We were delighted to recently complete a custom storefront system for Full Sail Brewing’s Hood River corporate offices. It was the perfect mix of Uniquely Versatile elements: unusual scale, specific climate and weather conditions and a client with a very specific design aesthetic in mind. Here’s a look at the goals and challenges of the project:
Use of Vertical Grain Douglas Fir was a central design theme throughout this project. The main entrance is meant to highlight that theme with solid CVG Douglas fir transom, sidelites, and doors with a clear finished interior and exterior.
TMencer Construction Company approached us with this opportunity along with other custom shops in the region. Although our price point was higher, Tim Mencer valued our commitment to on-site consulting services, our ability to provide complete AutoCAD drawings for review and our expertise in integrating very specialized hardware for custom projects like this one.
An Off-Kilter Rough Opening: The biggest challenge to the project was that the existing masonry opening was not at all square, plumb or level. Several framing options had to be explored to find a solution that would fit the doors and glass as designed while adjusting for the variances in the existing opening.
Complex Commercial Hardware: The commercial hardware specified for the doors was very complex and challenging to integrate into an entry door of normal thickness.
The Uniquely Versatile Solutions
Extensive onsite and off site consulting by our product development team about the available framing options helped TMencer Construction narrow down some workable solutions to the site’s out of kilter opening measurements.
To address the hardware issue, we ultimately decided to make the doors thicker than originally specified (2_1/4” instead of 1_3/4”) in order to overcome some of the biggest hardware integration challenges and ensure greater long term durability.
The final project’s simple lines and unadorned clear grain fir makes the entrance seem easy and approachable without hinting at the surprisingly complex design solutions required to integrate them into the space. We are proud to provide such a warm wood welcome to the staff and guests of Full Sail Brewing.