Hyundai Motor America's New Headquarters Is One Step Closer To Completion
As Exterior Glass Curtain Wall Goes Up, Project Continues to Bring Jobs,
Economic Stimulus to Orange County
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 18, 2013
COSTA MESA, Calif., April 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Hyundai Motor
Americaapproached another milestone today on its way to completing a new $200
million U.S. corporate headquarters, as final perimeter panels of exterior
glass were undergoing installation on the project's main office tower.
Currently under construction in Fountain Valley, California, the new
headquarters project represents the largest investment in an office building
ever made in the U.S. by Hyundai Motor Company.
"This milestone brings us one step closer to realizing our vision for the
future," said Hyundai Motor America CEO John Krafcik. "Our new national
headquarters will be an expressively visual representation of Hyundai's
innovation and creativity."
Designed by global architectural firm Gensler, the building is sleek and
modern, yet classic in its design, with translucent glass office floors
floating over a precast concrete base. All exterior perimeter glass panels are
now in place, except where temporary construction elevators are needed on the
building's west side. The general contractor for the project is Hyundai Amco
The high-performance exterior glass curtain wall system is comprised of 900
panels and challenges conventional wisdom. Rather than using ordinary
reflective glass, Hyundai is using custom-designed large insulated glass (IGU)
5' x 10' panels that are specially glazed to provide optimal energy
efficiency, as well as exceptional visual clarity from both inside and outside
Each curtain wall glass panel is comprised of a series of glass layers,
performance coatings and a ceramic composition "frit," all of which have been
calibrated to provide significant solar, light and acoustic benefits. White
frit "speed lines" on the glass reduce heat by providing solar shading. Along
with low-iron, clear glass substrates in the panels, this provides building
occupants with a clear view and maximizes daylight penetration.
The glass curtain wall's energy-efficient design is part Hyundai's broader
goal to achieve gold-level LEED-certification for its new headquarters.
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is an internationally
recognized green building certification process assessing the sustainability
of a building's design, construction and operations.
The new building will be approximately 500,000 gross sq. ft., including a
six-story tower connected to a one-story, technical services facility. A
free-standing parking structure will also be part of the campus. In addition
to the glass panel exterior, another key focal point of the building will be
its impressive two-story high entrance, which leads to an open-to-the sky
public courtyard in the building's center. A two-story lobby will feature
Hyundai vehicles and be visible from the 405 Freeway side of the new
Construction of the new building is expected to be completed by the end of
2013. An initial study of the project by the Los Angeles Economic Development
Corporation projected that demolition and construction involved with the new
headquarters project would generate 1,530 direct and indirect jobs, and
millions of dollars in related economic activity.
ABOUT HYUNDAI MOTOR AMERICA
Hyundai Motor America, headquartered in Costa Mesa, Calif., is a subsidiary of
Hyundai Motor Co. of Korea. Hyundai vehicles are distributed throughout the
United States by Hyundai Motor America and are sold and serviced through more
than 820 dealerships nationwide. All Hyundai vehicles sold in the U.S. are
covered by the Hyundai Assurance program, which includes the
5-year/60,000-mile fully transferable new vehicle limited warranty, Hyundai's
10-year/100,000-mile powertrain limited warranty, and five years of
complimentary Roadside Assistance. On May 16, 2013, Hyundai Assurance will be
expanded to include Assurance Connected Care. Assurance Connected Care
provides Hyundai owners with proactive safety and car care services made
possible by the Hyundai Blue Link telematics platform standard for three
years. These services include Automatic Collision Notification, Enhanced
Roadside Assistance, Vehicle Diagnostic Alert, Monthly Vehicle Health Report
and in-vehicle service scheduling.
For more details on Hyundai Assurance, please visit www.HyundaiAssurance.com
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Gensler is a global design firm, with 43 offices and 3,500 employees
worldwide. Gensler helps clients succeed by focusing on the needs of the
people they serve, whether they are employees, customers, sports fans,
students, passengers or guests. Founded in 1965, Gensler has deep expertise in
design and architecture across 20 practices, including commercial office
buildings, professional services, retail, aviation, planning and urban design,
entertainment and hospitality, sports stadia and education facilities. The
firm also holds practices focusing on brand strategy, environmental graphic
design, mission-critical facilities, and has recently invested in consulting
for real estate workplace and sustainable design.
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