Building A Distillery: What is the Process? (Part 2)

The process of building a distillery can be a nebulous concept to wrap one’s mind around. Each licensed design professional (architect/ engineer) has their own process and phases and names for each step. Each project has one-of-a-kind building conditions, site conditions, building and fire regulatory environments. Rather than thinking of this in terms of “Steps 1-5,” it is helpful to think of the project more as a gradient, one step bleeds into the next and into the one after that. This is the second of a 3 part series.

During schematic design, we develop study drawings, documents, or other media that illustrate the concepts of the design and include spatial relationships, scale, and form for the owner to review. Schematic design also is the research phase of the project, when zoning requirements or jurisdictional restrictions are discovered and addressed.

Finalize Site/Existing Building/ Project Analysis
Confirmation of space needs / finalize Project Program: Workshop session(s) with client and any representatives to confirm validity of previously made assumptions. Revise Project Program as required to reflect any changes deemed appropriate due to prior pre-design workshops and research sessions. Finalize building space program relative to Project Program needs and the project’s accumulated facts, goals, concepts, schedule and a statement of cost objectives.

Develop, Review and finalize Design Criteria: Including – capacity, building size and scale, ability to support program, ideal programmatic space relationships, efficiencies and site integration.

Conceptual Sketches. Conceptual options implying the design criteria and character are established. Preliminary building and zoning requirements are tested and evaluated for impact on the project criterion. Through sketches and diagrams building design strategic alternatives are studied.

Civil Engineering

a. Sewer Use and Drainage Permit Process a sewer use and drainage permit (SUDP) must be obtained for each building and/or individual tenant associated with a project.

b. Waste Water Submittals required for a new development, system improvements, relocation and/or other types of modification of Denver Water or distributor (district) distribution system.

c. AHJ Site Development Plan Review involves identifying all significant land and building issues that affect the design and feasibility of your project, collecting all the technical information and supporting materials, to secure the approval of all reviewing agencies.

AHJ Site Development Process whether Site Development Plan Review is required depends on the size and scope of the project and is determined during the pre-application/concept review, which is required for all new construction and additions and for some tenant finish/remodel projects.

Interior Renderings Digital illustrations of the design facilitate a clear understanding of your project before construction begins and is the best method to significantly reduce the problem of last minute changes after construction begins and unnecessary charges.

Schematic CAD Drawings: The concepts are developed into alternative schemes to study design and technical alternatives for the project. A design scheme is selected and developed. Program and functional relationships are finalized in plan. Selections are made for primary materials, structure, building enclosure, lighting and mechanical systems. Major elements are illustrated using sketches and perspectives. The completed schematic design documents will define the size, appearance and project scope of work. An outside capital cost of construction review will be completed at the end of this phase.

Deliverables from the Schematic Design  phase may include:

  • Finalize Project Program Document
  • Established Design Criteria Document
  • Completed Current surveys and studies needed to complete project
  • Updated Project Schedule Document
  • Updated Project Cost Document
  • Finalize list of Equipment and Use Requirements
  • Finalize Distiller’s Process Description
  • Renderings of key views in Project Program
  • Floorplans, sections and elevations with overall dimensions.
  • Design documents will define the size, appearance and project scope of work

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