Standing Tall

Saturday, June 15, 2013

... but standing them upright was another matter. The tallest of the tanks measures over 22', which left little room for error and required a deft touch when navigating the shooting boom forklift amongst the lights and ceiling fans.

Moving Day

Saturday, June 15, 2013

One by one the tanks were carried by fork lift into the new building. Getting them through the door proved to be the easy part (relatively speaking)...

One and done

Monday, June 10, 2013

 Mother Nature delivered punishing rains throughout the day, but she could not deter Laurent's team from offloading all 9 sea containers before sundown - an amazing feat for one day's work.

Arrival of the Tanks

Monday, June 10, 2013

 Last week 9 sea containers were offloaded at the Port of Baltimore after a long journey that originated in South Africa. Earlier this morning, trucks carrying the containers began arriving at the winery where Laurent and his crew were waiting. Here is a picture of the first tank being unloaded.

Mounting the Cupola

Friday, June 7, 2013

Over the course of the past month we have seen the completion of the stone work on the east and west exterior facades, as well as the board and batten siding on the building's remaining exterior. The Durex floor was poured in the tank cellar, sheetrock was hung and painted throughout the building's interior, the mechanical equipment was installed on the rooftop yard, and the cupola was mounted on the tank cellar roof. Plumbers and electricians have begun trim outs, and the stone masons and Kinsley's site crew have shifted their attention to grounds work around the building. Our new tanks and catwalks have arrived from South Africa, and next week the mighty Laurent Desfarges will begin moving everything into the cellar.

Building the Cupola

Thursday, June 6, 2013

The Chiller being hoisted onto the rooftop yard

Monday, June 3, 2013

Stonework Begins

Thursday, May 2, 2013

After several days of prep work, the mason began setting the stone on the west wall of the winery today. The stone will extend from grade to just above the upper row of windows on both the east and west walls. This will make the new winery match the big barn in materials, as well as shape and color.

Roofing Contractors

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Roofing contractors installing the standing seam roof.

HVAC Contractors

Thursday, May 2, 2013

HVAC contractors installing ductwork.

Timber Crew 2

Thursday, May 2, 2013

Timber crew installing timbers on the Processing Porch.

Timber Crew

Thursday, May 2, 2013

A lot has happened since our last post! Kinsley's main objective was to get the roof on the building by the second week of March.  Pouring floors was another major hurdle, and literally paved the way for contractors to begin work on the inside.  Over the past two months we have seen teams of electricians, plumbing and HVAC contractors, timber framers, roofers and lots of concrete trucks all working together in harmony (well, most of the time). The building is really taking shape now, and Kinsley is right on schedule for a June 10th completion date leading up to the arrival of the tank fabricator from South Africa, the might Laurent Desfarges. Enjoy these photos of what's been taking place during the past two months.

The timber crew installing timbers (and later a roof) on the loading dock.

Processing Porch

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Concrete was poured today for the processing porch. This will be a covered porch off the north face of the tank cellar where all fruit processing will take place. The 2013 harvest will be the first in Boordy's history where we will have a roof over our heads during processing, not to mention adequate lighting for those long nights!


Friday, March 1, 2013

For the past week Kinsley has been fastening the plywood sheathing to the studs.  Here's a view looking west.  On the left is the extension warehouse that will serve as the shipping room.  On the right is the tank cellar.  And the middle section will house the winery laboratory on one end and a temperature controlled storage room on the other.

A Different View

Friday, March 1, 2013

Here is a view of the building looking east, with the main barn to the left.

A Connection Is Made

Friday, February 22, 2013

The crane was also used to erect these massive steel beams for the storage room connecting the tank cellar to the existing warehouse.  The roof of this room will be home to the mechanical equipment responsible for heating and cooling the entire building.

Moving Forward

Friday, February 22, 2013

In just three days the Kinsley crew set all the trusses for the tank cellar and shipping room, as well as the steel beams for the storage room/rooftop mechanical yard; an amazing feat even under perfect conditions.  The next few weeks will be spent roughing in utlities and enclosing the entire structure so that the concrete floor can be poured.

Finishing Touch

Thursday, February 21, 2013

You might be wondering from some of the previous pictures why the tops of the trusses are flat.  Because they are so large, they had to be transported in two sections in order to comply with Highway Dept. restrictions.  After the main frame is set, the top triangles are then added to complete each truss.

