Kaplan Construction Converts Former Warehouse into Greater Boston’s Newest Craft Brewery

Castle Island Brewing Company opens following fast-track renovation

BOSTON – January 6, 2016 – Kaplan Construction, a WBE general contractor and construction management firm providing comprehensive building programs across Greater Boston, announced today that it has transformed an existing warehouse into Greater Boston’s newest craft brewery for Castle Island Brewing Company. Located at 31 Astor Avenue in Norwood, Mass., the brewery opened to the public on December 11 to unveil their innovative, inspired, uber-fresh American ales.

Kaplan’s primary focus was to modify the existing warehouse and complete the mechanical infrastructure necessary to support Castle Island’s highly specialized equipment so that brewing could commence before Thanksgiving 2015.   A 3,000 SF section of concrete floor was promptly removed so that a new reinforced floor system with a urethane floor coating could be installed to support the 12 stainless steel tanks that can each weigh up to 28,000 pounds when full of beer.

As concrete work progressed, Kaplan and their team of subcontractors met frequently to plan and coordinate the myriad of mechanical and electrical piping that would be needed to support the brewing apparatus.  As many as seven aerial lifts were utilized over extended shift work hours to install 4,000 linear feet of electrical conduit, 3,500 linear feet of mechanical piping and all of the other components needed to get the operation on line on time and for the right price.

“Kaplan has been an amazing partner for us. From day one, they worked with us to find creative ways to stay within our limited budget,” said Adam Romanow, owner of Castle Island Brewing Company. “We had to take an empty box and fit it out to our very specific needs in a very short time frame. We couldn’t have realized our dream of opening our own brewery without them.”

The project team members for this project include:

  • Parametrik Architectural Visualization - architect [Manchester, NH]
  • Dan Bonardi Consulting Engineers - structural engineering [Arlington, Mass.]
  • Fitzmeyer & Tocci Associates - mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) engineering (Woburn, Mass.)

About Castle Island Brewing Company

Located at 31 Astor Avenue in Norwood, Mass., Castle Island Brewing Company is open on Thursdays and Fridays from 3:00 to 8:00 p.m. and Saturdays from 12:00 to 8:00 p.m. For more information, please visit http://www.castleislandbeer.com/.

About Kaplan Construction

Kaplan Construction is a WBE general contractor and construction management company that provides comprehensive building programs including preconstruction planning, construction management, design-build services, and general construction for commercial, healthcare, multi-family, worship, and institutional clients. Serving Greater Boston since 1976, Kaplan is dedicated to building trusted, long-lasting relationships with its staff and clients based on professional teamwork, personal service, and quality craftsmanship. The company’s proactive approach features lean building techniques and integrated project delivery (IPD) that often realize substantial cost savings and earlier completion dates for its clients, while its dedication to safety far surpasses industry standards. Kaplan has earned its reputation for excellent customer service and superb workmanship, and the company’s highly successful projects have garnered a long list of industry awards and repeat clients. For more information, please visit www.kaplanconstructs.com.

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