Nike is an interesting environment in which to work. There are eye-catching touches everywhere. For example, this photo shows a rough-hewn wooden bench with ‘JUST DO IT’ carved into the top, a staircase of cement risers, wrought iron railing, and, at the bottom, a huge poster of coach Bill Bowerman (a central figure in the Nike founding tale).
Another view from almost the same point shows the greenery outside and a central wall featuring a wooden finish that includes the Nike ‘swoosh‘ as the central design motif.
Walking around the Nike campus one sees these locked wooden boxes emblazoned with the sentence ‘today’s kids are the least active generation in history’. They’re foreshadowing of an upcoming fitness event.
Continuing my stroll I come across the Cristiano Ronaldo Soccer Field, which now sports a ‘PAY EQUALS POWER’ poster.
The field is usually well-kept, and with the recent mist, it looks fabulous. There’s frequently teams practicing, from local school teams to professionals, not to forget the employee teams.
One of my favorite places on campus is the Koi pond-inspired arched footbridge, adjacent to the central pond.
Another view of ‘Lake Nike’, from the other side of the footbridge.
And yet another view across the lake, this one showing the ubiquitous Nike signage. This one says ‘BE ON THE OFFENSE ALWAYS’.
Construction at Nike
It seems like there’s construction and improvement all over the Nike WHQ campus. This is the sight I see twice every day as I walk the 8 minutes to and from Nike, the intersection of West Baseline Road and SW 185th Avenue. The road is being made wider, as it’s a pretty clogged thoroughfare.
This ‘JUST DO IT’ sign is at an entrance to the parking garage near to the just-opened Coach Mike Krzyzewski Fitness Center (also known as ‘Coach K’).
Across from Coach K there’s another building going up.
The recently-opened L. A. Garage features a running track and some interesting architecture in the neighborhood.
Here’s a 360° photosphere of one corner of the L. A. Garage.
There are several murals of much larger than life atheletes, and yet another one of those mystery fitness boxes.
Along the running path is yet another sign/sculpture, ‘CREATE THE FUTURE OF SPORT’.
Nike Summer Hours
For nine months of the year, Oregon is cold, windy, and rain-soaked. Some parts of the state get 200 inches (5100 mm) annually. So when the summer rolls around Nike adopts summer hours: everyone strives to get their work done in slightly extended hours from Monday to Thursday and leave the office midday Friday.
Here’s the Nike parking lot (outside of Talaria & Swift buildings) in the middle of a workday.
This is what it looks like a few minutes after summer hours.
And that’s another hike across the Nike WHQ campus. Thanks for coming along.