Centric Chronicle: A Builder's View

Placemaking for Wine Tasting & Education at Davies Vineyards

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 17, 2017 4:30:00 PM

When thinking about what makes the new Davies Tasting Room special, the word placemaking immediately comes to mind. The structure and space was envisioned to capture the heart of the Wine Country community. Before discussing how this present day space went from a vision into reality, it is important first explore the winery’s past.

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Topics: Winery Construction

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

Key Elements for Planning and Building Your Sustainable Winery

Posted by Tim McDonald

Sep 12, 2013 12:30:00 PM

It is not a secret that the Napa Valley is an attraction for wine lovers from around the world.  While the region is a premier destination for international travelers, the area’s businesses, government agencies, and residents are steadfast in their commitment to their local communities.  One of the areas of particular importance is maintaining the integrity of the Valley’s picturesque environment and lush landscape.

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Topics: Sustainable Construction, Winery Construction

Timing is Everything When Developing a Winery Construction Schedule

Posted by Tim McDonald

Aug 15, 2013 12:13:00 PM

Similar to a musical composition, winemaking has a timing and tempo.  When planning for a new winery facility or an addition, a builder needs to carefully consider a winery’s rhythm while developing a construction schedule to meet the project’s envisioned scope of work. This post discusses areas to consider when planning a winning winery project schedule and construction activity sequence.

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Topics: Best Practices, Construction Schedule, Winery Construction, Sequencing