Toyota Celebrates North American HQ Opening
PLANO, TX Roughly three years since announcing plans to move its North American headquarters and relocate 4,000-plus employees from Torrance, California, to Plano, Texas, Toyota recently celebrated the grand opening of the new eco-friendly campus, which was designed with sustainability and resource efficiency to meet LEED Platinum standards. For the first time, Toyota will bring together 19 different corporate functions (sales, R&D, etc.) under one roof - as part of the "One Toyota" philosophy - which called for a new space designed around the concept of connectedness, openness and collaboration. Dallas, Texas, -based international design firm Corgan was the master planner, architect and designer for the Toyota project.
Some notable design elements and campus features include:
"¢ A central courtyard connecting the shared campus and the amenity loop which includes, conference center, fitness, healthcare, retail and dining.
"¢ A workplace layout that is 50 percent open and collaborative.
"¢ A myriad of flexible places to work, including indoor and outdoor options.
"¢ An 82 percent natural daylight penetration inside the building and over 90 percent of people-occupied office spaces offer views directly to the outdoors.
"¢ One of the largest corporate solar power systems in the U.S., with more than 20,000 solar panels generating 9 MegaWatts of electricity to the campus.
"¢ An innovative, advanced multi-array 400,000 gallon rainwater collection system.
The Toyota facility is quite an achievement from an innovation, design and sustainability perspective, and the result of Toyota's significant investment and long-term commitment to a sustainable future.