Liberty Mutual Insurance Chairman and CEO David H. Long officially opened the company’s one million-square-foot office complex yesterday in Plano with a ribbon-cutting ceremony attended by Gov. Greg Abbott and Mayor Harry LaRosiliere. A donation for a playground was announced during the ceremony and the company gave money to North Texas Food Bank.
The 19-story campus will offer employee amenities such as an on-site medical center with physical therapy services, full-service cafeteria, gourmet coffee bar, two large conference centers, two rooftop gardens, and over 4,500 covered parking spaces, a press release stated. The campus will be home to nearly 5,000 employees who are scheduled to start moving in January.
Long stated the donation of funding for a universally-accessible playground to be built on a 2-acre plot of land in Windhaven Meadows Park in Plano. The playground named Liberty Park is the second universally-accessible facility funded by Liberty Mutual, and it will bring to Plano the same inclusive design elements that are in the recently built Boston playground. The space will have more than 20,000 square feet of dedicated accessible play areas with dozens of pieces of play equipment, including 1,800 square feet of water play features, more than 50 new shade trees, synthetic turf and café tables.
“We are excited to open the doors of our newest office today here in Legacy West,” Long stated. “This ceremony marks the culmination of two years of hard work and collaboration on the part of many people. I want to personally thank Gov. Abbott, Mayor LaRosiliere and their teams for helping make this project a success. We look forward to our Plano campus helping us grow our business globally and strengthen both our philanthropic ties and the depth and quality of our talent.”
In lieu of the typical ceremony commemoration gift for each of the 200 guests, Liberty Mutual donated the cost of each gift multiplied by the number of guests to Dallas-based NTFB. The donation will help NTFB deliver 12,000 nutritious meals this holiday season and is in addition to the $2 million in grants Liberty has donated in the local Dallas and Plano area in the past two years.
NTFB plans a distribution center in Plano. North Texas Food Bank’s distribution center in Plano
“Liberty Mutual’s ribbon-cutting ceremony has long been anticipated. The entire city is thrilled to have a Fortune 100 company join our community and add 5,000 new jobs,” LaRosiliere stated. “We welcome our new community-minded partner to Plano. Through expression of their corporate values, they have already made a significant difference in the lives of our citizens.”