Toyota Industrial Equipmentannounced a construction project to add a new building to its North American Columbus, Ind., corporate headquarters. The 2-story facility, temporarily named the Toyota Active Life Center, will provide an easily accessible physical fitness center for associates and their families to enjoy at no cost.

The Toyota Active Life Center will include an exercise room, indoor track, two indoor courts for basketball, volleyball and a variety of other sports and a recreation room. The building will have all of the amenities of a modern fitness center, including a yoga room, free weights, treadmills and other fitness equipment. The new facility will also include a medical center to provide primary healthcare, wellness coaching, physical therapy and a full-line pharmacy at no cost to associates and their families.

“Sports are a big part of many people’s lives,” says Brett Wood, president and CEO. “Team sports teach strong work ethics, leadership skills, perseverance and social skills, which translates to all aspects of life. We hope the new facility will help improve the quality of life of our associates and their families, and demonstrate our commitment to our No. 1 asset – our Toyota team.”

The 35,000-square-foot building is the latest addition to the Toyota campus, which totals more than 1.1 million square feet of manufacturing, support and office space. Toyota broke ground on the new facility this week.

“Our goal is to build a culture centered on healthy lifestyles,” says Tony Miller, senior vice president of Toyota Industrial Equipment Manufacturing (TIEM), Irvine, Calif.“We want to build a wellness and fitness center to help keep our associates and their families happy, healthy and fit and also benefit our community.”

Last year, Toyota announced a new $16 million expansion and building renovation, which is currently underway. The expansion includes a 2-story office building, a new cafeteria, a new storm shelter and locker rooms. Construction will be complete in July.