Though redevelopment isn’t slated for at least another six months, Portland firm Siteworks Design Build released artistic renderings of their vision for Under Armour’s new South Portland headquarters. The multi-year project gives a prominent Portland location a sleek makeover, bringing it in line with similar projects in the South Waterfront and the Pearl District.
Utilizing the former YMCA building purchased in April by the Run Your Dream LLC, Siteworks and Seattle-based developers InterUrban Development, the existing painted stucco exterior will be torn down, replaced instead with a glass facade for optimal natural light use. The 70,000 square foot facility’s existing indoor running track will remain in tact, with renderings showing the track suspended above the work space, visible from SW Barbur Boulevard.
“Future building expansion” and “relationship with parks” are noted topics of interest in paperwork filed with the city. Duniway Park, the well-worn running track adjacent to the former YMCA site, immediately leaps to mind. As part of the project, Under Armour will likely aide in the city-owned park’s renovation.
The former YMCA building is over three times the size of Under Armour’s current Portland headquarters in the Pearl District’s North Park Blocks. Saving almost $4 million on the facility (purchased at $10 million from the original $13.75 million asking price), the renovations project is currently slated at approximately $4 million. The move is seen as a challenge to competitor Nike, whose presence is prominently felt throughout Portland and Oregon.
While Nike is primarily known for footwear, and Under Armour for apparel, reports since 2013 show Under Armour’s interest in expanding its shoe division. Competitors Adidas and Columbia Sportswear also hold headquarters in the Portland area. Initial news of Under Armour’s expansion was quiet, and the company’s Portland office moderate; but having acquired a location well known to thousands of Portland residents, nearby Portland State University students, and athletic enthusiasts, Under Armour appears poised to give the sports apparel giants a run for their money.