Freeland Spirits Distillery

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

6,000 Sq Ft

Service

General Contracting

Program

Distillery

Completion

2016

Teams

O’Brien & Company

Laurence Ferar and Associates, Inc.

This was a project we were particularly proud to build as Freeland Spirits is one of very few women owned and run distilleries in history. In fact, less than 2% of distilleries are owned by women. Freeland Distillery celebrates women made products and the gifts the PNW has to offer while working to break down barriers and stereotypes in an industry that’s historically dominated by men.

The location is equipped for a full distillery, open to the public for tours. The tasting room has modern fixtures, furniture, and lots of light paired with plants to provide a fantastic ambiance for all its visitors. The covered patio is also cozy all year round with heaters, umbrellas, plants, and barrels.

one of few Women-owned distilleries

Breakside Brewery NW Slabtown

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

5,000 Sq Ft

Program

Brewery Hospitality

Completion

2017

Teams

O’Brien & Company

We partnered with Breakside Brewery to complete their NW Slabtown location. Built inside a retail space with a rooftop deck for outside dining and a high-end bar, the build-out also featured Breakside’s unique ten-barrel brewing system and a full-production kitchen, all within a relatively small footprint.

O’Brien took over from another company and finished the project quickly. We were honored to contribute to the space, which is a standout among Portland’s microbreweries, and we are currently partnering again with Breakside on a couple of their upcoming new buildings.

Breakside rendering

Process

Estacada CBD Extraction, Refinery and Packaging Facility

Location

Estacada, OR

SCALE

23,000 Sq Ft

Service

General Contracting

PROGRAM

Distillery/

Commercial/

Manufacturing

Completion

2018

Teams

O’Brien & Company

When approached to complete a CBD extraction/refinement facility, we were excited to partner with a company that is making a meaningful impact on our community.

According to a Forbes Health article, benefits of CBD oils include offset of anxiety and depression, treatment of select epilepsy syndromes, reduction of PTSD symptoms, alleviation of ALS symptoms and more.

The $1.1 million CBD extraction and refinement facility was built in Estacada, Oregon. The building was a transformation of a pre-engineered metal building and seismic retrofit of the existing two-story building. The build began with the construction of a new internal structure to support all the overhead equipment.

Other elements included the construction of a complete C1D1 CBD extraction, short path distillation and refinement facility with an industrial kitchen, packaging, shipping, and receiving areas.

Along with a full ethanol extraction lab, the building also involved a chemical storage/refinement suite, a packaging/shipping facility, and a kitchen. The new 23,000 square foot facility includes additional finishes of the property such as a freezer room, a testing/compliance room, administrative offices, restrooms, corridors, and equipment platform.

Process

Location

Portland, OR

SCALE

7,000 Sq Ft

Service

General Contracting

Program

Distillery/Commercial

Completion

2019

Teams

O’Brien & Company

EMA Architecture

Bridgetown Brew System

As the name suggests, Shine Distillery & Grill doubles as a full-service restaurant and distillery—one of only a handful in Oregon.

Floor-to-ceiling distilling tanks create a captivating sight for patrons, and the rooftop patio offers a retreat from the pace of the lively surrounding neighborhood.

With EMA Architects design, we worked to revamp the bones of an existing building on North Williams Street to build out the new Shine Distillery & Grill.

The attractive, fashionable interior uses local elements, including repurposed burnt wood from the original structure to create the bar.

The eye-catching 130-gallon still located inside the restaurant was custom-designed locally by Bridgetown Brew Systems, Shine Distillery, and EMA Architecture, and assembled by our contracting team.
The custom micro-still reaches a height of 20 feet has the capacity to produce 60 gallons of ethanol a day. The steel and copper marvel was intentionally encased in glass, allowing patrons and passers-by to see the ins and outs of our distilling process.
Co-owners, Jon Poteet and Ryan Ruelos were on CNN Live with Don Lemon and shared their story about the hand cleaner they made in-house to give to our local community during a pandemic.

Brew Dr. Kombucha Facility and Offices

Location

Tualatin, OR

SCALE

50,000 Sq Ft

Service

General Contracting

PROGRAM

Distillery/

Commercial/

Manufacturing

Completion

2018

Teams

O’Brien & Company

EMA Architecture

We have completed a variety of projects for Brew Dr. Kombucha over the last few years totaling up to $14.5 million.

Outgrowing their original space, Brew Dr. Kombucha looked to our firm to help renovate a 50,000 square foot warehouse into a new kombucha processing facility with distilling in Tualatin, Oregon.

The facility included the installation of three Spinning Cone Columns (SCC stills), a massive cooler, more than 80 large fermentation tanks and other brewery equipment. This unique distilling system was brought from Australia, to completely extract the alcohol from the kombucha. No one else in the U.S. is doing this currently, making Brew Dr. advanced in their process and producing a quality product. Construction of a new bottling and canning line and administrative offices was also a large aspect of the new facility.

During the build, our project team developed solutions from cost-saving reusable air ventilation to complex mechanical configuring to promote the most efficient and profitable output for the operation.