General Motors Plans Pasadena R&D Campus

Published 7-19-2021
  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena
  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena
  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena
  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena

    Courtesy of General Motors.

  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena

    Courtesy of General Motors.

  • General Motors - Advanced Design Center - Pasadena

    Courtesy of General Motors.

General Motors is planning to construct a $71 million R&D campus in Pasadena, Calif. Replacing an existing facility in North Hollywood, the 149,000-sf complex will provide GM's Advanced Design Center with multidisciplinary engineering labs for the discovery of new mobility solutions. The collaborative research center will provide the latest tools, equipment, and workspaces that have been tactically designed to foster synergy and ideation, including:

  • A highly efficient layout that mitigates disruptions and optimizes the efficiency of workshops for paint, metal, and plastic. 
  • An expansive footprint allowing for increased output of physical and virtual proof-of-concepts and show cars.
  • An innovation lab for the creation, implementation, and validation of new design tools.
  • Dedicated collaboration, research, and development space for internal and external partnerships.

Completion is expected in mid-2022. GM is also constructing the Design West facility at the Global Technical Center in Warren, Mich., as well as initiating an expansion of the Advanced Design Center in Shanghai, China.