BAE Opens Michigan Military Vehicle Campus

BAE Systems opened its Sterling Heights, Mich.-based campus Thursday for engineering, program management and prototyping projects.

The company said the it constructed the $58 million campus to include an office and prototype facility and the ability to house nearly 600 program managers, engineers and support staff.

Frank Pope, president of BAE’s land and armaments business, said the company placed resources in Sterling Heights so it could be close to customers there and because the area has a diverse pool of auto industry suppliers.

Campus construction began in 2009 and the prototype facility has been operational since August 2010.

The campus will support the engineering, development and program management functions for the company’s ground combat and joint light tactical vehicles.

The building meets the Gold Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design certification and includes measures to recycle building materials, increase water effiency, reduce thermal loads and reduce water consumption.

BAE said the facility is partnered with DeSantis Trucking Inc. in order to streamline the facilities’ recycling programs, which allows the site to be landfill free.

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