People love microbreweries in this college town and as an architect, I enjoy revitalizing vacant sites like the Columbia Craft Brewery Company located in downtown Columbia SC. The project was finished spring 2018 and is now open! To enhance a feeling of community we added glass walls that separate the spaces on the side of the bar. This gives people a window into the facility; they can still see what’s going on behind the scenes, and wooden walls elsewhere still ensure an earthy aesthetic.
Also as the owner, Richard and his boys love dogs, they wanted to welcome dogs to enjoy the space outside the brewery. To realize this idea, we created a grass area that also met code, which required a certain amount of sodded or permeable surfaces. This also helped us meet the stormwater runoff requirements. Now, brewery-lovers and dog-lovers alike can sit out there on a blanket or foldout chair!