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Little Miami Brewing Rooftop Deck & Addition

D.E.R. Development Company LLC

Posted: July 8, 2020 | Projects

Little Miami Brewing Company’s brewery opened in December 2017 and experienced immediate success, as it fit right in with Milford, Ohio’s charming small-town historical district.  

Photo Courtesy of D.E.R. Development Company LLC

The early "belt notches" recognized in the first 12 months after turning on the taps led LMBC to start planning an expansion, with a focus on additional indoor taproom space. They also wanted to create a more robust outdoor experience that would capitalize on their unique view, being situated atop the banks of the Little Miami River, a recognized national and state scenic waterway.

The construction type was structural steel, metal deck, cold formed metal framing and brick veneer.  Due to existing soil conditions, micropiles were deployed to depths of 30 – 40 feet below grade, topped off with concrete grade beams and a slab on grade.

Property owner and general contractor, D.E.R. Development, mobilized and started construction in August 2019, with plans to add 1,160 square feet of taproom space, along with a 1,600-square-foot rooftop deck. The rooftop had a larger footprint than the enclosed addition, and would provide cover for tables and chairs from inclement weather and hot sunny days.  

The added taproom area was simply one open room with sectional fully glazed openings, providing an open air feel and excellent circulation to a new brick-paver patio and natural gas fire pit overlooking the breathtaking Little Miami River below.  

To attenuate sounds produced from large gatherings and live music, K-13 acoustical spray insulation was applied to the underside of the steel structure. To match the existing taproom, the interior walls were veneered with a thin brick version of the full depth brick veneer used on the exterior shell.  

Two sets of steel stairs ascend up the rooftop deck. The roof assembly consists of a TPO membrane, precast concrete pavers, and adjustable pedestals, to offset the roof slope.  Guarding the roof perimeter are decorative pipe and mesh railings — similar to those at sports ballparks. The rooftop features a fully-equipped bar placed underneath an aluminum framed canopy. 

The custom beer draft system was expanded to serve all 16 beers that are available from the first floor taproom.  For additional weather protection, three custom fabric sunshades float overhead, providing protection to patrons as they enjoy a "cold one."  

The expansion has taken Little Miami Brewing Company, literally, to a new level, offering customers a unique and soul- and body-quenching experience. 
Building Envelope: Glen-Gery, C.H.I. Overhead Doors. 
Roofing: Johns Manville, Sunny Brook Roof Pavers.
Windows: C.H.I. Overhead Doors
Entrances & Storefronts: OldCastle BuildingEnvelope 
Flooring: General Polymers 3477 Clear Epoxy Seal Coat
Interior: Glen-Gery, James Hardie, K-13 Acoustic Insulation, Sherwin Williams 
Lighting: Minetom, Charleston Lighting, Baselite, Eaton 

General Contractor & Cost Estimator 
D.E.R. Development Company LLC
750 US Highway 50
Milford, OH 45150

KBA Inc, Architects
29 High Street
Milford, OH 45150

Structural Engineer 
Advantage Group Engineers Inc
1527 Madison Road
Cincinnati, OH 45206

Mechanical Engineer
Fischer Engineering Services LLC
3872 Nottingham Ct
Cleves, OH  45002

Electrical Engineer
Professional Engineering Services Inc
PO Box 53100
Cincinnati, OH 45253

Date Bid: Jun 2019
Construction Period: Aug 2019 to Feb 2020          
Total Square Feet: 2,760
Site: 1.80 acres.
Number of Buildings: One.

Building Sizes: First floor, 16,512; total, 16,512 square feet.  
Building Height: First floor, 29’; total, 29’.  
Basic Construction Type: New/II B.
Foundation: Micropiles, cast-in-place, pier & grade beam, reinforced concrete, slab-on-grade. 
Exterior Walls: Brick, aluminum storefront, fully glazed overhead doors.
Roof: Membrane, precast concrete roof pavers. 
Floors: Concrete. 
Interior Walls: CMU, metal stud drywall.

Click here to view the full cost details for this project in the July/August 2020 issue of DCD