A study conducted by researchers at Washington State University states that two-thirds of the square footage of the winery buildings observed was dedicated to production and storage. The remaining third was served as office and retail space.
SteelMaster’s metal Quonset huts have an open floor plan, something many existing structures do not offer, especially if you’re renting out a space. This means winery owners design the layout of the entire building, including:
- Office space
- Storage rooms
- Production area
- Tasting room
Not only does the column-free interior allow you store your product, you can also store wine making equipment, including:
- Wine tanks
- Grape destemmers
- Corking machines
- Wine presses
- Wine Pumps
- Vineyard equipment
- Cleaning and sanitation equipment
Washington State University’s study found that operating a winery costs between nearly $600,000 and $2.3 million depending on its size. The study showed that building and land costs accounted for the largest percentage of total investment costs.
The cost of a SteelMaster prefabricated metal structures is lower than a traditional style building primarily due to ease of construction. When the prefabricated arches arrive, you’ll receive most of what you need to put your structure together.
Most buildings can be easily assembled with just the help of a small crew. Larger projects will require more equipment to construct. Our buildings only require the use of one size nut and bolt, and bolting the arches together is simple. This cuts down on the time it takes to build, which decreases labor costs.
A key to making a great wine is being able to control the climate. Insulating your building can help maintain the proper temperature and humidity for long-term wine storage.
There are several types of insulation, including loose-fill, blanket insulation or spray foam insulation. While planning the design of your building, it’s important to be mindful of the insulation option with the highest R-Value, which is the power to prevent heat transfer, as well as its permeability, which determines how susceptible your building will be to condensation.
Insulated metal buildings are protected by a vapor barrier that reduces the amount of condensation inside of the structure. Insulating a metal building in a colder climate will protect it from condensation caused by exposure to ice and frost. Those who live in warmer climates want to reduce the heat that caused by solar radiation.