An interesting example of a design/build winery project is Stryker Sonoma located on Hwy. 128 in Geyersville. The project includes construction of a premium winery and two residential structures. The design/build team was comprised of Bill Zeeb of LeDuc & Dexter, Bell Products-HVAC, Napa Electric, Rob Main of The Engineering Partnership with Warren Bowers-estimator, Sam Turner – project manager 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, there was no winemaker aboard yet 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. In this case Bill Zeeb was the winemaker by proxy. Warren Bowers explains, “LeDuc & Dexter 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’s professionalism and their response to the owner’s concerns.”
Since LeDuc & Dexter has a commercial and residential department, they installed all the plumbing in the two residences along with the winery. All three structures have Hydronic heating and cooling systems. Bill Zeeb had this to add, “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 have joined with Andrews & Thornley on another winery project, Ladera, located in Angwin in the Napa Valley.