Bell Helicopter has broken ground on its new global headquarters in the US, which is part of a $1bn project to rebuild the company’s Fort Worth campus and consolidate most of its North Texas operations.
The new 230,000ft² building will be constructed at the northeast corner of Bell’s complex off Highway 10 in east Fort Worth.
The new building will incorporate environmental friendly measures which are designed to reduce 20% of the company’s waste and energy use by 2015.
Bell, a subsidiary of Textron, is planning to invest $230m in new and upgraded facilities as part of a comprehensive revitalisation effort which is designed to consolidate over 1.2 million ft² of space.
The company said that its renovations and new construction follow the practices of the green building programme LEED.
Bell’s employee centre will use natural lighting to save energy and efficient landscaping that requires 40% less water than traditional methods.
The new headquarters will house administration, support functions, programme offices, a customer centre and a training facility.
The company’s training facility, currently situated at Fort Worth Alliance Airport, will move to the new global headquarters.
Tarrant County Judge Glen Whitley said, "The revitalisation of Northeast Tarrant County, Fort Worth, and the mid-cities is absolutely essential and they [Bell Helicopter] are playing a key role in transforming this region."
Turner Construction is serving as the general contractor on the project while Merriman and Associates is the architect. The building is expected to be complete in March 2014.
Upon completion, the project is anticipated to save $19m per year in operation costs.
Image: The new building is designed to reduce 20% of Bell’s waste and energy use by 2015. Photo: Bell Helicopter.