GM is currently putting an expansion on its Michigan-based design center, with construction on the project scheduled for completion before the end of 2023.
Construction on the new design center began back in 2018, however the project was soon put on the backburner as GM shifted its resources to the development of new battery-electric vehicles. The automaker had intended to restart construction on the project in 2020, but the COVID-19 pandemic delayed it once again, with work on the sprawling facility officially restarting last spring.
GM CEO Mary Barra shared a series of images on her Twitter page this week showing the progress on the design center expansion. In the tweets, Barra said that the majority of projects assigned to the new studio will be EVs. The large facility, believed to be the largest of its type in the world, will also provide “more room for advanced design, industrial design and other teams driving the growth of our technology platforms,” she said.
“I’m so pleased to see the team’s rapid progress as we continue delivering beautifully designed and executed EVs that customers love,” Barra also said.
At over one million square feet, we believe this will be the largest automotive design center in the world.
— Mary Barra (@mtbarra) June 9, 2022
The new design center, which will be called GM Design West, will feature an open concept workspace with assigned desks and almost no walls. The automaker says the advanced new design center will help speed up the design and development of its battery-electric product by giving its design teams additional workspace. The expansion is expected to add roughly 360,000 square feet of additional office and workspace at the GM Warren Tech Center campus in Michigan.
The expanded design center is the final component of a multi-year, $1 billion investment in the Warren Tech Center that also saw it build a new vehicle engineering center at the site, along with a new alternative energy center and a pre-production operation center.
Construction on GM Design West is expected to be complete by the fourth quarter of 2023. The facility will house individual design studios for the Buick, Cadillac Chevrolet and GMC brands.