With distilleries spread across all parts of the state, the bourbon industry is one of Kentucky’s foremost claims to fame. Headquartered in the Bluegrass State, East & Westbrook’s team of construction experts regularly tackle distillery concrete and construction projects with a variety of both local and international known brands, including Heaven Hill, Jim Beam, Woodford Reserve, and Diageo (Bulleit).
Distillery construction is often similar to the work we do in heavy industrial environments, making our team feel right at home. As such, these jobs require a high level of accuracy and safety, careful attention to detail, and skillful employees who react quickly to shifting changes and demands throughout potentially lengthy projects, or within a compressed time frame. Distillery projects also require coordination of concrete work through process piping, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing scopes. Additionally, typical distillery foundations and slabs are quite substantial and heavily reinforced to withstand the loads of large tanks and process equipment.
Working with various clients throughout the years, we’ve completed a large array of distillery-related projects. For Diageo (Bulleit) East & Westbrook constructed 3 barrel storage warehouses totaling 165,000 ft², a pump house featuring 30 ft turbine shaft walls, and a 60,000 ft², 5-story distillery as well. Additionally, we managed the installation of insulated metal panels and roofing for the distillery building, utility building and turbine/pump house building. Due our continued reliability as a distillery sub-contractor, we look forward to the construction of yet another new 55,000 ft² barrel warehouse, scheduled for completion in 2016.
Woodford Reserve, another fine Kentucky bourbon brand, needed an efficient and experienced commercial concrete contractor to install drilled caissons, turn-down slabs and provide a quality finish for the warehouse floors. E&W was the selected concrete contractor to construct two 90,000 ft² barrel storage warehouses and a 30,000 ft² barrel transfer building.
By playing such a substantial role in the creation and preservation of new and existing distilleries around Kentucky, East & Westbrook does its part to preserve one of the state’s greatest traditions. The team is very proud to be a part of the booming bourbon industry in Kentucky.