Nike Says It Stalled On World HQ Construction Due To "More Ambitious" Plans
Nike in July began construction on its "multi-million dollar World Headquarters expansion but stopped in mid-August without indication of when the project will restart or what design and construction partners will work with the footwear and sneaker giant," according to Allan Brettman of the Portland OREGONIAN. Nike Global Corporate Communications Dir Mary Remuzzi said, "We are now working on an enhanced campus design incorporating our recent real estate acquisitions." She added that Nike recently hired Matt Swaim as VP/Construction Services to "help lead the project." Brettman noted Swaim previously "worked as a project manager at Hoffman Construction in Portland." Nike also brought on longtime associate Howard Slusher "as a project consultant." Nike in April announced it would "build two office buildings, expand parking and make road and other campus improvements at its headquarters complex near Beaverton." But the company in an Oct. 14 statement said, "Our plans have become more ambitious and we have more opportunities to leverage (and) we have decided to enhance our overall campus design plan to support Nike's future growth and to create an even better workplace for our employees." It is not clear when building will resume, and Remuzzi "declined to share a construction timeline" (OREGONLIVE.com, 10/19).