SOURCE: Kessel Construction

Kessel Construction

July 21, 2011 13:00 ET

Brewery Integrates Energy Efficiency and Architectural Style With Kessel Construction

LAKEWOOD, NY--(Marketwire - Jul 21, 2011) - When demand for Southern Tier Brewing Company's award-winning beer started to take off, owners Phineas and Sara DeMink selected Kessel Construction, one of the region's most respected design/build firms specializing in turnkey construction of commercial and industrial buildings, to construct the brewery's new facility.

After the decision was made to move forward with the new building, Kessel was the top choice. "They've been around for awhile, and they are great guys," Phineas said. "Simply put, we trust them, we like them, and they do nice work."

Designed with the express purpose of brewing innovative, high-quality beer for an expanding customer base, the new 19,250-square-foot facility was engineered to effectively serve as a showpiece, both in the bar and manufacturing areas where tours are regularly given.

From the building aspect, Butler Manufacturing's patented CMR-24® roof system was utilized to ensure a consistent weather-tight performance under demanding conditions. The CMR-24 accommodates the natural expansion and contraction that comes with daily and seasonal temperature changes and includes a layer of rigid insulation board and an interior steel liner. This liner gives the interior a finished look while protecting the roof's insulation and providing excellent energy savings.

The CMR-24 was combined with Kessel's interior composite wall to achieve a clean roof and wall combination and create a finished look inside and out. In addition to aesthetics, Kessel's composite wall was an excellent choice for durability, thermal performance, and ease of cleaning.

Butler's Shadowall™ system was selected for the exterior walls to create an architecturally pleasing appearance coupled with exceptional energy efficiency. Because the fasteners are recessed deep in the corrugation, the Shadowall system gives walls an attractive and uniform appearance.

Special attention was taken to ensure the components selected worked hand-in-hand with the unique interior design scheme, particularly in the pub area, which features distinctive woodwork, a vaulted ceiling, and hardware-free, peg-style craftsmanship.

"The guys at Kessel found smarter ways to do things," Phineas said. "For example, we took advantage of cost segregation," he said. A method utilized to improve cash flow and maximize tax deductions, cost segregation was suggested and employed with the new building and has proved to be a beneficial cost-saving measure.

A testament to the facility's quality and craftsmanship, Associated Builders and Contractors, Inc. (ABC) recognized the Southern Tier Brewing Company with an ABC Award of Excellence as part of the premier competition within the construction industry honoring outstanding construction projects across the nation.

In addition, just two years after the new facility was built, the Kessel team was contacted to construct another expansion to the brewery, which is currently underway and will add 50% to the size of the facility!

Based in Bradford, Pennsylvania, Kessel Construction, Inc. is a respected design/build firm specializing in turnkey construction of commercial and industrial buildings. Kessel's experience and reputation as a design-builder makes them uniquely qualified to handle every phase of the project -- from site preparation and design through construction completion.

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