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About this project

A 140 year old distillery in the heart of Bluegrass Country was completely renovated and rejuvenated for a new premium bourbon whiskey. The historic buildings were restored to preserve their exterior appearance.; however, the interiors were completely revamped for a modern distillery including copper kettles from Scotland. Luckett & Farley provided complete architectural and engineering services for this monumental project. The new systems included:

  • Water treatment
  • Chilled water system
  • Steam & boiler system
  • Sanitary & process waste sewer system
  • Fire pump & fire protection system
  • Electrical services & power distribution system, motor control systems, switch gear, etc.

The barrel storage warehouses were renovated. A new bottling process was installed. The lake was dredged and a pumping and piping system was installed to send water upstream to keep the stream flowing in dry weather.

A new Visitor’s Center theme was designed to resemble Kentucky farm house architecture, utilizing wood siding, metal roofing, Kentucky limestone and wide expansive porches and dormers. Detailing of the exterior and interior has a “shaker” flavor.

The 9,960sf facility includes large vaulted open room featuring interesting displays and exhibits describing how Kentucky bourbon whiskey is made, a similar vaulted gift shop, a viewing room, administrative space for the tour and for gift shop operations and support areas.

    Project Details

    Brown-Forman Corporation

    7 Renovated Buildings
    1 New Building

    Services Provided

    AIA Citation for Design Excellence

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