Honda R&D Americas Inc. recently relocated its outboard engine research centre from a leased facility in Sebastian, FL to a new 11,000 square-foot facility in Grant-Valkaria, FL.
The new research and development centre, which is located on more than two acres, borders the Intracoastal Waterway where Honda has direct access to the water for testing its lineup of four-stroke outboard engines ranging from two to 225 horsepower. Approximately a dozen employees, who formerly worked from the Sebastian location, will relocate to the new centre. Honda has maintained a research facility in Florida since 2003, where it's in close proximity to boatbuilding OEMs.
The new facility features numerous environmentally friendly features that potentially qualify it to receive a Gold Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC) for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). For instance, five percent of the new location's site has been set aside as a permanent conservation area for the preservation of local wetlands. The facility is also said to have energy-efficient lighting, low-flow facets, paint, carpet and adhesives with less volatile compounds, and non-chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) refrigerants.