Valeo is an international automotive components manufacturer and a partner to major car and truck producers worldwide. In 1994 it began a major expansion program that consolidated its multiple administrative, design, testing, and research facilities located in the Detroit metropolitan area. The building is located in an industrial corporate office development in suburban Detroit. Its semi-transparent exterior reflects the surrounding natural landscape, enabling the modern facility to connect with its environment, while also creating a prominent presence for Valeo within this industrial complex. A glass façade overlooks the public street and displays a high-bay open lab testing area containing custom manufactured equipment to the public. Aluminum sunshades, which protect the clear glass enclosure of the testing lab from the southern sun, provide views of the testing equipment. The use of clear glass exhibits the complex yet efficient production and research processes to the public.