More Trusses

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Mother Nature delivered high winds today, which made setting the trusses a didfficult and rather precarious task.  Nevertheless, Kinsley made good progress and had nearly all the trusses set by the end of the day.

#1 Truss

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

One up, forty-six to go...

Roof Trusses

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

During the past week the west wall foundation was poured, block was laid, and the steel studs were erected.  Roof trusses, and the crane for setting them both arrived yesterday.  Today the trusses started going up.  Kinsley Construction only has the crane rented until the end of the week, and with snow/freezing rain forecast for this afternoon and high winds tomorrow, the pressure is on to get all the trusses in place before the weekend.

Extra Room

Monday, February 11, 2013

Wood framing has also been erected for the 42' x 16' extension to our existing warehouse, which will serve as our shipping room for packaging and sending wine club and online orders!

Wet Winter

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Mother Nature hasn't made things easy for the steel crew, but despite her tempermental ways the tank cellar walls are now 75% complete.  Before they can finish, the concrete crew must come back and complete the foundation for the west wall which was left open for equipment access.

Bad Weather Coming

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

The east wall of the tank cellar is up! With wind and rain in the forecast over the next two days, the crew took extra precautions to anchor the wall in place.

Going Vertical

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Stud erection began for the tank cellar today, and what a day it is! Perfectly calm and 65 degrees ofers ideal working conditions for installing the 22' vertical studs.  Hard to believe that a three-man crew will have all four walls of the tank cellar built in a week! Why steel? ...within the tank cellar will be a 2-ton hoist that will deliver grapes via satellite tank to the red fermentation tanks after the fruit has been sorted.  The hoist will travel along a massive steel beam, which will be aligned directly over top of the ten red fermentation tanks.  The added strength of the steel walls was necessary in order to support this load.

Foundation Work

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Foundation work commenced shortly after demolition and is now 90% complete. If you look closely in this photo you can see the first pieces of steel resting on top of the block, which will serve as the base plate for the steel studs. Drain pipes for the floor drains have also been installed, along with electrical conduit and sleeves for running lines between rooms. The building in the background of this picture is our existing warehouse and bottling facility and the new winery building will tie into this structure.

The Silo

Monday, October 22, 2012

A few stategically placed taps with the excavator bucket and the silo was down within minutes. It was then loaded into another dumpster destined for the same concrete recycling facility.

For more than three decades The Silo stood as a reminder of my grandfather's legacy as a livestock and grain farmer, and seeing it crumble to the ground was a somber reminder of how things have changed on Long Green Farm. My grandfather, Robert Deford Jr. (aka "Boom Boom") planted the first grapevines in 1965 in an effort to diversify his farm, and later helped my father, Robert Deford III, convert our 19th century dairy barn into the winery when they purchased Boordy in 1980.  Sadly he passed away in 1987, before many of the changes were implemented that makes Boordy the winery it is today. Standing there watching The Silo come down made me think of him, and how proud he would be of the steps Boordy has taken to reinforce its commitment of producing premium wines in Maryland.

A Sad Day

Monday, October 22, 2012

Then it was time for the silo. Demolishing this required a much defter approach given its proximity to the tanks.

Demolition continues

Monday, October 22, 2012

The walls were pushed over with an excavator, loaded into a dumpster and hauled away for recycling.

Construction Begins

Monday, October 22, 2012

The first order of business was to demolish the old heifer shed and silo to make room for the new building.  The demo company was literally a one-man wrecking crew.  The metal roof from the heifer shed was salvaged and donated to a nearby church and the trusses were punched out with a steel beam attached to a Bobcat.

A New Winery Building

Monday, October 22, 2012

During the last seven years at Boordy we have taken major steps aimed at exploring the finest quality achievable from our estate vineyards and our farm's winery.  The culmination of this initiative (dubbed "The Landmark Project" after our line of premium wines) is the construction of a 6800 sq. ft. winery building that will rise behind Boordy's main barn.

The exterior will be faithful to our farm's unique architecture; the interior will house a new laboratory, temperature controlled bottled wine storage, and thirty-two new stainless fermentation tanks that incorporate state-of-the-art technology for optimum wine quality.

The building will be highly energy efficient, and will have ample roof space for a future solar installation.  Our former winery area will be converted entirely to a barrel cellar for aging our premium wines.

Working with architects Henry and Pam Warfield, engineering firm Morris Ritchie & Associates, and Kinsley Construction, this project has been more than two years in the planning. Follow along with me as I track the building's progress, working towards completion in time for the 2013 vintage in the fall.