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Toyota Motor North America Research and Development Center

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Project Facts

Location York, Michigan
Owner Toyota Motor Engineering & Manufacturing North America, Inc.
Size 132,000 SF
Cost $33 million
Status Completed 2016
Certifications LEED Platinum


When the Toyota Technical Training Center needed a new building to house their procurement and supplier relations personal at the existing campus, they turned to Walter P Moore. The challenge was to connect the new development to an existing structure without disrupting operations, which was accomplished using state-of-the-art noise-minimizing processes. This new three-story development offers office space and a 10,000 square foot open assembly area perfectly suited for vendor presentations. Honoring a commitment to sustainability, innovative materials developed for this build earned a Material and Resources credit through the USGBC LEED program.

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About the project

The design team collaborated closely with the engineers of the existing steel-framed structure and its 25-foot-deep basement. The new building’s columns needed to be supported on the foundations of the preexisting one, but the basement had to remain operational throughout construction. In order to accomplish this, deep foundations were meticulously installed using low-impact drilling techniques to minimize noise and vibrations, preserving the integrity of the existing facility.

In an eco-conscious effort, the design team worked alongside the concrete supplier to craft a sustainable concrete mix that still met or exceeded all required structural performance criteria. This mix was carefully engineered and fine-tuned using a Whole Building Life Cycle Assessment model to replace portions of cement, resulting in reduced environmental impacts, including lower greenhouse gas emissions, decreased global warming potential, reduced ozone depletion, and decreased acidification, among other metrics. 

Incorporating sustainable design and engineering solutions, this new office building not only enhances the Toyota Technical Training Center but also demonstrates Walter P Moore’s commitment to environmental responsibility.