Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

The Mariposa Butterflies Take Flight at Cope Family Center

Posted by Tim McDonald

Dec 10, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Recently, we had the distinct honor of installing the Mariposa Mural Project at the Cope Family Center in downtown Napa. While we played a minor role in helping the Mariposa Mural Project, it is rewarding to be a part of this community cause. In order to help facilitate a dialog about the community arts project, we are sharing the Mariposa story with you.

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Topics: Centric General Contractors, community relations, social responsibility

The Chickens Are Coming Home to Long Meadow Ranch to Roost

Posted by Tim McDonald

Oct 15, 2015 4:00:00 PM

Building The LMR Rutherford Estate Poultry House 

There is no shortage of Napa Valley restaurants serving farm-to-table fare made with fresh local ingredients.  Farm-to-table, or farm-to-fork, essentially covers the process of providing fresh food to the consumer. The process includes harvesting, storage, processing, packaging, sales, and consumption. This process is closely related to the local food movement, typically fostered by agriculture, food service, and restaurant communities. For a lot of restaurants, farm-to-table fare is preferred because fresh produce and ingredients are filled with nutrients, don’t have to be chemically preserved for transport, and taste great.  All in all, the farm-to-table movement is a win-win-win experience from the farmer to the chef to the diner.

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Topics: Restaurant Construction

Rebuilding Napa After The Valley Fire

Posted by Tim McDonald

Sep 25, 2015 8:30:00 AM

Summer has officially ended.  However, there is no end in sight for California’s fire season.  The Valley Fire and lingering drought conditions have been a wake up call to our greater Napa Valley communities. While our firefighters work tirelessly to control the fire, many have already suffered loss – our community must come together to rebuild. 

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Topics: community relations

Zen and the Art of Solage’s Resort and Spa Expansion

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 6, 2015 2:00:00 PM

Recently, Centric General Contractors performed construction services for the Solage Hotel and Resort in Calistoga, California.  The project required a 2,000sf kitchen and bar renovation of Michelin Star-rated restaurant, SolBar. Work also entailed building a 40-seat courtyard for year-round outdoor dining and a 2,700sf addition to existing spa buildings. Just imagine a team of construction professionals, armed with hammers and power tools, performing required work without disrupting luxury resort guests and staff. No stress, right?

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Luxury Resort, Hospitality

Age-old Craftsmanship Plays A Role In Modern Design

Posted by Tim McDonald

Jun 25, 2015 2:30:00 PM

CASE STUDY: Atlas, Jacobsen Residence 

In a world focused on globalization and mechanization, many believe the beauty and wisdom of age-old craftsmanship is becoming extinct. On a daily basis, news reports tell us how robots are replacing humans in an effort to create efficiencies. With these messages proliferating our media consumption, you may ask yourself how can classic craftsmanship sustain in today’s modern world?

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Custom Homes, Craftsmanship

Will Virtual Reality Take Custom Home Planning By Storm?

Posted by Branden McDonald

Apr 30, 2015 8:47:00 AM

Let’s imagine you are in the process of planning your dream home. If you could walk through your home prior to construction, would you? Do you think you’d make any changes?  I know I am opening up this post with a lot of questions but I cannot help but think your answer would be a resounding, “Yes!”

Today, virtual reality is taking the world by storm. Also known as immersive multimedia, virtual reality creates a highly visual, computer-simulated, 3D environment. This technology creates sensory experiences where individuals may perceive themselves within an imaginary world. The Oculus Rift, a virtual reality headset, brings this immersive experience to the general public. Originally designed for gaming, the Oculus headset is affordable and proves to be an incredible asset for a lot of industries including design and construction. The headset replaces a computer or television screen and allows users to see an environment that completely surrounds them. When a user turns their head, looks up or down, they are under the illusion they are in the environment. 

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Topics: Custom Homes, Technology, Virtual Reality

Chappellet’s Barrel Chai Blends the Art and Science of Winemaking

Posted by Tim McDonald

Mar 26, 2015 3:00:00 PM

Great winemaking requires a built environment that facilitates the complex blend of nature, art, and science.  Our story begins in the rugged terroir that is legendary for producing Cabernet Sauvignon. Situated on the rocky slopes of Pritchard Hill in St. Helena, Chappellet Vineyards envisioned a barrel chai that created a multi-sensory journey in winemaking and aesthetic appeal. Our team at Centric worked together with Chappellet to build a structure designed for wine storage and aging.

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Topics: Construction Case Studies, Winery Construction, Energy Efficiency