CSA was awarded Memphis’ top engineering award last night for the Bass Pro project.
Bass Pro began renovations and construction to the Memphis Pyramid in October 2012 and will open May 1, 2015. The 535,000 square foot building will include an Uncle Buck’s Fishbowl and Grill with a bowling alley and a saltwater aquarium. A 28-story glass elevator, the tallest freestanding elevator in America, will take visitors to the top of the Pyramid where they can view Memphis and the Mississippi River on an indoor and outdoor observation deck. Also located at the apex of the Pyramid is Sky High Catfish Cabin, a restaurant, bar, and 10,000 gallon aquarium. At the base of the Pyramid will be a 100-room hotel known as the Big Cypress Lodge. Bass Pro at the Pyramid will contain 600,000 gallons of water features and the largest collection of waterfowl and hunting related equipment in the world.
The new megastore will include the Big Cypress Lodge grand hotel; 600,000 gallons of water features; a cypress swamp with 100-foot-tall trees; an interactive National Waterfowling Heritage Center in partnership with Ducks Unlimited; and a glass-floored cantilevering observation deck at the top of the 32-story steel pyramid.
The major challenge for the elevator tower structure was to limit the amount of drift that the tower would generate during a seismic event. The drift had to closely match that of the Pyramid. The tower was also designed to support mechanical equipment for both the Sky High Catfish Cabin and the HVAC system for the upper third of the Pyramid. Another challenge was to utilize light gage steel for the Big Cypress Lodge structure while also cladding the units to appear as log cabins.
Congratulations to Jeff Higgins and everyone on the team that had a hand in making this an award winning project.