Nike To Make Building Named For Serena Williams


By Ryan Velez

Tennis star and new mother Serena Williams will have another feather in her cap soon, with a building named after her on Nike’s Beaverton, OR campus. Black Enterprise has the full story. The building will be one of four built in 2019. Nike has worked with Williams since 2003.

Here is the full statement from Nike: “Today, Nike announces the names of four new structures in its campus expansion. Two buildings honor champion Nike athletes Serena Williams and Sebastian Coe, and a new fitness center is named after Coach Mike Krzyzewski. Additionally, a new parking garage celebrates the sporting heritage of New York City.

These buildings reinforce the original campus master plan and link to pre-existing spaces through open green areas, sports courts and fields, and are positioned for fluid future growth. The architecture itself was inspired by movement, while new workspaces support collaboration and enable employees to continue to imagine, invent, and deliver the future of sport at an ever-quickening pace.

A trio of Northwest-based firms (ZGF Architects, SRG Partnership, and Skylab Architecture) have guided design, while Hoffman Construction built the facilities and PLACE of Portland provided landscape architecture services. This phase of the WHQ expansion project is slated for completion in 2019.”

Williams has no shortage of endorsement deals, including some new ones, like the “Tempur-Pedic Sleep Is Power” she started earlier this year. “I require consistent, restful sleep in order to be at my best,” said Williams through a spokesperson. She also revealed that she’s owned Tempur-Pedic for the last 10 years, which has helped her power up for a rigorous training regimen. Other endorsement deals she has are with Gatorade, Delta Air Lines, Aston Martin, Pepsi, and Beats by Dre.

Along with her financial accomplishments, she also has 23 Grand Slam titles to her name, along with a host of other tennis accolades. Williams recently married Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian earlier this year, and gave birth to their daughter, Alexis Olympia Ohanian, on September 1st. After years of hard work on the tennis court, Williams deserves the chance to rest and enjoy all that her accolades have brought, but chances are she will have some sort of new venture line up soon enough.



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