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Cabelas awards project to Howard S. Wright

Construction company named for Nyberg Rivers store


Cabela’s outdoor retailer has announced the Howard S. Wright company will build its newest store in Tualatin.

Designed by HBA Architects, the 100,000-square-foot, one-story store, which will anchor Nyberg Rivers retail center, will be constructed from the ground up and include a mezzanine area complete with Cabela’s trademark mountain display. In addition to retail floor space, the mezzanine will also offer a gun library and fudge shop.

HSW Vice President for Oregon Dan Pelissier explained his company has a long-established relationship of trust with Cabela’s, and that this will be the fifth Cabela’s location the company has worked on.

HSW also built the chain’s Springfield store in April 2011. That project required renovating the preexisting 58,000-square-foot structure that had housed an Ashley Furniture store and reimagining it as a smaller version of most of the chain’s established retail facilities, with an added 8,000-square-foot warehouse.

“We couldn’t be more thrilled to be a part of delivering a second Cabela’s store location for new and loyal customers in the Portland area,” Pelissier said.

Howard S. Wright was acquired by multinational construction and infrastructure group Balfour Beatty PLC in June 2011, and has Oregon headquarters in Northwest Portland.

Other regional projects the firm has helmed include the 30,000-square-foot Oregon State University Student Success Center, the 26,000-square-foot Nike store in downtown Portland and the 48,000-square-foot Washington State Department of Information Services building.

The news came days before Cabela’s namesake founder, Richard Cabela, died on Feb. 17.

The big-game hunter reportedly began the megastore in 1961 as a catalog operation from the kitchen table of his Chappell, Neb., home, expanding it as a family business with a distinctive brick-and-mortar presence that made extensive use of taxidermied animals as decor.

Last year, Cabela’s reported $3.6 billion in revenues.



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