Cary & Associates Builders, Inc.
112 Pine Breeze Lane, Sebastopol, CA 95472
Location: Graton, California
Date Bid: Oct 2008 Construction Period: Oct 2008 to July
2009 Total Square Feet: 26,000 Site: —
Number of Buildings: Two canopies.
Building Size: Canopy A, 21,600; Canopy B, 4,400; total, 26,000
Building Height: 30’7”. Basic Construction Type: New.
Foundation: Pier & grade beam, slab-on-grade. Exterior Walls:
Pre-engineered building. Roof: Metal. Floors:
Concrete. Interior Walls: Metal girts & metal ties.
Architect: Marc Matulich, Architect - 62 Brookwood Avenue, #B,
Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Structural Engineer: Ty Fiscus, Engineer - P.O. Box 393, Graton,
Sonoma Wine Company is a local contract wine production company located
in Graton, California and a member of the Sonoma County Green Business
program. Due to the continued growth of their business, and the need to
redirect rain water away from their process waste system they found
themselves in need of covering existing and new wine storage and
blending tanks. These tanks hold approximately 50 million dollars worth
of unbottled wine at any given time. The challenge was to develop and
install a structure that would cover these tanks without interrupting
normal business activities and/or cause any damage to the wine tanks
Cary & Associates has experience in designing, purchasing and installing
both large and small canopies over existing wine storage tank pads, as
well as other industrial applications. They were able to use the
Design/Build method to design, engineer and install two large canopies
totaling 26,000 square feet in size. Major portions of these canopies
were built on the ground adjacent to the tank pad and then lifted into
place using cranes. By building each section of the roof structure on
the ground it enabled the winery to continue operations during the
construction of the canopies.
Believe it or not the building of the canopies was not the largest
challenge on the project, it was dealing with the ground water and pour
soils conditions. With the aid of engineers, Cary & Associates looked at
multiple footing and foundation designs that would support the structure
and yet still come in under Sonoma Wine Company's budget. They ended up
using spread footings and grade beams to accomplish part of the project,
tying some of them into existing foundations to add even more support.
This is one example of the benefits of Design/Build. Cary & Associates
believes that the Design/Build approach is the best avenue for both
client and contractor. It allows all planning, specifying, designing,
estimating and construction to be combined under a single source of
responsibility to provide improved handling of solutions with
significantly better value than other construction methods.
Cary & Associates believes that pairing specific design professionals
with each client provides a more stable platform and assures a
successful outcome. With Sonoma Wine Company, this meant a
well-engineered and successful placement of an extremely large canopy
without losing any wine!
With 27 years in the industry, Bob Cary has used the Design/Build option
combined with the strength of steel buildings to produce some beautiful
Pre-Engineered Building: Metallic Building Company