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Boulevard Brewing Company Cellar 1 Expansion / El Dorado Inc

  • Architects: El Dorado Inc
  • Location: Kansas City, Missouri, United States
  • Principal: Josh Shelton, AIA
  • Senior Associate: Chris Burk, Steve Salzer, AIA
  • General Contractor: Haren Laughlin Construction
  • Project Year: 2012
  • Photographs: Mike Sinclair

© Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair © Mike Sinclair

From the architect. Boulevard Brewing Company desired a fast-track process for design and construction for an expansion project that would add (8) 40’-0” tall tanks to a 15’-0” tall existing structure. The tanks, planned for the production of hops beer, needed to be accessed 24 hours a day to regulate the addition of ingredients. BBC selected a project team assembled by an architect-led design-build delivery process to execute a complex assembly of components within very tight quarters. From the onset of the design process, the architect-builder had to plan the project to allow all adjacent space to remain open throughout construction.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair

During Schematic Design, the architect-builder discovered an underground river within a 1920’s culvert running under the north corner of the existing structure. The architect embraced this constraint, allowing historic infrastructure to shape the new expansion into a dynamic form that directly engages a busy intersection emerging from a nearby train overpass. The Cellar One Expansion serves dual functions. It provides a functionally sound, naturally illuminated space for the new tanks. The expansion also rises as a celebrated light monitor, providing natural illumination to existing adjacent brewing space below. Careful placement of perforated screening eliminates unwanted heat gain from the brewing process.

© Mike Sinclair
© Mike Sinclair
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