GALLERY: See the progress on The Ion ahead of an anticipated early fall opening

The Ion features an outdoor plaza that helps the building maintain its outdoor, open and walkable focus for its visitors. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Ion features an outdoor plaza that helps the building maintain its outdoor, open and walkable focus for its visitors. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

The Ion features an outdoor plaza that helps the building maintain its outdoor, open and walkable focus for its visitors. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)

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With 266,000-square-feet of space spread over five floors at the site of the former Midtown Sears building, The Ion serves a range of functions for tech development. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The forum at The Ion serves as a central event space and can host lectures, TED Talks, workshops and more. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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With sound isolating windows and doors, conference rooms in The Ion dampen the sound from the outside world and allow meetings to go uninterrupted. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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At 2,000 square feet, The Ion’s investor studio will allow investors to connect with startups. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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The goal at The Ion is to provide a space that is as collaborative as possible, allowing tenants to share not only space, but ideas, officials said. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Chevron Technology Ventures is one of the tenants slated to open offices inside The Ion. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
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Late August, a new concept by chefs Chris Williams and Dawn Burrell will open inside The Ion alongside on-the-go bistro and bakery Common Bond. They will join the first brick-and-mortar location for STUFF’d Wings—which will be located catty-corner to The Ion. (Hunter Marrow/Community Impact Newspaper)
The Ion, a five-story, 266,000-square-foot building located at the site of the former Midtown Sears building, will serve as the hub of a future 16-acre Midtown urban Innovation District. When completed, the district will cover 3-5 million square feet of street life, public space, and a mix of uses that bring together technology, community and sustainability.

The building will bring together tech-focused corporate innovators, academic and community partners, startups, and entrepreneurs with accelerator programs, shared workspaces, and events and programming in a walkable, sustainable and open space available to the general public.


The building—brought to life from a $100 million investment from Rice University—is slated to open in early fall. The district in its entirety will come together over three phases over the next 10 years at an approximate cost of $1 billion.

View the progress in the gallery above.
By Hunter Marrow
Hunter Marrow came to Community Impact Newspaper in January 2020. Before that, Hunter covered local news in Ontario, OR for three years, covering municipal issues, crime, and education across Malheur County and across the border into Idaho.