An article posted to New Belgium Brewing Company‘s website states that construction on the the new Asheville facility is “75 percent complete.” The brewery expects to begin the process of brewing at the 18 acre site on Craven Street near the River Arts District by the end of the year, and will be open to the public in early 2016.
New Belgium estimates there are currently 1,245,675,001 moving parts and people involved in building the 127,000 square foot brewery and 6,000 square foot liquid center, according to the blog post. They follow up with an interview with Jared Wheatley, assistant project manager with Adolfson & Peterson Construction, which serves as the general contractor of the project.
According to Wheatley, the most difficult aspect of the construction to this point has been preparing the site to bear the load of the fermentation tanks, delivered to the site earlier this year. The fermentation tanks, when installed and filled, will weigh over one million pounds each.
Wheatley also states that there are multiple companies working on-site to keep the project on schedule, with anywhere from 150 to 200 people working in coordination with A&P to prepare site infrastructure and facilities to begin operation.
“In the end, construction is a communication game,” says Wheatley. “You need to make sure you have all the right parties in the room and then make sure everyone is aligned with the culture and the critical path to meet New Belgium’s goals.”
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