More than a year into its construction, one of the newest structures at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus in northeast Hillsboro is taking shape. The multipurpose, technical building is a component of the third phase of a massive development and expansion project on the 415-acre campus for a facility Intel calls D1X. The multipurpose building’s site, along the east side of NE Shute Road at the junction with NE Dawson Creek Drive, makes it the most readily visible part of D1X Phase 3 from this street bordering the campus.
According to the public, development review notice issued by the City, the multipurpose, technical building will consist of around 862,000 square feet. A central utility structure and a cooling tower are integrated. Also contained in the building is a six-story parking structure featuring approximately 2,200 vehicle spaces. This will be the fourth mammoth, multi-level garage at Intel’s Ronler Acres campus to help accommodate its population of workers.
The construction of the adjacent D1X research factory itself has been ongoing since 2010 at which time residents of the surrounding neighborhoods saw towering cranes appear, becoming conspicuous markers for the location of the Ronler Acres campus even from afar. Since Phase 1 of the D1X “fab” (industry parlance) opened in 2013, the microchip technology research facility has been the largest structure in the City of Hillsboro. Phase 2 construction ran from 2013 to around 2016. Each of the first two phases comprises roughly 1.1 million square feet and Phase 3 is expected to bring the total to well over 3 million.
Jacobs Engineering is the architecture firm for the multipurpose, technical building and Hoffman Construction is the general contractor.
Reporter’s note: Intel Corporation wasn’t asked to contribute to this article nor did they review it.