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On July 9 Bass Pro Shops opened its 67th store. The 80,000 sq. ft. Anchorage, Alaska Bass Pro Shops Outpost is, for Bass Pro, “a tribute to Alaska’s awesome beauty, abundant wildlife and regional heritage.”
Adding to the unique destination retail experience are Alaskan themes throughout the store in hand-painted regional murals, museum quality wildlife mounts, area artifacts and antiques, and period photos. The store also features a 12,000-gallon freshwater aquarium with native fish. These displays complement a wide selection of apparel, fishing, boating, camping, hunting, hiking, and related merchandise.
Following concept work developed in-house by Bass Pro, BR&P was project manager in collaboration with RIM Architects as architect of record, Larson Binkley as mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineer, CRW Engineering Group as civil engineer, BBFM Engineers as structural engineer, and Timberlake Construction as general contractor.
“Taking the design from concept through completion and working as the conduit of information between Bass Pro and the construction team, was unlike any other Bass Pro job I’ve completed,” says BR&P Project Manager Mike Harned, AIA.
This location presented some unique challenges, such as:
Coordinating shipping and timing of construction materials, in particular, from the lower 48 states.
Detailing the project, especially the foundation and steel structure, to meet the code requirements due to Anchorage’s seismic activity status.
Renovating an existing big box store to meet the needs of the project vs. building a custom, ground-up facility.
Working in extreme weather elements.
“On behalf of BR&P and our project team, I want to thank Bass Pro Shops for the opportunity to be involved in their only Outpost in Alaska, the Final Frontier! The Bass Pro design and imagery team did an amazing job relating to Alaska’s native heritage and environment,” added Harned.
Anchorage is the 19th Bass Pro Shops store completed by BR&P including Outdoor World, World Wide Sportsman, Outpost, and Sportsman’s Warehouse brands.