Toy­ota’s huge new Plano HQ a lo­gis­ti­cal chal­lenge

Austin American-Statesman - - BUSINESS - By Jill Cowan Dallas Morn­ing News Toy­ota

When the first Toy­ota em­ploy­ees start moving into the auto gi­ant’s new North Amer­i­can head­quar­ters in late April, they’ll be set­ting up shop in a mod­ern marvel.

Yards of poured con­crete that would pass 475 foot­ball sta­di­ums end to end, 17,000 tons of re­in­forc­ing steel — the equiv­a­lent of 1,700 city buses. Acres of glass, lit­eral tons of Texas lime­stone.

But the most im­pres­sive part about the project isn’t the ma­te­ri­als. It’s not the 7.75-megawatt so­lar power sys­tem or the in­te­rior color pal­ette de­signed to re­flect the indige­nous Texas en­vi­ron­ment.

It’s that, in a re­gion where builders are strug­gling might­ily to find con­struc­tion la­bor, as many as 2,000 work­ers are out at the 100-

VER­NON BRYANT / DALLAS MORN­ING NEWS

Con­struc­tion con­tin­ues at the new Toy­ota head­quar­ters in Plano this month. As many as 2,000 work­ers are on the 100-acre site at any given mo­ment.

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