Mazda North American Operations (MNAO) will relocate head office in February, 2017, remaining in Irvine, California, just south of Los Angeles, but moving to a new facility at 200 Spectrum Center Drive, as a result of a 10-year lease announced today.

"The people who work for Mazda must also feel that their workspace is as good as the cars we build," said Masahiro Moro, president and CEO, MNAO. "Continued improvement of the work environment will lead to a better experience for our customers, and that is our ultimate goal."

Mazda will occupy five floors of the 21-floor building, totaling 102,000 sq ft, with exclusive naming rights on the top of the building. Additionally, Mazda will occupy half of the lobby, with vehicle displays allowing for a premium first impression. The new building will allow for a mobile, flexible and technologically advanced work environment for its employees.

Officially the tallest building in Orange County, the 21-storey vertical campus, owned by Irvine Company, was designed by architect Pei Cobb Freed & Partners, encompassing a total of 426,000 sq ft.  It features sleek, modern architecture with unobscured 360-degree views. Every floor has 10-foot floor-to-ceiling glass allowing abundant natural light, unobstructed views of the outside, and an efficient floor plan for maximum flexibility and growth.

Mazda moved into its current location at 7755 Irvine Center Drive in October 1987. The current building was constructed specifically for the automaker in the then-developing city of Irvine and the five-storey building would end up being the first high rise development in the city. Mazda relocated from Compton where it first established its North American headquarters in 1970.