PCL served as general contractor for the construction of a new Cabela's retail center located in Anchorage, Alaska. The store's open showrooms feature museum-like environments with wildlife displays and large aquariums. The project included 100,000 square feet of retail and office space, 40,000 square feet of warehouse space, 600 parking spaces, and facilities to accommodate recreational vehicles on the seven-acre lot.
Complex logistics of the supply chain were a primary concern for completing this project. Shipping to Alaska takes much longer than to other US locations. The project team used their experience and knowledge of Alaskan shipping procedures to ease the owner's mind by scheduling shipments within established time frames. PCL worked with the client's chosen shipping company to facilitate the delivery of very large amounts of owner-provided materials to an offsite warehouse. The team ensured they were delivered on time and securely stored. A new warehouse was built as part of the store to circumvent lengthy delivery times and to house additional stock to support the store's anticipated sales.
The building elements consist of concrete strip and spot footings with structural masonry block exterior walls and interior steel columns with open web joists and metal decking. The center of the building has a vaulted clerestory constructed with glulam trusses and beams. The roof is primarily single-ply EPDM with standing seam metal on the clerestory and some of the storefront canopy features.
The interior finishes are not typical box-store elements. There is an abundance of custom high-end cabinetry and mill work along with faux stone-wrapped columns and log work. The floors are primarily carpet or ground stained concrete. MEP systems are typical for this type of construction.