Winery project is a first for KE

Sometimes it’s nice to expand your horizons.

Karpinski Engineering recently got a chance to do just that – providing mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design services for Gervasi Vineyard – the first winery project for our firm.

KE worked with Gervasi in Canton, Ohio for the design and construction of a new, two-floor, 13,000-SF building – The Crush House – which opens this month and allows for growth over a five-year period.

The building includes a small commercial kitchen, restaurant dining facility, bar area, private dining facility, temperature- and humidity-controlled wine barrel room, lab area for product testing and mixing, a bottle-filling room for corking and labeling, a bottle storage room, and a walk-in freezer for grape storage. Two wine production plant rooms – one for white wine and one for red – include infrastructure necessary for fermentation. Outside, a covered grape-crushing area is equipped with ceiling fans to prevent bees and other insects from populating the area.

Jeremy Bowers, mechanical associate and project manager at KE, said the project allowed him to see the entire wine production process – from the vineyard to the bottle.

“It was enjoyable because it was a new experience,” he said.

Karpinski Engineering's mechanical, electrical, and plumbing design supported various parts of the facility, including the commercial kitchen, dining areas, wine production, storage, and equipment. Some tasks included designing a water purification plant for wine production and lighting for production, storage, processing, dining, and back-of-house areas.

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