Details – May 4 Tour of UC Davis’ Brewery, Winery and Food Science Building

Contact Co-Vice President John Avila at and 916 997-7554 for additional information.

Not only do we live in the midst of some of the best wine grapes in the world but we also have one of the world’s most highly regarded Viticulture and Enology teaching programs  in our backyard, at UC Davis.  The university recently completed a $20 million 34,000 square feet state-of-the art Teaching and Research Winery and the August A. Busch III Brewing and Food Science Laboratory that houses the labs and research facilities for the winery, brewery and food science programs.  The 2010 facility earned LEED Platinum certification, the highest environmental rating awarded by the U.S. Green Building Council.

Put on your most comfortable walking shoes, bring your questions and enjoy and in-depth  tour UC Davis’ Brewery, Winery and Food Science (BWF) labs. You won’t want to miss this one of a kind tour. Here’s the details:

Date and Time:  May 4, Saturday, 10 AM.  Tour will last  1-2 hours depending on questions.

Parking: parking is available in the Visitor Lot 2 or south entry parking structure. See UC Davis website – campus map or at enter 38.532943,-121.750166. The surface lot will be closest to
the entrance of the BWF building. Parking is not enforced on the weekend (unless there is a special campus event) so no cost.

Directions and Where to Meet: From I-80, take Old Davis Road (main campus exit), follow to north and road will turn to east. Go past the traffic circle and the Robert Mondavi Building, turn right onto Hilgard Lane. Park. Building is south of the 3-story Robert Mondavi academic lab buildings.

The winery/brewery (BWF) is a one-story building.  Meet at the entrance off the parking lot.

What We’ll See: the tour will explains a little on the exterior (surrounding buildings, the landscape design and unique rainwater capture system) and then mainly in the interior. We’ll focus on the winery side (special collections room, main fermentation room, long term bottle and barrel storage, offices and lab), but will also see the Food Sciences side which includes the brewery, milk processing room and food pilot plant. The tour will give an overview of the teaching and research and special features of the building, such as its LEED Platinum certification and the 152 custom small research fermenters.

The building’s environmental design also includes conserving processing water and on-site solar power generation. The winery is planned to capture carbon dioxide from fermentation and removing it from the building using an innovative process.  The ultimate goal is for the building to not contribute to global warming.

The Shaker and Mover: The tour’s leader is SHW member Julianne Nola, UC Davis’ Assistant Director of Project Management in the campus’ Design and Construction Management Division.  Julie was the project architect for this building that was completed in 2010 and the building is the second  UC Davis facility to receive LEED Platinum certification.