Serena Williams Building • Daily Journal of Commerce

The new Serena Williams Building is the largest structure at Nike’s global headquarters in Beaverton. (Jeremy Bittermann / JBSA)

PROJECT: Serena Williams Building

LOCATION: Beaverton

COST: undisclosed

START DATE: January 2014 (design); December 2016 (construction)



GENERAL CONTRACTOR : Hoffman construction

ARCHITECT: Skylab architecture

ENGINEERS: WHPacific (civil), PAE (MEP), Thornton Tomasetti (structural)

OTHER ASSOCIATES/CONSULTANTS: The Facade Group (building enclosure), Code Unlimited (code consultant), HDA (kitchen consultant), PLACE (landscape), Luma (lighting), Ambrosini Design (signage/orientation), Listen Acoustics (sound), M. Thrailkill (specifications consultant), Brightworks (sustainability consultant)

IMPORTANCE OF THE PROJECT: The Serena Williams Building — over 1 million square feet — is Nike’s largest global headquarters structure. The project presented three main challenges: how to create a new design-driven workspace prototype that fosters chemistry and collaboration at scale; how to leverage regenerative principles to design both site and building occupants through partnership with nature; and how to capture the philosophy of the sport, the heritage of Nike and the spirit of Serena Williams, the ultimate warrior muse and namesake of the building.

The building consists of four parts: an underground car park and a loading dock; a merchandising center for prototype retail spaces; integrated design studios for several product categories; and a 12-story tower with shared amenities for the entire campus. The concept of flow is integral to design – a fluid design strategy that is both efficient and informed. Skylab has created a variety of scales of gathering spaces to foster identity and connectedness, both indoors and outdoors. The building is organized around a principle that all designers from each brand within the company occupy a single level, while departments stack vertically between levels. In a first for Nike, products can go from sketch to prototype, final design to retail gear, all under one roof.

The building is rated Platinum Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design. Sustainable features include photovoltaic panels, energy-efficient mechanical systems, rainwater capture and reuse system, regional and recycled materials, FSC-certified wood products, and individual environmental controls for building occupants.

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