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  1. I was speaking with Bill Owens recently and he mentioned that he has seen some strange requests from officials in order to "comply" with the local building and fire codes. I am working in this area and am interested in collecting information on some of these unusual requests. What have you been asked to do that seemed excessive or was well beyond what the written code required? Maybe we can help others avoid your situation.
  2. Hello friends, Looking for info on fire seperation required between distillery: F1 (moderate hazard manufacturing) and tasting room: M (mercantile) tasting room is less than 10% of total square footge if that maters. Greatly appreciate any help you can offer.
  3. Hello! We're a Seattle-based architecture and design firm that specializes in distillery and alcoholic beverage production projects across the country. We recently completed the new home for Westland Distillery (see PDF below), the largest single malt whiskey distillery in in Washington State. We were a featured speaker at the recent ADI conference in Seattle, and are currently working on projects in Tumwater, WA, Edmonds, WA, Tacoma, WA and Lawton, OK. What we do. From telling your company's story through unique front-of-house guest experiences, to office spaces that foster teamwork, to LEAN optimized production and aging facilities, we design projects to strategically increase efficiency, sales, and brand loyalty. We have in-depth working knowledge of the International Fire, Mechanical, and Building Codes that most jurisdictions enforce, as well requirements of the TTB and state liquor boards. We also have extensive experience navigating complex Land Use codes. We work with producers and governing jurisdictions to design thoughtful, safe, and forward-thinking facilities. We manage relationships between equipment manufacturers, design and engineering teams, and general contractors. And last, your customers want to know what you're doing to decrease your ecological footprint. The truth is, buildings are deeply implicated in the consumption of our limited natural resources. Through elegant design and innovative problem solving, we create facilities that consume less and last longer - and we help you tell that story. No project is too big or too small - if you've got specific code-related questions, are just beginning to look for a space to launch your distillery, or are on your 3rd iteration - feel free to email, call, or contact me through this forum. Thanks in advance, we're looking forward to contributing here! Mark www.urbanadd.com Westland Distillery.pdf
  4. For those of you out there operating in an F1 Occupancy (without sprinklers). What size still do you have? And how do you abide by MAQs? What size barrels do you use? The way I see it is that there is no way to justify having a still with a capacity larger than 150 gal. Anything larger and the 30 gallon limit will be exceeded while proofing. This also limits the barrel size to 15 gallons for the same reason. Am I on the right track?
  5. Hey, all I've poring over the fire code here in my town (Fort Collins, CO), and it's nice because they have recognized that craft distilleries are going to be popping up all over and have compiled a very useful handout with the relevant codes on it. It is for the most part, very self-explanatory. The local fire marshall is known to be a stickler, though, and I want to be as safe and compliant as possible, so I have a question for anyone out there who might have some knowledge. I have a friend who is a blacksmith, and I really want him to manufacture my still. The problem with this is, I have found some code requirements I'm not sure how to meet. I'll quote them: "Process poping in connection to boilers and pressure vessels shall be regulated by the International Mechanical Code. Piping, tubing, valves and fittings shall be identified in accordance with ASME A13.1 to indicate material conveyed" ....This one seems a little tricky, but I'm guessing if I look up that ASME code I'll be able to get a handle on it. These are a little less straight-forward, though: "The design, fabrication and construction of tank(s) shall comply with NFPA 30. Each tank shall bear a permanent nameplate or marking indicating the standard used as the basis of design. Tanks shall be designed for the pressures to which they will be subjected in accordance with NFPA 30." ....here's what I wonder: does this mean my friend will have to get some NFPA rating or inspection? Or does it simply mean he needs to document the methods in which he complied with those standards? I'd kind of like to get somewhat of a handle on this before I approach him to tell him this is part of the bargain. Thanks in advance for any advice. I'm really hoping I can have a traditional-looking (yet modern in usage) still as a center-piece for my stillhouse. One of those awesome-looking stainless steel behemoths just wouldn't fit the motif. FourCent
  6. Hey, I've been looking for clarification on the chronological order for opening a distillery ... mostly I want to ask if you have to actual sign a lease before you can start the paperwork or if you can sign a contingent lease? So.. 1) have building inspected by fire marshall, ttb for bond approval, fda? 2) sign lease, business licenses etc, 3) file bond approval 4) file for Fed and state DSP approval 5) upon receipt of DSP, begin spirits production, file for formulation approval 6) file COLA once formula is approved 7) sell products? overly simplified, I'm aware. Mostly looking for a generalized timeline. I currently work for a small distillery so I'm familiar with the laws post licensing, but I wasn't around for the beginning. I'm also aware that different states/counties have significantly different practices for dealing with these issues. Thanks in advance for any comments or further questions. Also, much thanks to anyone that can direct me to an existing thread for this topic, as I'm sure it's been asked before - I just can't seem to find it. NAB
  7. We've run into a catch-22 beween the security requirements and our fire code. The TTB has some pretty specific requirements about padlocks to go on entrances to storage areas, or for large tanks. They go into detail about what sort of padlocks to get here: http://ecfr.gpoacces...1.1.15.7.171.12 (CFR 27.19.192) However as our locksmith and local fire inspector both pointed out, we can't padlock our front door because of the potential for someone to be locked inside. Our facility has a roll-up door and a side office door. The only fire exit is through that front door. The locksmith recommended a storeroom-type lock that locks automatically and always requires a key to open. I'm also planning on installing a security system. Has anyone else had experience finding a compromise here? I'm intending to specify a variance on the application explaining my "unusual" lock, but wanted to check and see what y'alls thought are about this were. Thanks! Rim Vilgalys