Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans


Seven mostly glass buildings – some up to five stories tall – will dominate Toyota’s new $300-plus million North American headquarters in west Plano.


The automaker unveiled architectural renderings of the 2-million-square-foot facilities yesterday that showed buildings of varying heights in glass and Texas limestone arranged around a large central plaza.


Included on the environmentally sensitive campus will be dining, fitness and conference facilities — as well as a pharmacy.


As many as 5,000 employees will work at the facility west of the Dallas North Tollway and south of State Highway 121.


The 100-acre campus is scheduled to be completed in the first quarter of 2017.


Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Toyota Unveils Plano Campus Plans

Automaker Rocks the Block



Good food, live music, new friends — all the ingredients for a great neighborhood block party. That’s what’s happening today in Plano.


Toyota has pulled out all the stops to thank the community, civic leaders, business partners and nearby corporations for the warm welcome to The Lone Star State.


“We are thrilled to be here in Plano and look forward to a fantastic day of celebration with our new neighbors,” said Toyota Motor North America CEO Jim Lentz. “This is just the start of what I know will be a long-lasting friendship.”


The “Hello Texas” celebration features the food of 18 diverse community restaurants and residents will rock the day and night away with live concerts from some of Texas’ most recognizable music superstars.


Earlier this morning Mr. Lentz and Olympic gold medalist Nastia Liukin announced a $1 million contribution to the Plano ISD Academy High School. And, in an additional expression of gratitude to Plano, Toyota announced the donation of six Texas-built Tundra trucks to the city.


The free “Hello Texas” Block Party runs until 8 p.m. today at Bishop Park at Legacy Town Center. Among the musical guests on tap are headliner Jack Ingram, who plays at 6:30. Click here for the full schedule of events.


Welcome to the neighborhood Toyota!





Toyota Scouts North Texas


We hope you saw Terry Box’s recent story in The Dallas Morning News about Toyota’s arrival in North Texas. We always enjoy Terry’s writing and we just loved the fun map illustrating his story.


The map, which coins the term “Toyotaville” for the site of the automaker’s new North American headquarters in Plano, highlights some of North Texas’ most-prominent companies, including Toyota’s new neighbors at Legacy Business Park, Frito-Lay (dubbed “Potato Chip Place”) and J.C. Penney (“James Cash City”).


A few other North Texas businesses to make it onto the map include 7-Eleven (“Slurpee City”), Kimberly-Clark (“Diaper Downs”) and the Mark Cuban Cos. (“Sharktown”). But, of course, our favorite is “Ukuleleland” aka Ebby Halliday Realtors. In case you didn’t know, our beloved founder, Ebby Halliday, is well known for her penchant for playing “Happy Days are Here Again” and other fun songs on her ukulele.


As Terry’s story recounts, over the next 30 months, Toyota will pack up its North American headquarters in California and move to Plano. The relocation could involve up to 4,000 employees and their families. Hundreds of others who work at businesses associated with Toyota are also likely to be coming to North Texas soon.


The first organized visits to the area began last week, with 200 Toyota employees arriving to learn more about North Texas and check out neighborhoods and schools. Two waves of employees will arrive each weekend for the next 27 weeks.


Ebby Halliday Realtors is proud to extend a warm Texas welcome to Toyota, its employees, their loved ones and associated businesses. Welcome to the neighborhood. We’re glad you are here!


Map illustration: Dallas  Morning News Staff Artist Michael Hogue