North Kingstown, R.I.-based Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence has broken ground on the construction of a new expansion project on a five-acre site in Novi, Mich. Slated for completion in fall 2019, the 88,000-sq.-ft. building will house a technology showroom, a technical training center, and a 15,000-sq.-ft. laboratory and calibration hub. The two-story office area will have glass walls and windows presenting an exceptional view of the nearly 11,000-sq.-ft. Hexagon showroom and demonstration area from both levels.
Expanding Hexagon’s presence in the Midwest, the Center of Excellence will serve as a cornerstone to support advanced manufacturing in the region. Hexagon will consolidate all of its Manufacturing Intelligence businesses in the greater Detroit area into a central location, which includes MSC Software, Production Software (formerly Vero Software), Q-DAS and its metrology solutions portfolio. Employees from the AutonomouStuff and Safety Critical brands of Hexagon’s Positioning Intelligence division will also work from the new site.
The property will meet or exceed all aspects of the current Michigan Uniform Energy code. The building design will incorporate lighting controls and sensors to reduce energy consumption and take advantage of exterior daylight to supplement office area lighting. Focused on the employee experience, the floor plan features open common office spaces and separate huddle areas to encourage collaboration and innovation. All interior spaces will be outfitted with new modern furniture designed for the various ways today’s employees work, whether on their own, in teams or informal collaborations.
Other employee amenities include a fitness gym, coffee bars, lounges and a modern break room designed for multi-purpose functions including meetings, events, and every-day meals and refreshment breaks. A high-tech solutions provider, Hexagon is focused on providing an environment that empowers teamwork, problem-solving, and a high level of productivity among formerly separate areas of the business. The new center will be finely appointed in the Hexagon style with its modern color scheme and other company design elements.
“This is an exciting project for us, as we will utilize our vast wealth of Hexagon technologies during the build process—from total stations for surveying to digital construction,” said Angus Taylor, president and CEO of Hexagon Manufacturing Intelligence North America. “Ultimately, this state-of-the-art facility reflects the next phase in Hexagon’s own data-driven evolution across industries to shape smart change. Our investment in this Center of Excellence allows us to consolidate our technology teams and put them into a 21st-century workspace.”