- General Motors Technical Center
Infobox_nrhp | name =General Motors Technical Center
architect= Saarinen, Eero; Church, Thomas Dolliver
architecture= International Style
March 27, 2000
refnum=00000224 cite web|url=http://www.nr.nps.gov/|title=National Register Information System|date=2007-01-23|work=National Register of Historic Places|publisher=National Park Service] The GM Technical Center is a
General Motorsfacility in Warren, Michigan. The campus is home to 16,000 GM engineers, designers, and technicians and has been the center of the company's engineering effort for 50 years.
The "Tech Center" was designed by architect
Eero Saarinen, with construction beginning in 1949. The campus was completed in 1955 and ceremonially opened by President Dwight D. Eisenhoweron May 16, 1956. The facility cost the company approximately US$100,000,000 at the time. The American Institute of Architectshonored it in 1986 as the most outstanding architectural project of its era.
The Tech Center sprawls across convert|330|acre|km2|1 of land and includes convert|11|mi|km|0 of roads and convert|1.1|mi|km|1 of tunnels. It includes 25 main buildings and numerous additional structures including a water tower and 22 acre lake.
Main Tech Center areas:
* Research & Development ( coord|42.5152|-83.0432|region:US|display=inline|name="GM Research And Development" )
** The Metallurgy Building
** The Administration Building and exhibition hall
* Design Center ( coord|42.5095|-83.0419|region:US|display=inline|name="GM Design Center" )
* The Lake
* Engineering Buildings
* The Central Cafeteria ( coord|42.5120|-83.0389|region:US|display=inline|name="GM Central Cafeteria" )
* Manufacturing Centers
** Manufacturing A Building
** Manufacturing B Building
People affiliated with the site include Larry Burns, vice president of R&D and strategic planning, and Alan Taub, executive director of R&D.
References and further reading
*Cite book|author=Fisher, Dale|title=Detroit: Visions of the Eagle|year=1994|publisher=Grass Lake, MI: Eyry of the Eagle Publishing|id=ISBN 0-9615623-3-1
*Cite book | author=Hill, Eric J. and John Gallagher | title= AIA Detroit: The American Institute of Architects Guide to Detroit Architecture| year=2002 | publisher= Wayne State University Press | id=ISBN 0-8143-3120-3
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