Sports retail giant nike Honoring the 23-time Grand Slam champion Serena Williams Wednesday, he unveiled the largest office building at Nike’s global headquarters in Oregon and named it after the tennis star.
The Serena Williams Building is a 1 million-square-foot center — the equivalent of 140 full-size tennis courts — that will house Nike’s construction teams and boast 140,000 square feet of showroom and workspace. It also houses a 140-seat theater named after Williams’ daughter, Olympia.
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“The whole building takes your breath away,” Williams, 40, said in a press release. “Every element, everywhere you go, is an opportunity to be inspired. I hope this building will encourage people to bring out their best and dream bigger than they thought possible.”
Chief Design Officer John Hawke said the building’s design represented “Williams’ legacy as a force for positive change”.
“Architecture has always been a creative catalyst for Nike,” Hawke said. Embodying form and function after footprint, this building embodies Serena’s legacy as a force for positive change. It is the art of the LeBron James Innovation Center science, allowing us to know and serve athletes like never before.”
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Williams took to Instagram to express her gratitude.
“When I was just a kid, I visited the Nike campus and saw that athletes build buildings! After that visit, I knew I wanted two things; to be a Nike athlete and to have a building,” she wrote in her letter.
“I set my goals high. I knew I had to be an elite, not just the best, but someone who would change the course of the sport. And now, here we are – officially unveiling the Serena Building on the Nike campus. Sweat, blood, so many tears, so many awards – It’s beyond honor and gives me goosebumps. I’m so grateful to Nike and the Nike team Can you believe it? I have a building team!!!