800 Barrel Addition – Completed 2014
Two Hearted Fermentation Additions – Completed 2015
To keep pace with Bell’s Innovative Brewing philosophy, John Mallett, the Director of Operations with Bell’s Brewery, Inc. challenged the Byce Structural Engineering team to explore innovative ways to support their 400bbl and 800bbl fermentation tanks. Often, large fermentation tanks are supported from structural steel beams and columns arranged in a tight framework. Through the design phase, we determined that Cast In Place Concrete fit not only the innovative nature of Bell’s Philosophy, but also provided the most cost competitive structural solution.
The 2015 Expansion at Bell’s added (16) 400bbl Two Hearted Fermentation Tanks and capacity for (48) 800bbl Fermentation Tanks. The support structure for the Two Hearted Tanks consisted of 24″x24″ cast in place concrete columns cantilevered up from the shallow foundation system. The support structure for the 800bbl tanks consisted of a 30″ thick solid structural slab supported by 24″x24″ cast in place columns bearing on an auger-cast pile foundation system.