Subaru's move to Camden officially began today with the groundbreaking of its $118 million corporate headquarters. The new 250,000-square-foot facility will sit adjacent to the Campbell Soup Company's world headquarters and be the first in Knights Crossing, an urban town center developed by Brandywine Realty Trust. Subaru's future home will bring 600 employees from its four sites in Cherry Hill onto one campus.
Yet despite the groundbreaking's fanfare, which featured a display of historic Subaru vehicles, the design of Subaru's new campus has not come without its critiques. Philadelphia Inquirer's Inga Saffron, for example, once called it "a lonely island in an asphalt sea containing 1,031 parking spaces" and an "inaccessible, climate-killing suburban office park." And looking at the recently released rendering of the campus, not much has changed.
Construction of the campus is scheduled to be completed in 2017.