From the Client
From the building design to the wine itself, The Bryant Family Winery is unique.
LeDuc & Dexter was able to contribute its expertise in plumbing, heating, and cooling systems to this ultimately beautiful and challenging building. The winery is located in the Napa Valley, near Lake Hennessey.
A Master Architect
The winery’s architect, Keith Burnham, was previously with international architectural firm HOK and had worked on many sports stadium designs for the firm, including Camden Yards in Baltimore, Coors Field in Denver, and Pac Bell Park in San Francisco. Keith worked closely with owner Don Bryant, winemaker Helen Turley, and Design Architect Gyo Obata to design the winery. Keith and Don met in San Francisco when Keith was still with HOK. “There are some days on this job that I’m not sure I want to say I’m the architect”, jokes Burnham, “but that comes with the territory. On the other hand, this is exciting, it’s a unique opportunity to build something you drew the plans for.” Burnham describes the winery as “a building in the round with posts and beams and a lot of glass.”
“There are some days on this job that I’m not sure I want to say I’m the architect”, jokes Burnham, “but that comes with the territory. On the other hand, this is exciting, it’s a unique opportunity to build something you drew the plans for.” Burnham described the winery as “a building in the round with posts and beams and a lot of glass.”
LeDuc & Dexter’s Role as Plumbing Contractor
Bill Zeeb, Commercial Manager at LeDuc & Dexter, noted that the location of the winery was a challenge for everyone involved in the construction project:
“Because it is being built in a rather exclusive area with neighbors nearby, access to the site is tough. Tony Watson, who I’ve known for years, is doing a great job keeping things moving in and out and around the site, he’s like an orchestra leader.”
Tony Watson was the superintendent for James Nolan Construction, overseeing the job site.
Zeeb described the plumbing contract at Bryant Family Winery as, “straight forward”, but added that the construction as a whole was rather complex. The winery building is adjacent to a mined cave that serves as the barrel storage area—said Keith Burnham, “The cave will give us a good temperature for the wine”.
The system that LeDuc & Dexter installed for heating and cooling the winery structure consists of chilled or heated water that runs through a coil system and is distributed by electric fans.
“It’s similar to a radiator with the heated water being pushed out by the fan,” Keith Burnham said. “Of course, in the other case, the chilled water provides cooling temperatures.”
LeDuc & Dexter also installed all the process piping, cooling lines, gas, and compressed air lines for the winery.
Helen Turley, Bryant Family Winery’s highly regarded winemaker, makes only 2,500 cases of Estate Cabernet Sauvignon per year.
LeDuc & Dexter was proud to work with James Nolan Construction on another one-of-a-kind winery, Nickel & Nickel in Oakville.
LeDuc & Dexter – Wine Country Plumbing Contractors
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