Two-time Olympic gold medalist, three-time NBA champion and four-time NBA MVP, LeBron James, will now have Nike’s new World Headquarters campus named after him.
The LeBron James Building is the sixth new building at Nike WHQ, a project that kicked off in early 2015.
“It’s so surreal,” James said.
“It’s been an honour to be a part of such a great company for the last 18 years and to know that a building with my name will reside on campus — it’s truly an honour, and I feel truly special.”
Located in WHQ’s north campus, the LeBron James Building will be home to Nike’s Beaverton-based Advanced Innovation team.
It will house a state-of-the-art Sports Research Lab — an investment in Nike’s most powerful competitive advantage, and continued proof of Nike’s leadership in sport science.
5 Facts About the LeBron James Building
- The new Nike Sport Research Lab (NSRL) will be five times the size of the team’s current space.
- The Advanced Innovation team that will call the building home is comprised of scientists, designers, engineers and more, collectively focusing on inventing the products and services that make all athletes better.
- Facilities include a full NBA-size basketball court, a 200-meter endurance track, a 100-meter straightaway and an artificial turf training pitch.
- A waffle pattern concrete slab is visible under the fourth-floor cantilever, where the NSRL will sit. This engineered, structural approach was selected for functional properties, and the waffle pattern is also an unmistakable nod to Nike’s innovation legacy.
- A 15.63 per cent incline ramp, just outside the building, extends more than 500 feet and offers athletes a valuable opportunity for training on campus without natural hills.