Mercedes USA HQ in Sandy Springs speeds toward March grand opening
11-13-2017 - Sandy Springs, GA - Dietmar Exler, 49, President and CEO of Mercedes-Benz USA, poses for a portrait after giving members of the press a tour of the future Mercedes-Benz USA headquarters in Sandy Springs, Georgia, on Monday, Nov. 13, 2017. The site, which is currently under construction, is expected to be finished late in the first quarter of 2018. (CASEY SYKES, CASEY.SYKES@AJC.COM)
On Monday at a hard hat tour for media, MBUSA CEO Dietmar Exler said construction is nearing the finish line, and the $93 million headquarters campus project will open in March on-time and under budget.
The Gensler-designed headquarters is open and airy in design and stresses shared workspace.
“This is less about me-space and more about we-space,” Exler said.
Skanska is the project construction manager and JLL is Mercedes’ broker and project manager.
Mercedes is one of the biggest names recruited to the Atlanta area in years. The company over time is expected to employ about 1,000 in Sandy Springs.
A number of employees from the company’s information technology unit, dealer support operations and 24-hour roadside assistance call center remain in New Jersey and are expected to relocate to Sandy Springs this summer. Those parts of the business are the most sensitive and the company wanted to keep disruptions to a minimum
“[They have] equipment you really don’t want to move twice,” Exler said of the units remaining in New Jersey.
Mercedes and the state announced the company’s relocation to Georgia from New Jersey in January 2015.
J. Scott Trubey is the economy and environment editor for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously served as a business reporter for the AJC covering banking, real estate and economic development. Trubey is also a former investigative reporter, with a specialty in banking, real estate and public corruption. He joined the AJC in 2010.