Honored as the D CEO 2019 Best New Office Deal, Mercedes-Benz Financial Services engaged BOKA Powell, developer Hillwood, real estate broker and project manager JLL, and interior designer SmithGroup to complete the 200,000 SF office relocation for Mercedes at Alliance. LEARN MORE>
D CEO MAGAZINE: The Winners of D CEO’s 2019 Commercial Real Estate Awards
By BRANDON CALL, JEREMIAH JENSEN, and CHRISTINE PEREZ
When it opens this spring, Mercedes Benz-Financial Services’ new 200,000-square-foot build-to-suit will sit at the southern edge of AllianceTexas, Hillwood’s massive mixed-use development in North Fort Worth. Knowing that the project would serve as a visual gateway to Alliance, Hillwood was intent on making it a gem to behold. “It’s a site that we held off developing for quite a while because we were waiting for the right user, and Mercedes-Benz is the right user,” says Steve Aldrich, senior vice president at Hillwood.
Great care was taken to knit the campus into the surrounding landscape, ensuring that no parking or roads would come between the building and a nearby water feature, and incorporating glass to maximize the views and natural light. “The goal was to send the message to our employees that they work for a company that cares about them—that is committed to offering a working environment where they can thrive,” says Chris Kaefer, vice president of credit operations for Mercedes-Benz Financial Services. “To us, the new building provides an opportunity to show our employees how much we value them.”