SANDY SPRINGS, GA — Local and state leaders, business officials and stakeholders gathered in Sandy Springs Thursday to celebrate the grand opening of Mercedes-Benz USA’s new headquarters. On hand for the event were, of course, Sandy Springs Mayor Rusty Paul and other elected officials, Gov. Nathan Deal, Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Mercedes-Benz USA President and CEO Dietmar Exler and other company officials.
The 200,000 square-foot building its on 12 acres near Ga. 400 at the intersection of Mercedes-Benz Drive and Abernathy Road, the former home of Glenridge Hall. As readers recall, the house was demolished to accommodate the development.
Mercedes-Benz’s headquarters is made entirely of glass that is supported by a steel structure. Glass, which runs the full length of the building, was chosen as the exterior material “because of the sleek, modern aesthetic and transparency enabling employees to enjoy natural daylight anywhere in the building,” Mercedes-Benz said.
The new offices were constructed around the way employees utilize the space. As an environment oriented around encouraging interaction and creativity, the workplace has a 1:1 ratio of collaborative seating and individual workstations.
“All the stars are aligned. Our new Atlanta headquarters marks a high point for Mercedes-Benz in the U.S. market,” Exler said. “Not just in terms of being the leading luxury brand in the U.S. for the past two years, but also in terms of this building which is designed from the inside out to enable a creative, innovative and empowered workforce more representative of a startup than a conventional corporation.”
The building itself is divided into North and South Work Bars that are joined by a spacious indoor atrium, which is the heart of the building. On the second and third floor, the Work Bars are joined by corridors called bridges (For more news like this, find your local Patch here. If you have an iPhone, click here to get the free Patch iPhone app; download the free Patch Android app here).
The building also includes a conference center, a coffee bar with its own barista, a restaurant-quality café that emphasizes locally sourced ingredients, a 5,000-square-foot fitness center with trainers, an on-site child care facility with four classrooms and an outdoor playground and a furnished roof deck for outdoor collaboration space.
It also incorporates environmentally-friendly features such as water reduction using drip irrigation and energy efficient mechanical systems to target LEED Silver Certification. To align with its commitment to sustainability, MBUSA is implementing several alternative transportation initiatives, including flex scheduling to reduce the traffic impact, a dedicated MARTA shuttle for employees, bike racks, as well as electric vehicle charging stations.
Before the company relocated to the Perimeter area, the city and the state began rolling out the red carpet to make the transition as smooth as possible. The city of Sandy Springs renamed Barfield Road in front of the headquarters to Mercedes-Benz Drive. Council members also approved a $1 million incentive package to aid in the relocation and reimbursed the company $1.02 million for making certain infrastructure improvements in the area where the development is located. The state also used millions to lure the company from New Jersey to the Peach State, The Atlanta Journal Constitution previously reported.
Construction of the new headquarters took 425,000 man hours and more than 1,000 workers. The building consists of 14,000 cubic yards of concrete, 1,500 tons of steel and 1.6 acres of glass. More than 780 trees have been planted, and a nature trail encircles the building to provide an outdoor campus feel.
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“What a beautiful building this is,” Gov. Deal said. “It’s hard to top the seal of approval from the world to have Mercedes-Benz choose Georgia as its headquarters. Your service projects in the community have made you great neighbors, and we appreciate the Southern hospitality.”
Aside from its impact on the economy of Atlanta and the state of Georgia, the company has made itself well known in the community for its efforts to educate and empower the next generation. MBUSA is involved with more than 50 organizations in its effort to address local needs in the community, including Atlanta’s Westside, the fast-developing area surrounding the Mercedes-Benz Stadium.
“It’s an exciting day for us,” Mayor Paul said. “You’ve been great partners to our community already.”
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