The new Bass Pro Shops Sportsman’s Center in Miami is a living monument to Florida’s fishing, boating and marina life. The theme of underwater exploration is conveyed through a sunken ship display that doubles as a 19,000-gallon saltwater aquarium.
Murals of the Everglades, historic Stiltsville and underwater life reinforce the oceanic feel. And the fishing counter design pays homage to Biscayne Bay houses that stand on pilings in shallow water.
Client: Bass Pro Shops, Inc., Springfield, Mo.
Design: Bass Pro Shops, Inc. Architects, Springfield, Mo. — Tom Jowett, vice president, design and development; Sean Easter, vice president of construction; Mart Tuttle, director of architecture; George Carameros, director of merchandise presentation and imagery; Lenny Clark, senior technical designer; Julie Dowden, project designer; Glennon Scheid, interior project manager; Bill Stidham, project manager/quality manager; Monica Matthias, interior project manager, fixtures and signage; Rick Collins, taxidermy; Ed Dinkins, vice president of merchandising; Pam Honeycutt, purchasing agent/design coordinator
Architect: Mike Hughes Architects, Tulsa, Okla.
General Contractor: VCC, Irving, Texas
Outside Design Consultants: SWT Design, St. Louis (landscape architect); Cost of Wisconsin, Jackson, Wis. (aquarium); Hoss & Brown, Lawrence, Kan. (electrical and mechanical engineering); Interior Planning Consultants, Springfield, Mo. (interiors); Mettemeyer Engineering, Springfield, Mo. (structural engineering)
Bahama-style Shutters: Taylored Services Inc., Marathon, Fla.; Florida Storm Protection Unlimited, Boynton Beach, Fla.
Carpet: Mohawk Carpet & Affiliates, Calhoun, Ga.
Ceramic Tile: Millennium Marble and Tile Inc., Pembroke Park, Fla.
Column Log Wraps: Nautical Furnishings, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Doors, Frames, Hardware: LaForce Inc., Vernon Hills, Ill.
Equipment Installation: Summit Installation LLC, Brooks, Ky.
Exterior Finish System: Prestige Stucco Inc., Cumming, Ga.
Fixtures: Bass Pro Fabrication Shop, Nixa, Mo.; TJ Hale, Menomonee Falls, Wis.; Lozier, St. Peters, Mo.; Rocky Creek, Stephenville, Texas;
Flagstone Masonry: Central Broward Construction, Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
Furniture: Smith & Hawken, Novato, Calif.
Graphics: Garage Graphics, Springfield, Mo.; Design Image, St. Louis; Bass Lithocolor Inc., Springfield, Mo.; Novacolor, St. Louis
Imagery Framing: PFI Artworks, Kansas City, Kan.
Lighting: City Lighting, Kansas City, Mo.; PCX Corp., Clayton, N.C.
Landscaping and Irrigation: AllGreen Nursery Inc., Princeton, Fla.
Murals: Bob Sopchick, York, Pa.; Chad Bryan, Atlanta; Biruta Hansen, Liverpool, Pa.; Dennis Burkart, Wrightsville, Pa.; John Whytock; Joshua Tree, Calif.
Paint: Service Painting Corp., Orlando
Props/Decoratives: Roadside Rustics, Eureka Springs, Ark.
Tile: Unique Tile Ltd., Nixa, Mo.
Photography: Janell Willis, Bass Pro Shops, Springfield, Mo.