At Nike World Headquarters, near Beaverton, Oregon, the company notes that ‘breakthrough product is designed and developed for the world’s best athletes.’ This stems from a constant drive to imagine, invent and deliver the future of sport — ‘a mission facilitated by workspaces that support rapid iteration and creation through collaboration.’
Nike continues, pointing out that it scales its innovation to all athletes; and, in the spirit of accelerating this process, Nike has unveiled the design for expansion of its global HQ.
“Every day at Nike we dream up new ways to inspire athletes to expand their potential,” said Mark Parker, President and CEO at NIKE. “To do that, we relentlessly evolve how we inspire our own teams and design environments that foster chemistry and collaboration. Our expanding World Headquarters reflects the best of Nike’s culture — a place where we obsess the athlete and invent future products and experiences for consumers everywhere.”
The expansion — with a targeted 2018 completion date — adds approximately 3.2 million square feet of office, mixed-use and parking facilities to the campus. A trio of northwest US-based firms: ZGF Architects, SRG Partnership and Skylab Architecture will guide design, while Place Studio, of Portland, will provide landscape architecture services.
This phase is merely the latest chapter in campus development, which began in 1990 when Nike World Headquarters opened at One Bowerman Drive on land purchased in 1984. Two years later, the completion of the Nolan Ryan Building marked the company’s first site extension, while a third wave of construction, completed in 2001, doubled its footprint.
Incremental development of both buildings and land has remained constant over much of the last decade.
The new structures aim to reinforce the original campus master plan and link to pre-existing areas through open green spaces, paths, sports courts and fields, and are positioned for fluid future growth. The architecture itself takes ‘inspiration from human movement, speed and the strength and energy of competition, all central to Nike’s core mission.’
A beacon serves as a campus centre, while ‘spanning structures radiating from the tower pay homage to Nike’s namesake, the winged goddess of victory.’
The buildings’ organic extensions into the landscape and connected interiors aim to represent the collective power of teamwork and creativity. Additionally, the building designs aim for LEED Platinum Certification (a widely used green building rating system).
Some of the sustainable aspects include natural daylighting, passive chilled beams — a radiant convection system designed to heat or cool large buildings — and a closed-looped grey water treatment centre.
With every expansion, Nike aims to fuel the collaborative spirit inherent and essential to sport, innovation and, thus, the company’s growth, while simultaneously respecting its surroundings. This tradition will continue with the new campus expansion and can also be seen worldwide in recent Nike builds, including Converse’s offices in Boston, Nike’s Greater China Headquarters in Shanghai and the company’s workspace in Milan.
‘Each promotes movement and encourages fluid teamwork through inventive, flexible spaces.’