Driven by a desire to change the culture into a more collaborative and integrated work environment, the new 265,000 sf, 4-Floor, Bridgestone Americas Technical Center is designed to a very high standard of sustainability and has achieved LEED Gold certification. Because half of the engineers will retire in the next 10 years, employee attraction was another driving force in the workplace strategy used in the design. Appealing to 3 generations of engineers was a goal to be supported by the new high tech building. A world class building was needed to reduce Bridgestone’s carbon footprint, attract young engineers and positively affect the desired culture change needed within the company.
The four story building is organized into two main function spaces: research/testing labs and advanced engineering/corporate office space. A glass enclosed atrium is the core connection space with food service amenities to
encourage collaboration and social interaction between departments and adjacent on-campus buildings.
The design incorporates many “green” strategies including:
- Vegetated Roof
- Filtered Chemical Hoods to Eliminate
- Native Plants
- Stormwater Runoff Bioswales
- Cistern for Rainwater
- Natural Daylighting
- Heat Transfer Heating/Cooling System
- Solar Panels
- Reflective Roofing
- Ultra High Efficiency Glazing
- Light Sensors
Click here to check out the construction of this building through time lapse videos.
AIA Akron Design Award
Cleveland Engineering Society Award
"The design of this building was “icing on the cake” for the process we started here in Akron, Ohio at our technical center. The new building is very conducive to the environment we want which includes innovation for products and collaboration in how we go about executing this strategy."
Vice President, Product Development