building that will act as a hub for Ford’s Product Development community. Once completed, the campus will be able to accept world-class talents who can help further develop Ford’s vehicles.
The main campus building is but a first step in making a sprawling area for the Product Development community. The restoration of the Michigan Central Station in Detroit’s Corktown neighborhood is also planned to blend in as a collaborative space to create future mobility solutions. Once the main campus is completed in 2025, the campus itself can co-locate 6,000 Ford Employees – mainly vehicle designers and development teams – to allow for an inviting, walkable space that is conducive for product development work.
“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.”
Seeing as Ford’s idea for the campus is to create innovative mobility solutions, personal vehicles of students and cohabitors will be limited to the perimeter area of the site. Movement in the area is intended to be ‘pedestrian-focused’ and ‘transit-rich’. The campus will eventually feature electrified bikes, scooters, shuttles, and eventually even automated transport as these technologies start to develop.
Once their master plans are completed, Ford expects to create a campus with interconnected buildings and structures that could one-day house 20,000 employees in a high-tech environment and productive atmosphere. So, you think you could find yourself studying in Ford’s upcoming campus?