Global technology and services supplier Bosch, which has its North American headquarters in Farmington Hills, today announced it will locate its Palo Alto-based Research and Technology Center to a new 104,000-square-foot, single-tenant office in Sunnyvale, Calif. by the end of 2017. The move consolidates associates from three suites in Palo Alto into one work space.
The Sunnyvale office represents a $40 million commitment over a 10-year lease, and will relocate more than 300 employees currently working in Palo Alto. The new location will house team members from Bosch Corporate Research, Robert Bosch Venture Capital, and other divisions.
“The move to Sunnyvale is reflective of Bosch’s ongoing commitment to innovation and continuous improvement,” says Mike Mansuetti, president of Bosch. “Not only is the new location larger and better suited for collaboration, it will also better position our associates to interact with the large, vibrant ecosystem of universities, research institutes, technology companies, and startups that are key to our success in Silicon Valley.”
The new space is a four-floor, single-tenant building, and consists of research laboratories, workshops, garage space, meeting rooms, and administrative workspace. The space will be designed following the company’s philosophy of inspiring working conditions, which incorporates technology with wellness spaces, outdoor seating, gathering areas, game rooms, music rooms, and co-working and creative spaces.
Bosch established its presence in Silicon Valley nearly 20 years ago. The Bosch Research and Technology Center in Palo Alto was founded in 1999 with three associates. Today, more than 100 corporate researchers conduct R&D in key growth areas for the company, including artificial intelligence, data mining, automated driving systems, robotics, advanced circuits, and sensors as well as battery technology.