November 11, 2013 --
Oregon & OSU are engaged in a $350 million building boom.
By Oregon Tax News,
University of Oregon
In a bid to draw and develop top talent, the University of Oregon has unveiled its new $68M, 145,000-square-foot Football Performance Center, thanks to philanthropist Phil Knight, co-founder and chairman of Nike and his wife, Penny.
The design team of ZGF Architects, Firm 151 and Hoffman Construction brought the vision of a state-of-the-art facility into being. The polished black exterior is an impressive introduction to what coaches and players find inside. Italian marble lines the showers; seats in the two auditoriums are covered in Ferrari leather. Meeting rooms feature black-glass walls used like blackboards and other walls covered in Nike football leather. Biometric access pads allow entrance to the athletes’ locker room, with lockers fully ventilated to prevent odors and coded keypads. There are three new practice fields, a two-story weight room, a barber shop and cafeteria which offers farm-fresh produce under a neon sign that reads “Eat Your Enemies – and Other Food Groups.”
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