The space where we work and live has a critical role to play in how efficiently we use energy and water, among other things. For instance, even the most efficient furnace is going to run a lot more if your building or home isn’t properly insulated. That is why we took great care in re-constructing our brewery on Powell, and in choosing our location to lease space for the BikeBar. These early decisions have allowed us to continually reduce our impact due to ongoing operations. Read on to find out more about our approach to creating the best possible infrastructure to provide you with the beer and food you love.
Hopworks Urban Brewery AKA The Mothership
Our building at 2944 SE Powell was originally built in 1948 to display and repair Caterpillar tractors and heavy equipment. Sunset Fuel Company inhabited the building from 1963 until Hopworks purchased it in 2004. Keeping in mind that remodelling existing buildings is a strong environmentally friendly practice, the building was carefully deconstructed by Lovett Construction and rebuilt using as many reclaimed materials as possible.
Here are a few of the environmental highlights of our building:
- All useable material was recovered and sorted
- 1/3 of all framing material was recovered from deconstruction
- Booths constructed entirely from ceiling joists
- Extensive reuse of existing materials throughout the building and bar
- High efficiency equipment throughout:
– heating and cooling equipment
– kitchen equipment
– lighting (new LEDs coming soon!)
– brewery chiller
– custom cleaning equipment for the brewery
- Weatherization of windows, doors, and insulation
- Pervious pavers and settling pond to let rainwater become groundwater
- Electric Vehicle charger and extensive bike parking
- Fresh air economizers captures heat while trading stale air for outside air
- Plentiful covered and uncovered bike parking
And this is just the short highlight reel, click here to see more!
Hopworks BikeBar is located on the ground level of the ecoFLATS complex at N. Williams and Shaver. The building is excellent example of a new building that adds a super-efficient energy property to an urban neighborhood. Completed in 2011, ecoFlats was designed to meet the Net Zero energy building standard, and is packed full of sustainable building features that we are proud to support. Here are some of the features
- Located on North Portland’s bike highway with extensive bike parking on site
- Hyper-efficient building, cool in the summer, warm in the winter
- Incandescent-free zone throughout the pub
- Extensive use of reclaimed material from Portland’s Rebuilding Center
- Energy efficient kitchen equipment
- Work off your pizza and beer on our Plug-out stationary cycles while generating power for the building!
Of course, our buildings aren’t the only place we have an impact, nor where we can take early steps to reduce our impact. We have worked hard over the years to develop relationships with our hops, malted barley, and other materials suppliers. We have worked with many of the same growers in the Willamette Valley and the Yakima Valley for the entire life of the brewery, strengthening our relationship over time because we believe that it takes an entire ecosystem to produce the perfect pint. We appreciate knowing where our materials come from, and we believe the consistency we provide to our growers helps them make decisions that have the long-term health of their workers and land in mind.
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