Toyota has selected US-based BHDP Architecture to design its new facilities in York Township, Michigan, and Georgetown, Kentucky.

Toyota announced the expansion of its Technical Center in Michigan early last year. This is to accommodate the relocation of 250 direct procurement and supplier engineering development positions from Erlanger to its campus in York Township near Ann Arbor.

About 300 Erlanger-based production engineering positions will also be moved to a new facility on the campus of Toyota Motor Manufacturing, Kentucky (TMMK) in Georgetown.

Groundbreaking for both facilities will take place early in 2015. Both moves are expected to becompleted by 2017.

BHDP Architecture senior architect Tom Arends said: "Toyota identified key themes for these two new facilities.

"A work environment that’s sustainable, promotes collaboration, embraces diversity and builds a sense of excitement and accomplishment for team members with the ultimate vision of building always better cars."

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"These new facilities will be regional role models using renewable energy, recycling water, building biodiversity."

Toyota production engineering general manager Robin Haugen said: "These new facilities will be regional role models using renewable energy, recycling water, building biodiversity and increasing the amount of low volatile organic compounds and recycled material within the construction.

"We welcome BHDP Architecture and recognise their experience as an innovative leader focused on creating a workplace environment that aligns with our sustainability goals."

In April 2014, Toyota announced plans to establish new headquarters in North Dallas (Plano), Texas, for its North American operations.

Image: Toyota’s new headquarters building in Toyota City, Japan. Photo: courtesy of Chris 73.