As mentioned last month, General Motors has now officially announced that its Technical Center in Warren, MI will see a $130 million expansion for a new state-of-the-art Information Technology center.
The project, which is turning an older administrative building into a central IT command hub, is expected to be completed no later then 2015, and will add 25 jobs in the process. The center will be efficient enough to cut the Tech Center’s energy use by an impressive 40 percent — a number that GM hopes will earn it a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEEDS) certification by the U.S. Green Building Council.
While the facility’s environmentally-friendly nature will help cut costs, the renovation will unify GM’s IT infrastructure and will serve as a hub for the automaker to monitor all of its digital applications globally, serving as the single place that runs complex simulations for safety, fuel economy, quality, as well as other engineering and design operations. And in the case that the new data center will need to grow in the future, its modular design should make improvements and upgrades easier.
The new IT center is one of the 17 facilities GM plans to build in the future; since 2009, the automaker has invested $3.4 billion to create or retain jobs — totaling 9,000 positions.