Smith Consulting Architects, in concert with Serbia Consulting Group, a La Jolla-based corporate real estate consulting and project management firm, have been assisting two local craft brewers with their facility expansion projects.
White Labs, a micro brewery since the early 1990s, tapped Smith Consulting and Serbia Consulting for its newly purchased 14,400-square-foot building within the Mark II Business Park at 9495 Candida St. in Mira Mesa. The building was sold in the spring for $1.8 million and leased to White Labs.
The remodeling project involved design and build-out of clean room production facilities with steam, CIP, and compressed air; lab spaces; distribution areas; offices; and a classroom for educating about the craft beer industry.
The project was completed in July 2011.
With offices in California and Colorado, White Labs provides pure yeast and fermentation services not only for brewers, but also for winemakers, distillers and various fermentation businesses.
The company moved to its larger facility from a former location in the Miramar area.
White Labs President Chris White and company Vice President Lisa White provided project oversight.
The project team for the new White Labs facility consisted of Serbia Consulting as the project manager and Smith Consulting as architect/space planner.
Engineering services were provided by Pacific Rim Mechanical for mechanical/plumbing, Bergelectric for electrical, and Good & Roberts as the general contractor.
Todd Davis of Cassidy Turley BRE Commercial was the broker
Ballast Point, a San Diego homegrown brewing company, required increased capacity to meet growing demand for its beer.
The solution was doubling their facility to 23,600 square feet by expanding into the second half of its existing building in Scripps Ranch. The scope of work for the expansion project included the addition of a 3,500-square-foot cold storage room, additional fermenting tanks (photo), a new production line, as well as general upgrades to the building and site.
Smith Consulting worked with Russ Gibbon at the City of San Diego Development Services Department and Planning Division to achieve cost effective approaches to multiple project challenges.
“We were able to re-specify the uses per code, allowing the facility to be completely open and the view of the brewing process to be much more impressive,” said Mark Langan, vice president of Smith Consulting.
The project team for the Ballast Point expansion, completed in October of 2011, consisted of Serbia Consulting as project manager, Smith Consulting as architect/space planner. Engineering services were by Pacific Rim for mechanical/plumbing and Cooper Electric for electrical. Good & Roberts was the general contractor.
Established in 1996 by beer devotees Jack White and Yuseff Cherney, the company grew out of the Home Brew Mart, in Linda Vista.