Ford Research and Innovation Center

GENERAL INFO
SIZE:

15,000 sq. ft.

SCHEDULE:

10 weeks


ARCHITECT:

Total Design Solutions (TDS)

DETAILS

GCI and TDS spent 10 weeks converting a 1960’s era Hewlett Packard Office Building into a state-of-the-art, (125-person) automotive-technology innovation center. Highlights for this project include an immersion lab with a virtual reality system (allowing the user to fully immerse themselves in a Ford vehicle driving environment), a driving simulator with a 180 degree viewing screen, and a complete service garage with a hydraulic lift.

The first floor utilizes a mix of drop ceiling and open ceiling areas with polished concrete floors and carpeted work areas. The highlight of this floor is an immersion lab with a virtual reality system allowing the user to fully immerse themselves in a Ford vehicle driving environment. Additionally the room contains a driving simulator with a 180 degree viewing screen to give the “driver “ a real world experience. The floor also has a complete service garage with a hydraulic lift for working on vehicles.

The second floor also utilizes a mix of modern open ceiling design with drop ceiling work areas and meeting rooms. There is a sleek kitchen that opens to a patio deck where the users can enjoy the fresh air while taking a break.

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