The new campus located in Southfield, North America, has a floor space of 21,000 m2, providing extensive training facilities, a modern test center and an attractive work environment for some 500 employees from four divisions. At a cost of just under € 40 million, the Southfield campus is the second-biggest investment in Dürr’s history – excluding corporate acquisitions. The conveniently situated office and technology complex pools activities that were previously spread across three locations in metropolitan Detroit.
The campus had its origins in an office complex built in the 1960s. As a center of excellence modeled in line with the corporate headquarters in Germany, it is intended to inspire collaboration, communication and creativity of employees and customers alike.
During the conversion work, particular attention was paid to preserving the original building structure to the greatest extent possible, with a focus on innovative technologies to save energy and costs. For instance, in addition to the exclusive installation of LED lighting and special windows, one of the largest variable refrigerant flow (VRF) systems in Michigan was integrated into it. This technology can supply heating and air-conditioning at the same time, allowing for various zones in the building to be supplied with individually adjustable temperatures. Moreover, these particularly silent systems enable compressors to be adjusted as needed from time to time, making a huge contribution to energy efficiency at the location. The new location enables us to save almost 900,000 kWh in electricity alone each year.
Stations with drinking water are available to employees, as is the case in Bietigheim. The system deployed in Southfield also documents the number of plastic bottles saved by using the station. Each year some 20,000 fewer plastic bottles are used at the new US location alone.
This approach also delivered compelling proof to the panel of judges of the 2015 Southfield Business Award for Sustainability. They honored Dürr with this distinction for use of green innovations in everyday practice.