When all is said and done, Toyota North America’s new 100-acre, 2.1 million-square-foot corporate campus could house to up to 6,500 employees. Or that’s what the Japan-based automaker has built in its new Plano home.
Each part of the campus — and divisions throughout the North American campus — will speak to each other with the help of a central courtyard, which will act as a centerpiece of Toyota’s vision, Doug Beebe, the corporate manager of Toyota’s administrative services, told the Dallas Business Journal.
“The outer loop of enclosed walkway space around the courtyard starts the experience by bringing everyone into the center and the courtyard is the icing on the cake,” Beebe told the DBJ during a tour on Thursday.
“We are proud of these features because we think it will allow team members to get out of their office space and really come together,” Beebe told me. “And that’s really the spirit of ‘One Toyota,’ how we work better together. One way we can do that is by being together.”
Beebe and other executives gave members of the media and community a tour of the campus, which CEO Jim Lentz said is one schedule to be complete and ready for occupancy by Toyota employees by mid-2017.
“As we get closer to completion, we look to recruit people who want to challenge what’s possible at Toyota and within the auto industry,” said Lentz, adding Toyota North America plans to hire more than 1,000 new employees across industries from engineering to sales and marketing to finance to information systems.