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Nike's newest — and largest — building honors a sports icon

The building at Nike's corporate headquarters in Beaverton is named after tennis star Serena Williams. It covers "the equivalent of 140 full-size tennis courts."
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United States' Serena Williams makes a forehand return to compatriot Danielle Collins during a tuneup event ahead of the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Friday, Feb. 5, 2021. Not long after Serena Williams' name was absent from the entry list for the Australian Open, she confirmed the obvious: the seven-time champion won't play the 2022 edition of the season-opening major in January.(AP Photo/Andy Brownbill, File)

BEAVERTON, Ore. — Nike has unveiled its largest office building at its corporate headquarters in Washington County: the 1-million-square-foot Serena Williams Building.

The building named for the tennis star is LEED Platinum-certified and covers "the equivalent of 140 full-size tennis courts," according to the sportswear company (NYSE: NKE).

"The whole building takes your breath away. Every element, everywhere you go, is an opportunity to be inspired. I hope this building encourages people to bring out the best of themselves and to dream bigger than they thought possible," Williams said in a statement.

The building is for Consumer Creation workers, who can take advantage of 200,000 square feet worth of lab space to test ideas for new products. 

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The building, also known as SW, includes 140,000 square feet for work spaces and showrooms; a color lab; a footwear materials lab; and a two-story theater with 140 seats called the Olympia Theater, named for Williams' daughter, according to Nike. Portland-based Skylab Architecture designed the space with Nike Executive Chairman Mark Parker.

"Architecture has long been a creative catalyst for Nike. A manifestation of form and function following footprint, this building embodies Serena’s legacy as a force for positive change," Chief Design Officer John Hoke said in a statement.

Nike has named other buildings on its sprawling campus for sports stars under company endorsement contracts, including the LeBron James Building in 2019.

Find more Nike coverage at the Portland Business Journal.

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