Kia Motors’ U.S. Corporate Campus Honored with “Good Design is Good Business Award” by Architectural Record

Posted on 30. Apr, 2012 by in Kia Canada


Custom-Built Facilities for a Fastest-Growing Auto Brand in a U.S. Recognized for Contribution to Quality-of-Life, Community Outreach and Sustainability

  • Kia is one of 8 companies to accept a 2012 “Good Design is Good Business Award” celebrating pattern as a automobile to raise a company’s bottom line

  • The 21.7 hactare Kia corporate campus a $130-million investment was designed by Skidmore, Owings Merrill LLP, a initial organisation to accept Architectural Record’s Good Design is Good Business Lifetime Achievement Award
  • IRVINE, Calif., Apr 30, 2012 – Kia Motors America (KMA), a fastest-growing automobile association in a United States1, celebrates another prestigious architectural accolade, as a KMA Corporate Headquarters and state-of-the-art Kia Design Center America (KDCA) in Irvine, California have been respected with a “Good Design is Good Business Award” by Architectural Record. In a 15th year, a endowment celebrates pattern as a automobile to raise a company’s bottom line and a architect/client collaborations obliged for them that prioritize peculiarity of life, village overdo and sustainability to grasp their goals. Judging parameters enclosed sustainability, work environment, worker recruitment, retention, opening and productivity, branding, culture, expansion of new work tools, and space for amenities like practice facilities. As partial of a honor, Kia’s corporate campus will be featured in a May emanate of Architectural Record.


    Kia Racing seeks third-straight lectern finish and points lead during a Kia 200 during Homestead-Miami Speedway.–>

    Representing a sum investment of $130 million, a 21.7 hactare campus was designed by Skidmore, Owings Merrill LLP. The 239,000-square-foot complicated potion and steel categorical structure facilities dual executive bureau and investigate buildings connected by an expanded entrance and automobile arrangement area surfaced by executive offices. Other common spaces are orderly around a light-filled open space that links a entrance to a 36,000 square-foot reflecting pool and views to a hills beyond. The state-of-the-art, 100,700-square-foot U.S. pattern core facilities a lonesome entrance and endless pattern and displaying studios, workshops and display rooms. Both buildings are integrated with landscaping and parking areas to emanate a cohesive campus prominently manifest to drivers on a adjacent Interstate 5.

    KMA was one of a initial companies in Irvine to willingly implement an eco-friendly bioswale complement in a parking lot to mislay sediment and wickedness from aspect H2O runoff. The landscaping facilities drought-resistant plants, and reclaimed H2O is used for landscaping irrigation and toilets. SOM supposing full-service pattern and interior design. The group also enclosed Nabih Youssef, constructional engineers; MEP engineers; Tom Leader, Landscape architect, and PBQA, lighting designers. The skill is managed by RiverRock Real Estate Group, Inc.

    “As a fastest flourishing automotive code in a U.S. Kia is committed to providing cutting-edge vehicles with world-class design, and a Corporate Headquarters and Design Center simulate that same philosophy,” pronounced John Yoon, clamp boss of tellurian resources/administration and ubiquitous counsel, KMA. “The corporate campus symbolizes origination by heading architectural design, as good as Kia’s ongoing joining to a U.S. market, that has led to a record-breaking sales and marketplace share increases.”

    The campus also facilities a state-of-the-art examination trickery with a latest apparatus and with practice classes offering to employees during a day, as good as an on-site cafeteria and lunchroom. The Multi-purpose room found in a run area also is accessible to village groups as a assembly or eventuality duty space when not in use by KMA.

    KMA and KDCA formerly were famous with “The Outstanding Building of a Year” (TOBY) endowment for corporate trickery from a Orange County section of a Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA), an Award of Excellence from a American Institute of Architects’ Orange County section (AIAOC), and also famous on a 2009 International Architecture Awards List, presented by a Chicago Athenaeum Museum of Architecture and Design and Metropolitan Arts Press Ltd.

