US: Toyota previews new Texas HQ with renderings image

Toyota, the world’s largest automaker, has decided that its North American unit needs a new headquarters, now being built in Plano, Texas. The endeavor is being kept in the spotlight with new architectural renderings of the campus.

The migration to Plano, Texas includes the relocation of around 4,000 employees, as the carmaker is bringing together divisions that were found across the US in California, Kentucky and New York. The new renderings showcase seven airy office buildings with a mostly glass design that encompass a central plaza of open-air and glass-enclosed spaces that Toyota claims helps personnel have a heightened sense of transparency and interaction. Corgan Associates, a Dallas-based firm has developed the designs, after previously working on major airport terminals, hospitals and schools as well as other corporate headquarters in the Dallas area. This March, Toyota also chose its general contractor for the site development – Dallas-based Austin Commercial – with the campus estimated at 2.1-million-square-foot and to be finished by early 2017.

Back in April 2014 Toyota said it would swing its North American central offices from its longtime location in Southern California, with a broader strategy to lift efficiency and increase the collaboration between various sites, as well as the marketing and manufacturing units. “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,” commented Jim Lentz, chief executive officer of Toyota Motor’s North American division.

Via Automotive News