Furthering its resolution to become “the leader in connectivity, mobility, autonomous vehicles, the customer experience, and data and analytics,” Ford has deepened its investment in Palo Alto, by having HED (Harley Ellis Devereaux) renovate two previously vacant buildings to significantly expand its existing Research and Innovation Center.
With its opening, the newly expanded Research and Innovation Center doubled Ford’s Palo Alto workforce and created more than five times the square footage of the original campus. Today, it stands as yet another powerful signifier of Ford’s commitment to advance—and lead—the smart mobility market.
The interior architecture parallels the relationship-building ecosystem of Silicon Valley itself, where start-ups, incubators, universities, and investors comingle with tech leaders and corporate giants.
When was the project completed?
How much space (SF)?
150,000 GSF (two 75,000 GSF buildings)
Was this new or renovated space?
How many employees?
Designed for approximately 450
Describe workspace types.
There is a mix of spaces including open offices, enclosed offices, and other spaces.
What kind of meeting spaces are provided?
Conference rooms, break areas, and others
Has the project achieved any special certifications?
LEED Silver is being pursued
Was there any emphasis or requirements on programming for health and wellbeing initiatives for employees?
Every office and conference space have daylight and access to views. VOC levels were addressed and other indoor air quality topics. There is also a wellness room, and a mother’s room (required by CA code).
Were there any special or unusual construction materials or techniques employed in the project?
To expedite construction, the team used DIRTT walls (glazed and non-glazed), a pre-manufactured construction system. The team used Tate access flooring throughout the building, primarily their concrete tiles.
What products or service solutions are making the biggest impact in your space?
The furniture system is by One Workplace.
The DIRTT walls are considered a furniture system.
What kind of branding elements were incorporated into the design?
Signage and branded objects are on display throughout the project.
What is the most unique feature of the new space?
The auditorium is one of the unique features: It is designed so that you can drive a car into it for display. It’s also set up for partition into two spaces for public events and private events.
Are there any furnishings or spaces specifically included to promote wellness/wellbeing?
Adjustable height desks
What kinds of technology products were used?
Distance collaboration technology was an important feature for this workspace (for connection to Detroit offices and teams all around the world).
Photography courtesy of HED (Harley Ellis Devereaux)