    Exemplifying “Good Design is Good Business,” Kia’s U.S. sales are adult 31.8 percent year-to-date, while Mar noted a brand’s 19th true monthly sales record with 80 percent of sales in March, including vehicles that grasp some-more than 30 highway miles per gallon2.

    “Kia Motors’ U.S. corporate campus proves that thoughtful, receptive pattern can be a absolute engine for business expansion and talent retention,” pronounced Brian Lee, Design Partner, SOM. “The plan exemplifies SOM’s joining to yield a clients with high-performance pattern that adds value to their code and expresses their corporate identity.”

    Architecture and pattern has turn a tip priority for leaders of business and attention looking to rebrand, boost productivity, and attract customers. The Architectural Record Good Design is Good Business (GDGB) Awards module honors a architects and clients who best implement pattern to grasp such vital objectives. For some-more information, visit: Architectural Record.

    Kia’s Unprecedented Growth
    Kia Motors is one of a world’s fastest relocating tellurian automotive brands; from 2009-2011 Kia launched some-more new vehicles in a U.S. than any other automaker, and underneath a superintendence of arch pattern officer Peter Schreyer warranted a repute as an attention personality in automotive styling. Kia Motors America’s full line of fuel-efficient and fun-to-drive cars and CUVs has warranted vicious commend and dramatically increasing consumer awareness, notice and care for a brand. In 2011, KMA accessible a 17th uninterrupted year of marketplace share growth, interjection in partial to a largest boost of any vital code in viewed quality3 and a industry’s top code faithfulness ranking4. Kia’s U.S.-based production trickery in West Point, Georgia KMMG is obliged for a origination of some-more than 10,000 plant and retailer jobs and builds a company’s dual best-selling vehicles in a U.S. a Sorento CUV and Optima midsize sedan5. Kia’s value-and technology-laden 2012 indication year lineup also includes a Sportage compress CUV, Soul civic newcomer vehicle, Optima Hybrid, Forte compress sedan, Forte 5-door compress hatchback, Forte Koup two-door coupe, all-new Rio and Rio 5-door sub-compacts and Sedona minivan.

    About Kia Motors America
    Kia Motors America is a selling and placement arm of Kia Motors Corporation formed in Seoul, South Korea. KMA offers a finish line of vehicles by some-more than 755 dealers via a United States and serves as a “Official Automotive Partner” of a NBA and LPGA. In 2011, KMA accessible a best-ever annual sales sum and became one of a fastest flourishing automobile companies in a U.S. Kia is staid to continue a movement and will continue to build a code by pattern innovation, quality, value, modernized reserve facilities and new technologies.

    Information about Kia Motors America and a full automobile choice is accessible during a website For media information, including photography, revisit

    About SOM
    Skidmore, Owings Merrill LLP (SOM) is one of a heading architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban-planning firms in a world, with a 75-year repute for pattern value and a portfolio that includes some of a many critical architectural accomplishments of a 20th and 21st centuries. Since a inception, SOM has been a personality in a investigate and expansion of specialized technologies, new processes and innovative ideas, many of that have had a tangible and durability impact on a pattern contention and a earthy environment. The firm’s longstanding care in pattern and building record has been respected with some-more than 1,500 awards for quality, innovation, and management. The American Institute of Architects has famous SOM twice with a top honor, a Architecture Firm Awardin 1962 and again in 1996. The organisation maintains offices in New York, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, Washington, D.C., London, Hong Kong, Shanghai, Mumbai and Abu Dhabi.

    1 Based on 5-year accumulative expansion between 12-month sell sales for durations finale Mar 2007 and Mar 2012 of all U.S. automotive brands.
    2 EPA Estimated. Actual mileage will change with options, pushing conditions, pushing habits, and your vehicle’s condition.
    3 Source: Automotive Lease Guide Spring 2011 Perceived Quality Study
    4 Source: Experian Automotive Q2 2011 marketplace analysis
    5 The Optima GDI (EX Trims and certain LX Trims only) and GDI Turbo are fabricated in a United States from U.S. and globally sourced parts.

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