magna mirrors

grand rapids, michigan

Client | magna mirrors of america, inc.


Magna Mirrors aimed to significantly boost its design and innovation capabilities in Grand Rapids by establishing a new research and development center along with accompanying office space. This strategic expansion was intended to accommodate the growing demand for their innovative automotive mirror technologies and enhance their overall capabilities. The new 103,000 square foot facility was envisioned to incorporate cutting-edge manufacturing processes, advanced automation, and modern office environments to support both administrative functions and R&D activities. By investing in this state-of-the-art plant, Magna Mirrors demonstrated its commitment to staying at the forefront of the industry, fostering job creation, and contributing to the economic vitality of the Grand Rapids area.


Magna Mirrors’ innovative approach addresses the client’s objectives by transforming the new R&D facility into a dynamic innovation hub, rather than just a traditional workspace. This facility in Grand Rapids, Michigan, exemplifies Magna’s forward-thinking strategy in the automotive industry. By seamlessly integrating modern design elements with functional necessities through a design-build approach, the project ensures optimal space and resource utilization.

Key features of the facility include:

  • Machine Shop: Equipped with advanced machining tools and technology, it facilitates precision manufacturing of automotive components, ensuring the highest quality standards.

  • Clean Room Lab: Designed to meet stringent cleanliness requirements, this lab provides an ideal environment for developing and testing sensitive automotive technologies, free from contaminants.

  • Environmental Testing Labs: These labs subject automotive components to rigorous environmental conditions, simulating real-world scenarios to assess performance and durability.

  • Garage: Offering ample space for prototyping and experimentation, the garage serves as a dynamic workspace for engineers and technicians to innovate and iterate on new concepts.

  • Loading Dock and Warehouse: These features ensure efficient movement of materials and equipment, maintaining an uninterrupted workflow.

The facility fosters a culture of collaboration and creativity with open-concept workspaces, brainstorming areas, and cutting-edge technology infrastructure. By creating an environment that inspires ingenuity and drives forward-thinking solutions, Magna Mirrors ensures that the investment will yield substantial long-term benefits, keeping the company at the forefront of automotive technology innovation.