The multi-story, open-atrium-design Technodome, to be built on a 17-acre site in Daejeon's Daeduk Innopolis designated research and development district, will become an “incubator for innovative new technologies,” Mr. Suh added.
The new structure, which is being designed to meet Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Level certification, will house 90 separate laboratories that will enable a wide range of R&D activities to be carried out simultaneously, Hankook said.
Organized by the U.S. Green Building Council, the LEED program recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices. In order to earn Gold, building projects must satisfy a number of prerequisites and earn enough points to surpass lower levels of certification.
Among the facility's eco-friendly features are the use of natural ventilation and lighting, as well as resource recycling facilities and natural shades that reduce the dependency on the building's cooling system.
Parallel to building an R&D infrastructure, the company said it will invest in retaining and attracting the best engineers and researchers in the field. Hankook has about 700 researchers at its existing R&D center in Korea.
The building's design also will enhance Hankook's “Proactive Culture” approach, the company said. The main research building will consist of 10 separate offices, but all of them will be under one roof, signifying the importance of unity within the company.
The Technodome also will incorporate a healthcare center, a fitness center and a multimedia room to promote employee welfare and a healthy work-life balance.