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Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery

Project Team: O'Malley, Wilson,Westphal

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A state of the art, full service, certified organic sparkling and still wine custom crush facility located in Hopland, California, on Mountain House Road at the east base of Duncan Peak. The entire facility encompasses 120,000 square feet with a capacity of 500,000 cases and is the only sparkling wine custom crush facility on the west coast.

PROGRAM/SCOPE
  • Cellar expansion with new outdoor covered crush area between new and existing buildings
  • Master plan the site for circulation, future building expansions, and upgrades to PG&E power
  • Facility must be able to handle crush operations starting in eight months with no interruption even as construction is proceeding
  • Allow for maximum flexibility as custom crush facilities need to configure for continuously changing clients’ needs
  • Be energy efficient as there is very little electrical capacity at this location
  • Low maintenance facility
SPECIAL CHALLENGES/UNUSUAL CHARACTERISTICS
  • Extremely short time frame
  • Low water pressure for fire sprinklers
  • High water table at the site
  • Limited electrical power available
  • Utilities designed for an additional building expansion and future stand-alone barrel building

During construction it was discovered the two 100,000 gallon wine blending tanks would not be completed in time to be placed in the building. Construction was re-sequenced which involved building the tank pads and erecting the building while the tanks were fabricated on site. A section of roof was left off and the tanks lowered through the opening in the roof. Temporary electrical and refrigeration were connected to the tanks while construction on the facility progressed around them.

SOLUTION/DESIGN

A 40,000 square foot building expansion and 17,000 square feet of outdoor covered crush area between new and existing buildings with master planning for circulation, future building expansions and PG&E upgrades. Utilities pass through the cellar expansion to future building locations.

The significant height differential between buildings required a roof element to transition from one to the other. The arched canopy roof was used to make this transition and be the project’s design statement while keeping the building architecture simple.

The cellar expansion’s clear height and clear-span provides space free of interior columns allowing for flexibility for the configuration of tank and barrel layouts now and in the future. A small two-story space in the structure allows the wine lab, offices, conference room, and lunch room to be located close to production operations. A section of roof was raised to allow room for the 100,000 gallon wine tanks rather than increasing the overall height of the building saving the Owner significant money. The facility has the capacity to handle both small and large wine production needs for sparkling and still wines.

The largest challenge with this project was an extremely condensed time frame that required design, permitting, and construction to be completed in eight months in order to be operational for grape harvest. The design and construction team held weekly meetings to review and coordinate upcoming work schedules in order to meet the time frame and deliver essential crush facilities required for harvest.

  • Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery
  • Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery
  • Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery
  • Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery
  • Rb Wine Associates, LLC Rack & Riddle Custom Winery