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Deloitte will build employee training center in Westlake

Deloitte LLP said Monday it will build a $300 million training center on 107 acres in Westlake that will include 800 guest rooms for visiting employees.

Construction on the 750,000-square-foot campus will begin in 2009, and the center is expected to begin in 2011, Deloitte said.

"The facility will serve as a central destination for all of Deloitte's talent, including everyone from new hires to senior leadership to partners, principals, and directors," Deloitte said in a release.

Barry Salzberg, Deloitte's CEO, said the firm expects the center "to become the heart of our organization, the place where we meet, learn and develop our next generation of leaders."

The facility will include conference spaces and classrooms. Deloitte said it plans "leadership events," events with prominent professors, and networking programs.

The center will include "dining venues," a ballroom, business center, recreational facilities, and fitness center.

Deloitte said it will use environmentally-friendly "green" considerations in the design and construction.

The center has been in the works for some time. Here's a look at recent developments:

  • The Westlake Board of Aldermen agreed to road improvements aimed at persuading Deloitte to build the center. Hillwood Property, which owns the land, will be required to spend up to $1.5 million to improve the rural section of Dove Road, which runs along the site’s south side.
  • Hillwood also will build an access road to Ottinger Road from Texas 170 for an employee entrance; create a trail along the north side of Dove Road and bury electrical lines along Dove Road. The town will also make improvements to Dove Road west of Precinct Line Road.
  • Hillwood needs a zoning change that allows for commercial construction. The land is in Hillwood’s Circle T development and is roughly bounded by Ottinger, Dove and Precinct Line roads, and Texas 114.
  • Deloitte was also said to also be considering Chicago and Ann Arbor, Mich. for the training center.
  • Mai Browne, a Deloitte spokeswoman, said in mid-June that the company would not comment on the project until a deal was done, but that Westlake’s vote was an "important step."

    This report contains material from Star-Telegram staff writer Sandra Baker's reporting in June.

    Scott Nishimura, (817) 390-7808