From the Client
The project included construction of a premium winery and two residential structures. What made the project challenging was that no winemaker had yet been hired by the winery.
How were the design and building phases to progress efficiently without the input of the key position at the winery? LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing had the answer.
LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing brings winery plumbing expertise
The design/build team was comprised of Bill Zeeb of LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing; Bell Products HVAC; Napa Electric; and Rob Main of The Engineering Partnership with estimator Warren Bowers, project manager Sam Turner, and Tom Andrews, President of Andrews & Thornley General Contractors, Inc. The winery owners, Steve Gaskins and Craig McDonald, were also important members of the team.
Although the plans were shared closely with the owners from the outset of the project to include their input, no winemaker came aboard to contribute a viewpoint. Typically if a winemaker is part of the design/build team they would offer their preferences in terms of the way they would like to see the facility laid out, suitable to the way they like to work. This helps the winery in terms of overall organization and efficiency.
In the case of Stryker Sonoma, LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing’s own Bill Zeeb acted as the winemaker by proxy. Warren Bowers explains:
“LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing had past knowledge from working with winemakers and Bill Zeeb knew the needs of a winemaker. They were also knowledgeable and familiar with the intricacies of winery construction with things like concealment of piping and the layout of the crush pad and gas lines. Overall I was impressed with LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing’s professionalism and their response to the owner’s concerns.”
LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing was able to bring its past experience with wineries to fill a hole in the design process. Bill Zeeb knew what would help a winemaker operate efficiently and was able to share that knowledge with a new client.
Utilizing residential & commercial plumbing experience
Stryker Sonoma was also an interesting blend of residential and commercial plumbing services. The winery build included two residences, both of which needed residential plumbing designs and builds. Since LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing has both a commercial plumbing and a residential plumbing department, we installed all the plumbing in the two residences along with the winery. All three structures also come equipped with hydronic heating and cooling systems.
Bill Zeeb had this to add after all was said and done:
“This winery is a very attractive industrial facility. Even though we had a fast-paced schedule it was a pleasant and friendly atmosphere to work in, very enjoyable.”
LeDuc & Dexter Plumbing have joined with Andrews & Thornley on another winery project, Ladera, located in Angwin in the Napa Valley.
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