Toyota‘s shiny new Texas headquarters begins to take shape
Toyota has highlighted construction progress at its shiny new headquarters in Plano, Texas.
The striking architecture is beginning to take shape, anchored by 17,000 tons of steel, 1,200 tons of local limestone and no less than 12 acres of glass. More than 2,000 workers are on site every day to keep the project on schedule.
Aside from its unique aesthetics, the campus has been designed as a ‘green’ facility with drought-tolerant landscaping. The approach eliminates the need to use fertilizers, chemicals or artificial irrigation, while power will be generated on-site via a 7.75-megawatt solar panel array and supplemented by Texas wind farms.
“We will be hiring more than 1,000 new team members across numerous functions, and our hope is that they will help us in Toyota’s mission to address mobility challenges for everyone, now and in the future,” said Toyota North America chief Jim Lentz.
The open architecture meshes with the Japanese automaker’s “One Toyota” vision, intended to nurture creativity and collaboration between staff members. Seven independent buildings are placed around a central plaza, where work is balanced with social and fitness functions.
Around 4,000 employees will eventually populate the headquarters when it opens its doors next year.