Simms Fishing Products is a company that develops the world’s premier technical fishing apparel, footwear, and equipment. When the company relocated its headquarters in Bozeman, Montana in 2012, it engaged JLF Architects and Big-D Construction to design and build a facility that would speak to the company’s brand as the “icon” in the fishing industry. Simms encourages its customer base to visit their headquarters, so incorporating a brand narrative into the design was essential.
Not only did the team have to create a 70,000 square-foot corporate environment, but was challenged with blending a “real” manufacturing facility and housing all the innovation and machinery that accompanies such a facility—all under one roof. The building is also the largest solar photovoltaic project in the Gallatin Valley. In addition, the new facility utilizes sustainable features such as motion sensor and energy efficient lighting.
Three years after the project was complete, Simms experienced unprecedented growth and needed to expand its facility. JLF and Big-D Construction were brought back to add 14,000 square-feet to the existing footprint. The expansion includes a 3-story steel framed addition to the existing building. Concrete slabs and membrane roofing were used to construct the new addition to the building. That addition now includes a production warehouse, offices, and a showroom for dealer partners.