- Chrysler Headquarters and Technology Center
Chrysler Headquarters and Technology Center General information Type Office/R&D Location Auburn Hills, Michigan, United States Coordinates Coordinates: Completed 1993 Technology Center
Technical details Floor count 14 Floor area 5,300,000 sq ft (490,000 m2) complex Design and construction Architect CRSS Inc.
The Chrysler Headquarters and Technology Center is the world headquarters and main research and development facility for the automobile manufacturer Chrysler Group LLC. It is located in the Metro Detroit suburb of Auburn Hills, Michigan, USA. Completed in 1996, the complex has 5,300,000 sq ft (490,000 m2) on 504 acres (2.04 km2) located near I-75. CRSS Architects  designed the Chrysler Technology Center in a cross-axial formation where its elongated atrium topped concourses converge with an octagonal radiant skylight at its center. The rounded-off exterior corners are meant to evoke a polished car body. Prepared for the future, the Chrysler headquarters was designed so that it could be converted to a shopping mall.  It was later discovered that the mall design was a hoax. Chrysler employees were given a memo discussing hoaxes about the company.  Construction began in 1986, and the facility was largely complete upon its dedication on October 15, 1991. It reached full occupancy in 1993.
Planning for the facility began in 1984. Chrysler hoped replacing its outdated Highland Park, Michigan campus would improve product development efficiency, increase the ease of inter-departmental collaboration, and create a more satisfying workplace.
SmithGroup designed the attached Chrysler Headquarters (1996) tower crowned with the pentastar marque. The Headquarters tower was constructed between 1993 and 1996. The Walter P. Chrysler Museum is also on the campus.
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- ^ Priddle, Alisa (May 12, 2009).Chrysler's tech center called a 'good asset'. The Detroit News. Retrieved on June 28, 2009.
- ^ Caudill Rowlett Scott known as (CRS-Sirrine) and (CRSS) of Houston, TX was succeeded by the Jacobs Engineering Group of Pasadena, CA.
- ^ http://jalopnik.com/5240347/chrysler-hq-designed-to-convert-into-shopping-mall
- ^ http://www.theoaklandpress.com/articles/2009/05/05/business/doc4a000198823af372736010.txt
References and further reading
- Fisher, Dale (2005). Southeast Michigan: Horizons of Growth. Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing. ISBN 1891143255.
- Hyde, Charles K. (2003). Riding the Roller Coaster: History of the Chrysler Corporation. Wayne State University Press. ISBN 0814330916.
- Higgins, James V. "Investment in the Future: Chrysler expects payback in innovation and efficiency." The Detroit News, October 14, 1991
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