Schimenti Construction recently completed a Nike Community Store in Brooklyn, the first of its kind to be built in New York City and the fifth overall. Located in the heart of the Flatbush neighborhood, this 19,000-square-foot building was completed on an accelerated schedule in only eight and a half weeks.
The mission of these Community Stores is to help the local community thrive. Nike aims to do this by hiring 80 percent or more of the store’s employees from within a five-mile radius; by sponsoring and partnering with local community organizations; and by encouraging neighborhood residents to lead more active lives through the power of sports.
In this build- out of an existing prewar structure, Nike wished to emphasize the building’s distinctive architecture and history. Schimenti restored the existing brick and metalwork and preserved exposed bricks, hardwood flooring, and such features as the atrium windows and staircase. Each Nike Community Store includes design elements that reflect the neighborhood; in this case, photography by local artist Anthony Blasko and gear from local sports teams. The new store is certified as LEED Platinum through the U.S. Green Building Council.