Toyota Motor North America is ready to dedicate its new $1 billion headquarters and central office campus north of Dallas.
The layout and exterior design of corporate campus, which covers 2.1 million square feet, is designed to create a collaborative work environment that “encourages discovery, transparency and creativity.”
Corgan Associates of Dallas, which designed the Toyota campus, noted headquarters houses team members in various spaces for finance, sales, marketing and distribution dedicated to the North American market.
The space also blends together employees from across the country. The concurrent reorganization of the company and migration to a “OneToyota” approach called for an elaborate programming effort. The campus features include an 850-person dining commons, healthcare clinic, fitness center, multi-purpose knowledge center, 500-person large gathering space, pharmacy, museum and conference center, according to Corgan.
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About 75% of Toyota’s 3,000 employees in Torrance, California, are moving to the new Dallas, Texas-area site. The employees from Torrance will be joined in Texas by another 1,000 employees, who are moving from Toyota offices in Kentucky and New York.
In all, the headquarters campus already houses some 4,000 employees, which has hired several hundred employees to replace those who elected to remain in Los Angeles rather than move from California to Texas.
“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 so we can serve our customers better,” Jim Lentz, CEO of Toyota’s North America Region, has noted in the past.
“Our efforts to become One Toyota in North America go hand-in-hand with the goals of the Ever-Better Expedition, which embodies our passion for continuous improvement and sharing ideas so that we can deliver products that exceed our customers’ expectations.”
The new Toyota campus includes seven buildings to house the social and business functions.
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Building facades that include 12 acres of glass, with generous roof overhangs along the southern exposures to cast shade; Local and regional materials, including more than 1,200 tons of Texas limestone. In addition, the site uses low-water plantings that reflect the native landscapes of North Central Texas and the parking structures and office buildings that can support solar panels for renewable energy production.
While Toyota has just completed the new campus, the Japanese automaker is already spreading out into other corners of the Dallas Metroplex.
Toyota Connected, the data science hub for Toyota’s global operations is planning to double its headcount and expand its office space at the Legacy West Urban Village, adjacent to Toyota Motor North America’s new headquarters.
Toyota Connected is expected to support a broad range of consumer-, business- and government-facing initiatives. It was created to significantly expand Toyota’s capabilities in the fields of vehicle data science, machine learning and contextual data services development throughout Toyota’s global operations.
Meanwhile, Toyota has put its old headquarters site in Southern California up for sale. The sale of the property is expected to help defray the cost of the new campus in Texas.
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Toyota’s move to the Dallas suburbs has been the subject of California versus Texas rivalry with cultural, economic and political overtones. But California, with its booming entertainment and high-tech industries, seems to have shrugged off the loss of Toyota without much difficulty while the local economy around Dallas also continues to expand.