Ground preparation begins on distillery building site

Workers were much closer to building up the soil pad for the foundation of the new distillery building that will be erected at 201 N. Madison St. in the coming months. The Coastal Bend Distillery is hoping the building will be finished and distilling equipment will be installed by end of next spring.

BEEVILLE – Construction began on the Coastal Bend Distilling Co.’s distillery building last week.

However, work stalled almost as soon as it began because the ground at the property at 201 N. Madison St. was sopping wet after recent rains.

Roth Construction of Victoria began testing the soil and initiating the site preparation to ensure the proper footing for the foundation of the distillery building.

The building will be located on the northern part of the lot, and the existing Grant Building will remain where it is.

That building, once known as Skidmart Hardware and Grant Lumber before that, has been renovated and will remain as it is to serve as a venue for music concerts, public and private events.

The facility already has bookings for private events this year.

According to a press release announcing the start of the construction on the distillery building, Rawley McCoy & Associates (RMA) of Victoria has been in charge of the design for the project. Roth Construction is the general contractor.

The company explained that construction of the new building has been delayed since the March groundbreaking because of “hindrances with state and local permitting.”

After the proper footing for the foundation of the distillery building has been assured, the contractor will have the foundation poured and the framing built.

The plan is to have metal siding installed on the exterior walls.

Then the framing will be built for the interior walls as electrical and plumbing lines are installed.

The final jobs on the inside will be finishing out the interior and placing the distillery equipment.

Lindsay Horton, director of marketing for the distillery, said the building will be designed to “reflect the heritage and style of South Texas.”

The building will be equipped with a tasting room, a processing area, a gift shop and a meeting room.

Guests will be able to immerse themselves with the full experience of a distillery during tours and guided tastings.

The distillery building is being designed by Patrick Ohrt, the lead architect of RMA Architects.

Horton said his design of the new building is planned to work in conjunction with the existing Grant Building.

“RMA Architects is honored to be a part of the design team for Coastal Bend Distilling Co.,” Ohrt said. “The owners are great to work with, know what they want and understand what it takes to get there.”

The company anticipates the new distillery building to be ready for business by spring of 2018. The distillery staff can then begin the distilling process, and a later date will be set for public opening.

Computer users are invited to check the company’s website and Facebook page by going to www.coastalbenddistillingco.com.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at reporter@mySouTex.com.

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