Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World

ISP/VM+SD Store Design Competition Winner
Posted February 22, 2007
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Bass Pro Shops prides itself on creating stores that bring the great outdoors indoors. The sporting goods retailer took that theme to a new level at its Outdoor World in Denver, where the Rocky Mountains serve as a spectacular backdrop to the two-level, 186,000-square-foot superstore. The design, by the retailer’s in-house team, won first place in the Big-Box Retail category of the ISP/VM+SD International Store Design Competition.

Inside, store sports a “great lodge” theme, featuring a grand entrance framed with massive log and rockwork, a 63-foot-high central gabled clerestory, a series of outdoor-themed chandeliers, concrete flooring imprinted with dinosaur fossils and wildlife tracks, and a 21,000-gallon freshwater aquarium.

Design: Bass Pro Shops Inc. Architect, Springfield, Mo. – Tom Jowett, vp, design and development; Tom Gammon, director, construction; Mark Tuttle, director, architecture; Allan Schomaker, director, visual imagery; George Carameros, director, visual merchandising; Lenny Clark, senior technical designer; Glennon Scheid, interior project manager; Steve Slaten and Glen Lewis, project managers; Monica Matthias, interior project manager – fixtures and signage; Rick Collins, taxidermy; Bruce Teter, director, retail planning; Jan Burch, national account manager/color coordinator

Architect/Structural Engineer: Butler Rosenbury & Partners, Springfield, Mo.

General Contractor: W.E. O’Neil Construction, Lakewood, Colo.

Outside Design Consultants: Hoss & Brown Engineers Inc., Lawrence, Kan. (MEP engineer); SWT Design, St. Louis (landscape architect); Randy Burkett Lighting, St. Louis, and Speirs and Major Associates, Edinburgh, Scotland (lighting); Cost of Wisconsin, Jackson, Wis. (aquarium contractor); Marvin Levine, Lipan, Texas (imagery); Chad Bryan, Atlanta (muralist); Brundege Studio, Rogersville, Mo. (design); Interior Planning Consultants, Springfield, Mo. (interior planning)

Aquariums: Precision Pool Inc., Pleasant Hope, Mo.

Carpentry: Duggan Contracting Corp., St. Peters, Mo.

Carpet: Bellbridge Inc., Benicia, Calif.; Mohawk Carpet & Affiliates, Calhoun, Ga.; Megerians Persian Rug Co.

Ceiling: The American Tin Ceiling Co., Bradenton, Fla.

Decorative Concrete: Colorado Hardscapes, Denver

Doors, frames and hardware: LaForce Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill.

Exterior Wall Texturing: Advanced Stucco Design Inc., Arvada, Colo.

Fireplace: Maschino’s Home Express, Springfield, Mo.

Fixtures: Bass Pro Fabrication Shop, Nixa, Mo.; TJ Hale., Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Lozier, St. Peters, Mo.; Rocky Creek, Stephenville, Texas;

Furniture: Country Casual, Gaithersburg, Md.; Flat Rock Furniture Inc., Waldon, Ind.; Hickory Chair, Hickory, N.C.; Vintage Veranda, Marion, Ark.; Roadside Rustics, Eureka Springs, Ark.

Imagery framing: PFI Artworks, Kansas City, Kan.

Imagery production: Luke LeTourneau, Overland Park, Kan.; Design Image, St. Louis; Bass Lithocolor Inc., Springfield, Mo.

Graphics: Garage Graphics, Springfield, Mo.

Landscaping: Schultz Industries Inc., Golden, Colo.

Lighting: City Lighting, Kansas City, Mo.

Masonry: Fischbach Masonry Inc., Lakewood, Colo.

Mechanicals: Works Ultd., Orlando

Paints: Service Painting Corp., Orlando

Roofing: D&D Roofing Inc., Commerce City, Colo.

Signage: LSI Graphics Solutions Plus, North Canton, Ohio

Software: Marilyn Systems LLC, San Antonio

Taxidermy: Nature’s Design, Cody, Wyo.; Safari World, Three Lakes, Wis.

Tile: Cody Flooring & Tile, Golden, Colo.; Unique Tile Ltd., Nixa, Mo.

Photography: Douglas K. Hill, Hill Photographics, Snellville, Ga.