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Dancing Goat Distillery, Cambridge, Wis.

Photo: Chad Renly, of CR Prints and Photography LLC
Photo: Chad Renly, of CR Prints and Photography LLC

In its design for Dancing Goat Distillery, Sketchworks Architecture LLC incorporated a metal building system, metal roof panels and metal wall panels. The metal building materials helped the design meet functional requirements and aesthetic goals. The metal added a modern look to the facility’s rustic, agricultural environment, and blended in with the surroundings.

Brad Koning, an architect at Sketchworks Architecture, says, “The design goal was to create a modern distillery and visitor center using traditional Midwestern agricultural design cues and materials for a unique design on a traditional barn vernacular. We used the metal building system because it provided a cost-effective structural system that met the criteria required for clear span of the production facility for greatest flexibility. In keeping with the modern barn theme, the industrial look of the exposed steel beams plays off the idea of heavy timber framing, yet provides a modern look and feel juxtaposed to the reclaimed barn wood siding and details.”

For the roof, Walking Iron Erectors Inc., erector for the project, installed Varco Pruden Buildings’ SSR panels in Cool Granite Gray. 1848 Construction Inc. was the general contractor.

Two types of wall panels were utilized; Walking Iron Erectors installed 7,641 square feet of Varco Pruden Buildings’ Vee-Rib metal wall panels in Cool Granite Gray and 2,911 square feet of Varco Pruden Buildings’ Impress Clad metal wall panels in Colonial Red. Additionally, Custom Metals Inc. fabricated light cages.

“Metal siding was used on the majority of the production facility, two colors that blend well with the surrounding farmland and agricultural buildings in the area,” Koning says. “The visitor center and tasting room is clad with stone veneer and reclaimed wood siding to further tie into the Midwest agriculture vernacular.”

For daylighting and the entrance, Hometown Glass and Improvement Inc. installed EFCO Corp.’s aluminum storefront system, as well as windows. Overhead Door Co. of Madison Inc. supplied and installed its overhead doors.

The 16,700-square-foot project was recognized as the 2018 Varco Pruden Hall of Fame winner in the agriculture and food processing category.

“Challenges included the overall height require for the distilling equipment, creating a tall structure, yet creating areas tasting room, etc., that are comfortable spaces for visitors,” Koning says. “We created the lean-to which defines the space and provides a more comfortable, human scale space when in the tasting area, but then opens up into a much larger volume of space that allows views into the production facility of the distillery.”