Adidas Campus Renovation Has Not Halted

Photo sourced from LEVER Architecture

Photo sourced from LEVER Architecture

Three years ago, Adidas HQ announced its’ intention to expand its North Portland campus by 2020. If you’ve driven by in the last few months, you’ve surely seen the visible changes that have already taken place along N. Greeley Ave. Adidas plans to more than double its current size three new structures. These three additional structures will total to 425,000 square feet to create more space for its 1,700 employees that were formerly squeezed into 365,000 square feet of space.

Photo sourced from LEVER Architecture

Following a national design competition, Adidas selected local firms LEVER ArchitectureStudio O+A, and GGN to design the expansion. The enhancements to Adidas’ Portland campus, including the new arrival sequence and two signature buildings, will be LEED Gold certified. The winning design positions the two signature buildings around a new central sports plaza, creating a cohesive campus landscape. It will also include the construction of a cycle track on N. Greeley. The improvements focus on strengthening connectivity internally between the existing buildings and altering the connections to the adjoining residential neighborhood. LEVER architecture says, “The project is inspired by the dynamism of small stadium environments where spectators and players engage in an active dialogue. The architecture of the two buildings connects creative work, community, and sport. Construction is expected to cost roughly $1.26 million.

Adidas is one of the hottest brands in athletic footwear and apparel. The expansion plan has considerably grown more ambitious as the brand’s market momentum has continued. In October 2017, the brand’s North America President Mark King said that the company would add an additional 200,000 square feet of space. Five months later, the company decided to more than double that. King also said that the new space would allow Adidas to increase the size of its local workforce from 1,700 to 2,800. This means more employment opportunities for job seekers.

While the COVID pandemic struck in the midst of construction, Adidas hasn’t made any mention that their plans have changed. Things have been quieter around the campus lately, but construction can still be seen off the main street on the new signature buildings.

Not everyone is thrilled about this impending major campus expansion. A number of Adidas’ closest neighbors are upset by these building plans. Locals complain that Adidas is imposing on the neighborhood and feel excluded from the planning process. However, Adidas reports that they are doing its best to work with neighbors and many residents have said they are positive about this expansion. The head of the neighborhood association, Chris Trejbal even said, “…they’re building a lot more parking, which is great. There will be two years of construction that will be loud and annoying and painful, but afterward, hopefully, things will be smoother in the neighborhood.” (Portland Business Journal)

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