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  Liberty Microbrewery

Liberty MicrobreweryConstruction Manager

D. J. Maltese Corporation
886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170


Steven C. Flum, Inc.
4147 Trumbull Avenue, #100, Detroit, MI 48208

General Description

Location: Plymouth, Michigan
Date Bid: Feb 2008
Construction Period: Mar 2008 to Oct 2008
Total Square Feet: 3,425 Site: 2,200 square feet.
Number of Buildings: One.
Building Size: Garage, 56; basement, 953; first floor, 1,092; second floor, 1,324; total, 3,425 square feet.
Building Height: Garage, 10’; basement, 8’6”; first floor, 10’8”; second floor, 10’; total, 20’8”
Basic Construction Type: Addition. Foundation: Cast-in-place. Exterior Walls: CMU, brick. Roof: Membrane. Floors: Concrete, wood.  Interior Walls: CMU, wood stud drywall.

Construction Team

Structural Engineer: Yeager Engineering - 5-80 Abington, Troy, MI 48098
Cost Estimator: D. J. Maltese Corporation - 886 N. Mill Street, Plymouth, MI 48170

The D. J. Maltese Corporation, a full service construction manager, developed a conceptual plan and estimate to revitalize a closed bar and adjacent lot into a new microbrewery for a developer with a prospective tenant. The adjacent lot held a small building that was to be demolished along side a black painted two-story structure with a basement. The owner signed an agreement to proceed in February 2008.

The goal of the D.J. Maltese Corporation was to integrate a new addition to the existing building. An apartment was located on the second floor of the existing building and that was to remain. The design maintained the existing bar, a small kitchen and an ADA bathroom.

The basement of the new addition included a room for storage tanks, an office and a full bath. The first floor included a brew area visible from both the street and the existing bar area. The other areas of the first floor addition included a cold room, grain storage and hallway with a stairway to the second floor. The second floor of the addition includes an open ceiling area with a small service bar, two bathrooms and a second exit stair to the exterior.

The existing bar featured oak paneling, doors and trim and the same theme was continued in the new addition. The first and second floor has wood flooring, oak trim and doors with glass panels along the hallway exposing the brewing room. A wall of the brewing room (a fire wall separating the next building) is a brick style block wall of two tone colors in red and purple that matches the color in the existing building’s exterior. The wall continues up through the roof and is exposed at the second floor seating area. This all added to the brewery feel. The remaining walls include a wainscot of shaker style paneling and painted walls above.

The plan was to deliver a maintenance free building and a brick was selected based on a color that matched a two-tone block. One of the tones matched the existing building and the other matched the new brick. New barrel shaped coach lights were installed for exterior lighting.

The project was completed in October 2008. The owner and tenant are very pleased with the outcome and with the D.J. Maltese Corporation.


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