Nissan today celebrated the dedication of Nissan Americas in Franklin, Tenn. The new center serves as regional headquarters for the United States, Canada and Mexico. Tennessee Gov. Phil Bredesen and U.S. Sen. Lamar Alexander joined Nissan President and CEO Carlos Ghosn for opening ceremonies. The day-long event included more than 1,500 employees and members of the community.

Nissan Americas is designed to encourage and inspire cross-functional collaboration within the region. The 10-story, S-shaped facility, designed with numerous environmental features, provides 460,000 square feet of office space. The construction of the new campus was done in partnership with architects Gresham, Smith and Partners, and construction firm Skanska U.S.A. Employees are moving into the building in phases during July and August.

“Nissan Americas is an investment in our future,” Ghosn said. “We purposefully designed the building to inspire and enhance collaboration among our employees. The building also is a statement about our confidence in the continued growth of Nissan in the Americas and our unyielding commitment to environmental sustainability.”

In May, Ghosn unveiled Nissan’s five-year business plan, GT 2012, including an outline of Nissan’s commitment to leadership in the design, development, manufacture and distribution of zero-emission vehicles. The company will launch electric vehicles in the U.S. and Japan in 2010 and in 2012 for mass-market commercial delivery.

At the dedication, Ghosn announced that Nissan and the State of Tennessee are forming a partnership to promote zero-emission vehicles in Middle Tennessee with participation from the Tennessee Valley Authority and other partners.

Today the company also announced three philanthropic donations to local organizations. Specifically, the company donated $50,000 each to the Boys and Girls Club of Williamson County, Second Harvest Food Bank of Middle Tennessee, and the Harpeth River Watershed Association.

Nissan Americas Campus
The need for inspiring, functional, efficient work spaces and a place to showcase Nissan and Infiniti vehicles guided the design and the construction of Nissan Americas.

Employees and visitors enter Nissan Americas through a three-story lobby featuring a glass wall, which allows light to illuminate the vehicles on display.

On the office floors, the open floor plan has been designed to accommodate and encourage cross-functional collaboration in a setting flooded with natural light and surrounded by views through the glass walls. Other prominent features on each floor are the “town center” housing support functions such as copiers and mailboxes, dozens of meeting places, and alternating staircases and atria, which encourage employee interaction.

The facility also includes a cafeteria and coffee shop, a Nissan and Infiniti merchandise store, video conferencing centers and advanced-technology conference rooms whose features will help employees significantly reduce paper use. The 50-acre campus includes a newly restored 2.5-acre wetlands, a 10,000 square-foot fitness facility, a 4-story parking deck, a natural outdoor space for large gatherings, and ample green space, which connects the campus to the surrounding rolling hills.