Outer Limits Brewing

Proctorsville, VT

Location was key to a couple’s dream for a brewery and restuarant in Windsor County, Vermont. Their plans solidified when they saw the old mill building on the Proctorsville village green. The 1850’s brick building had good bones, but had been vacant for two decades.

project at a glance

Category:Brewery
size:8,000 SF
owner:Tice, Shaw, & Shaw
GC:All Seasons Construction
scope:Plumbing, HVAC/R
contract value:$663,500
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Challenge

The old mill was beautiful, but it wasn’t designed to be a 21st-Century brewery, equipped with all the specialized piping systems and equipment that breweries need today. It would take an ambitious construction project to turn it into an English-style brewery and wood-fired pizza restaurant built for 160 people.

VHV’s challenge was to creatively configure all these factors without affecting the aesthetics of the building.

Solution

VHV built on previous brewery experience to design and install mechanical systems that would both be effective and out of sight. When customers drive by the Outer Limits building they don’t see the complex network of pipes and vents that help keep the building warm and the beer cold. The outside of the brick building looks like it did in the 1850’s.

VHV also organized the project with enough flexibility to incorporate the surprises that often come with demolition work in old buildings. When it was discovered that the concrete footings that support the main building were in bad shape and would need to be rebuilt, VHV re-routed piping and changed the elevation to avoid interference. VHV accomplished the task without delaying of the overall pace of the project.

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