Retail Flagship Store


  • National Design-Build Award
    Best Design-Build Project – Under $15 Million
    Design-Build Institute of America – DBIA
  • Excellence in Architecture Award
    American Institute of Architects, Vermont Chapter – AIA
  • Best Builder Award
    New Construction
    Associated General Contractors of Vermont – AGC


The Orvis Company, known for fly fishing equipment and outdoor apparel, envisioned bringing two elements into its new flagship store in Manchester, Vermont: nature and customers.

To meet this vision, Bread Loaf used wood, stone, iron, and water to create a rustic elegance that reflects the company brand. Cedar, native pine, and locally quarried stone place the building naturally in its landscape. A trout filled pool flows from indoors to the exterior casting ponds. A wood-burning fireplace with a thirty foot stone chimney warms visitors on a chilly day. High gable end windows provide glimpses of the Green Mountains and sky, and broad stair landings offer a place to pause to reflect on treasures from past adventures. A visit to the flagship store provides a similar experience to an Adirondack great camp and of the Orvis Lifestyle.

Green Building/Sustainable Design

  • Reuse of previously developed site located within the Village
  • Removal of hazardous materials
  • Demolition waste management plan - demolition waste was diverted from landfill
  • Tight, well-insulated building envelope
  • Natural materials and locally milled decorative woodwork
  • Energy efficient lighting
  • Use of low-emitting interior finishes
  • Overall building energy efficiency
  • Water conserving plumbing fixtures