Systems integration: Automotive research center

Ralph Eugen Hammann

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


The German automobile systems manufacturer BROSE Inc., is currently in the process of designing its new research, development and headquarter facility in Auburn Hills, Michigan. The programmatic requirements of this two-story facility include 7,000 m 2 test facilities, prototype shops and educational/recreational space. The building is designed to be a load-bearing, cast-in-place concrete structure with imbedded hydronic radiant cooling and heating piping. The exterior envelope system will utilize high performance glazing elements, motorized and controlled textile-shading screens on all facades except North, and interior glare protection. These measures ensure an optimal working environment for CAD and administrative workstations. The highly technical systems of this energy-efficient building are not only fully integrated into the architecture of the building, but also into the so-called "BROSE Working World", a company-own philosophy of desk-sharing, integrated employee coffee and communication break "islands" and advanced training facilities. The author of this paper is the LEED™ accredited design architect of this new facility and responsible for Programming, Schematic Design and Design Development. The project is a registered LEED™ building design.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationBuilding Integration Solutions
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the Architectural Engineering 2003 Conference
EditorsM. Lui, M. Lui, K.M. Parfitt
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 2003
Externally publishedYes
EventBuilding Integration Solutions: Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering 2003 Conference - Austin, TX, United States
Duration: Sep 17 2003Sep 20 2003


OtherBuilding Integration Solutions: Proceedings of the Architectural Engineering 2003 Conference
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityAustin, TX

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Architecture


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