CoreNet Global Summit, Seattle 2017
Seattle | 5 - 7 November 2017 | Washington State Convention Center

Renewal through Transformation: Ford's Dearborn Research & Engineering Center

November 6 2017 | 11:00 - 12:00

Renewal through Transformation: Ford's Dearborn Research & Engineering Center

Companies have exhausted symbolic gestures toward sustaining natural resources. The emerging generation of human capital seeks a more thoughtful and productive relationship with the environment. Employers need to operate with infrastructure that has a tangible, positive impact on their relationships with the ecosystem. The market for human capital demands this. Ford Motor Company's Dearborn Campus Transformation (DCT) seeks to renew the research and engineering heart of its enterprise. The 10-year plan renovates, demolishes, and builds new facilities that will be a world class corporate research campus focused on workplaces of the future to develop Ford's vision as a 21st century Mobility Company. A critical aspect of Ford's DCT is a completely new energy and infrastructure system which effectively creates an eco-district. The new infrastructure system will be low-entropy and include a large campus geothermal heating and cooling system, central distribution of hot and chilled water, and generation of electricity via on-site combined heat and power. This system is being developed with a unique Design-Building-Own-Operate-Maintain (DBOOM) approach where an expert 3rd party will develop the infrastructure onsite providing all project financing and technical operation skills for a lifecycle-optimized energy solution. 

Key Takeaways:

  • Understand the benefits and risks of Design-Building-Own-Operate-Maintain development approaches. 
  • Identify how an eco-district is conceptually developed and what components are critical to life-cycle success.
  • Discover how a major real estate developer approaches successfully redeveloping a critical corporate asset that must remain operational throughout an intensive transformation process.