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Palo Alto, CA
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Ford Research & Innovation Center

Design-build with HED to perform structural and other code compliant upgrades on two cold-shell buildings, totaling 150,000 s.f.

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Palo Alto, CA


Ford Research & Innovation Center




150,000 s.f.



Market Sector

Advanced Technology

Delivery Method



  • Award Winner

XL Construction helped Ford expand its research and innovation campus into two adjacent 75,000 s.f. cold-shell buildings. XL and design-build partner HED built out the interiors and made exterior improvements, creating a thriving environment for Ford researchers who are fusing automotive technological and design innovations. These contemporary workspaces are key to Ford’s employee recruitment within competitive Silicon Valley. XL’s work included code compliant access structural upgrades, complete MEPF fit-up, and elevator installation. XL built out all interior spaces, constructing collaborative work areas for 500 people, conference rooms, a lobby, project spaces, design thinking areas, labs for audio acoustics work, driving simulation stations, and a design showroom space. XL also completed common spaces, such as bathrooms, showers, quiet areas, mothers’ rooms, and break areas for team huddles. XL created an auditorium for highlighting breakthroughs by Ford teams that included a custom Newmat ceiling system, seating, and a track lighting system.

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