This 118,000-square-foot, two-story Bass Pro Shop is located in the Promenade Shops at Orchard Valley.
Visitors entering the store pass under a 65-foot replica of the world’s largest tree, The General Sherman in Sequoia National Park. The interior features artist-painted murals of California’s natural splendors and history; dioramas of California’s wild fauna; a large, double-sided rock fireplace; a cascading waterfall; and a 20,000-gallon freshwater aquarium stocked with a variety of native trophy fish. The building also features an indoor archery range, a Gold Rush-themed laser arcade and shooting gallery, a boat department, and a boat service center. A meeting facility is available for rent to the public.
Managing this complex project required adapting prescribed design specifications to local coding requirements as well as coordinating with outside vendors, consultants, and engineers. This store also incorporates unique, customer-driven elements that make it like no other Bass Pro Shop—the General Sherman entry feature was suggested by the client late in the process and well worth the effort and flexibility it took to include in the design.
The project was led by C2K's Tony Brizendine while at WPH Architecture and was completed in 2008.