Two unique Ledcor winery projects in California are the proud recipients of awards. Mending Wall Winery in Napa County is the winner of one of the Business Journal’s 2015 Top Projects in the North Bay awards in the Winery category, chosen from close to 50 nominations from across the North Bay. Richard’s Grove Pavilion in Sonoma County’s Russian River Valley won a Merit Award for Architecture at the 2015 AIA San Diego Design Awards, known as the ultimate recognition of design achievement for firms and projects in the San Diego region.
Ledcor, working with the architects from Asquared Studios, rose to multiple challenges in the construction of these projects, delivering results above expectations while maintaining focus and communication on the projects.
The Mending Wall Winery was a complete design-build project rehabilitating the vineyard property along the Silverado Trail’s agricultural terrain. The new facility is divided into three separate state-of-the-art functions: fermentation, barrel storage, and hospitality. Ledcor, and Asquared Studio had a challenge ahead of them, but were able to exceed expectations on a tight construction schedule combined with tough weather conditions.
In a nearly unheard-of turnaround time on a project of this size, groundbreaking took place in April 2014, with a harvest in the fall of the same year, and the tasting room open for appointments just one year later.
Using sustainable materials, earth tones, and a rustic chic décor, the facility lies low on the hillside so as to blend in with its native landscape. The interior, however, incorporates the latest wine production technology and is designed for an annual capacity of 50,000 gallons.
Richard’s Grove Pavilion was designed and constructed for flexibility of use, incorporating steel, glass, and redwood in order to maintain transparency with the natural elements and to honor the original vision for the vineyard. The signature hospitality and events pavilion is elevated to allow for seasonal flooding and features a beautifully restored rail car, with special delivery coordinated by Ledcor.
The project, designed for Jackson Family Wines, was completed with three custom steel doors. At 1588 kilograms (3,500 pounds) each, the doors are perfectly counterbalanced to pivot easily, and can be tilted up to provide a canopy, further showcasing the flexibility of the design and the multi-use potential.
In one short year, Richard’s Grove Pavilion has already hosted multiple events, such as the Sonoma County Farm Bureau’s annual awards dinner, 4-H receptions, auctions, fundraisers, and weddings.
Congrats to our Napa team for helping to confirm Ledcor’s and our client’s demonstrated spirit of innovation, quality, and sustainability in building.