By CBSLA Staff

PASADENA (CBSLA) — General Motors plans to spend $71 million on building a new, 149,000-square-foot campus in Pasadena, the automotive company announced Tuesday.

(credit: GM)

GM’s Advanced Design Center is relocating from its existing facility in North Hollywood, to the bigger, 8-acre campus for expanded technology teams that will work on design and innovation in the areas of advanced technology, software integration, and future mobility issues, the company said. The new facility is scheduled to be completed in the second half of 2022.

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“Having a physical presence in Southern California’s technology epicenter is an integral part of our global design operations and this new innovation campus will not only expand our operations twofold, but offers access to the rich cultural diversity and talent in the region,” Michael Simcoe, GM vice president of global design, said in a statement.

Pasadena is ecstatic to welcome GM’s new campus, city spokeswoman Lisa Derderian said.

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“Pasadena is central to Southern California’s impressive design and engineering talent pool, so we are very enthusiastic about General Motor’s decision to locate their Advanced Design Center here,” she said in a statement. “Pasadena’s Art Center College of Design continues to produce top tier transportation designers. With the new location, GM will be in immediate proximity to both Art Center, Caltech and other top technology-based and design firms.”

The Pasadena campus will be part of GM Design’s broader global expansion, which includes a Design West facility under construction at the Global Technical Center in Michigan and the expansion of the Advanced Design Center in Shanghai, China.

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Previous GM Design facilities were located in Newbury Park and the current North Hollywood Studio, which celebrated its 20th anniversary last year.