General Motors Technical Center

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General Motors Technical Center
A wide rectilinear six-story blue-and-white building with the American, Canadian and Mexican flags flying in front, seen from a nearby roadway, under a cloudy sky
Main building in 2011
General Motors Technical Center is located in Michigan
General Motors Technical Center
Location Bounded by 12 Mile, Mound and Chicago Rds, and Van Dyke Ave., Warren, Michigan
Coordinates 42°30′48″N 83°2′16″W / 42.51333°N 83.03778°W / 42.51333; -83.03778Coordinates: 42°30′48″N 83°2′16″W / 42.51333°N 83.03778°W / 42.51333; -83.03778
Area 600 acres (240 ha)
Built 1949
Architect Eero Saarinen; Thomas Dolliver Church
Architectural style International Style
Governing body Private
NRHP Reference # 00000224[1]
Significant dates
Added to NRHP March 27, 2000
Designated NHL August 25, 2014

The GM Technical Center is a General Motors facility in Warren, Michigan. The campus is home to 19,000 GM engineers, designers, and technicians and has been the center of the company's engineering effort since its inauguration in 1956. In 2000 it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places; fourteen years later it was designated a National Historic Landmark.[2]

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. Eisenhower on May 16, 1956. The facility cost the company approximately US$100 million at the time. The American Institute of Architects honored it in 1986 as the most outstanding architectural project of its era.

The Tech Center includes 330 acres (1.3 km2) with 11 miles (18 km) of roads and 1.1 miles (1.8 km) of tunnels. It includes 25 main buildings and numerous additional structures including a water tower and 22-acre (89,000 m2) lake.

People affiliated with the site include Larry Burns, vice president of R&D and strategic planning, and Alan Taub, executive director of R&D.

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  1. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2009-03-13. 
  2. ^ Mike Litterst (September 30, 2014). "Secretary Jewell, Director Jarvis Announce Nine New National Historic Landmarks Highlighting America's Diverse History and Culture" (Press release). Washington. U.S. Department of the Interior. 

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