​The ​Up-Cycling Choice​s​ ​Made in Designing ​a New Brewery

Roses by the Stairs is a brewery looking to open in downtown Phoenix with a drive to specialize in spontaneous and seasonal farmhouse-style ales. Led by Jordan Ham, Roses by the Stairs is committed to environmental causes and has committed to giving 1% of its revenue to One Percent for the Planet as well as an additional 1% of revenue to local Phoenix nonprofits.

Ham wanted to build the brewery with the environment and sustainability in mind and is using several sustainable design features, like upcycling and 3D printing.

“When I started Roses by the Stairs I wanted to start a business and a brewery that had a positive impact,” Ham said. “We wanted to start a brewery that cares about the environment and is concerned about climate change. One of the best ways we can show we are a brewery that cares is by creating a sustainable space. We are building a brewery using sustainable methods.”

The brewery’s location is an old industrial warehouse that housed a costume shop with tables made from recycled pallets which Ham said local shops and local brewers have been happy to donate. Barstools are being made from recycled skateboards and designed by 2cSkateboardArt. Ham added they are adding electric vehicle charging stations as well as solar panels to help make the space sustainable.

“I think the steps we are taking will show our community that we are genuine in our values,” he said. “The construction of our brewery is not the only way we are committing ourselves to more than just beer. We are also donating one percent of our revenue to “1% for the Planet” and an additional one percent of our revenue to local Arizona organizations.”

Aline Architecture Concepts is working on designing the brewery. The project is considered adaptive reuse of an old industrial building and Aline is taking away asphalt, adding landscape, and making a patio area with decomposed granite rock for the surface to not add to the heat.

“We are celebrating the existing structure and repurposing the building,” said Aline Principal Brian Laubenthal. “We are adding new skylights, water-efficient plumbing fixtures, energy-efficient lighting, and construction materials with recycled content.”

Laubenthal​ added they​ are currently experimenting with 3D printed technology as a way to create certain plastics and wall panels for the building.

​”​At the end, the recycled plastic is taking used plastic, shr​edding it and using a process that turns the material into filament for 3D printing​,” he explained. “We have developed a wall tile and are looking into making more options for pavers, exterior wall cladding, and different design elements. The process takes plastics that otherwise would go to landfills since only 29% of what makes it to recycling centers is actually recycled.”

Redesigning the brewery to be more energy efficient is something Aline​ and Roses by the Stairs​ are doing that benefits both the environment and ​ ​will save the brewery money in the long run.

​”​We decided to install more energy-efficient insulation by replacing the building’s old insulation in the roof assembly​,” explained ​Project Manager​ Dorota Grodzinska.​ They insulated the entire north wall which was un-insulated for decades​ which significantly improved the energy efficiency of the building.

​”We​ have also redesigned the building to allow more natural light​,” ​Grodzinska added. ​”​We added an overhead garage door on the north side to serve as the brewery’s front entry and to brighten the deep interior space. In addition, we replaced old wire-glass skylights with new, energy-efficient ones.​”

New skylights made with prismatic polycarbonate material allow bright, diffused but cool in temperature light to penetrate the inside of the building​, which increases the amount of natural light in the brewery ​to ensure greater comfort for guests as well as savings for ​Ham as lights will need to be on less​.​

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