Midland-based Dow Chemical Co. plans to build a new headquarters on its Midland campus. The six-story building will include a visitor reception area and outdoor patio space and is set to open by the end of 2017.
“This development is part of a broad, ongoing company initiative to drive increased collaboration, growth, and innovation-aligned business practices,” says Rachelle Schikorra, spokeswoman for Dow. “The building will meet the needs of our Midland employee population and further demonstrates our strong ties to the Great Lakes Bay Region.”
The 150,000 square foot home for 600 employees and contractors will utilize Dow’s building materials along with recycled materials from the current headquarters, the 2020 Willard H. Dow Center, which will be demolished. The new building will be about half the size of the current headquarters.
The new headquarters will have an open work environment with flexible office space and meeting rooms, along with green roofs that will reduce storm water runoff and offer energy savings. About 20 percent of the building will be made from recycled materials, and more than 10,000 tons of concrete from the 2020 Dow Center will be used for various substructure elements and temporary roads.
The new facility will be developed by Troy-based Kirco, a development, construction, and property management firm. Texas-based Kirksey Architecture will act as the architect of record for the project. Construction is expected to begin within the next few months.
Dow Chemical Co. employs about 53,000 people worldwide and has more than 6,000 product families manufactured at more than 200 sites in 35 countries.