Drew Robb, Facility Executive
Ford Motor Company’s campus in Dearborn, MI stands as an enduring symbol of the American automotive industry. Its Ford Research and Engineering Campus (REC) was originally dedicated by President Eisenhower in 1953. That was followed by iconic Ford World Headquarters building, dedicated in 1956. But just like the car industry in the state, the buildings and the campus needed an update to truly represent 21st century manufacturing.
Accordingly, a massive renovation and campus rejuvenation program is underway. While office complexes are a major part of the project, central to the vision are power generation, renewable energy, and sustainability. The campus will incorporate solar power arrays, geothermal heating and cooling, and water saving technologies such as rainwater capture. The goal is to achieve a net zero waste, net zero energy, net zero water facility, and to attain certification through the U.S. Green Building Council’s Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) process.
In addition, construction of a Combined Heat and Power (CHP) plant will boost efficiency and lower emissions. It will utilize two Solar Titan 130 gas turbines, a steam turbine, as well as heat recovery steam generators (HRSGs) from Rentech Boiler Systems.
Throughout the campus, overall energy use will be reduced by about 50% annually. All renovated facilities are expected to earn at the very least Silver LEED Certification.