Chrysler Corporation

Trenton, Michigan

Phoenix Engine Plant and Office


  • Chrysler’s 830,000 sf Trenton Engine Plant reflects the manufacturer’s commitment to being a technology leader and providing a progressive work environment.
  • The “Main Street” entry, with its extensive use of natural light and cheerful colors, leads directly to the manufacturing area.
  • Flexible, column free open office and employee dining areas are positioned at opposite ends of the structure and provide a view of lush, landscaped outdoor spaces.
  • Exposed construction is utilized throughout the building to create an attractive and functional space where employees can learn and work productively.
  • Creative use of building materials and technology help provide an enhanced dining and break-time experience.
  • Clean, high-bay spaces, with energy efficient lighting, offer greater production flexibility and improved employee comfort.
  • Production area, offices and conference rooms feature lots of natural lighting and exposed construction to achieve an enriched work environment.
  • Primary in the consideration and selection of building materials was an emphasis on low maintenance, long life (durability), construction time, and manufacturing process flexibility.
  • The Sheer complexity of the project, given its size, elaborate industrial processes, and heavy energy requirements, gave designers lots to consider in achieving sustainability objectives.