Washington whiskey facility Phase 2 incorporates sustainable softwood

Quincy, Washington’s newly rebuilt Woodinville Whiskey facility warehouses marry contemporary technology with traditional rustic style, using sustainably sourced softwoods which underwent a process to gain sturdy, hardwood-like properties. Photo courtesy Graham Baba Architects

Quincy, Washington’s newly rebuilt Woodinville Whiskey facility warehouses marry contemporary technology with traditional rustic style, using sustainably sourced softwoods which underwent a process to gain sturdy, hardwood-like properties.

Designed by Seattle-based Graham Baba Architects, the completed warehouses are part of what will eventually be six, 2323-m2 (25,000-sf) structures, spread across a 4-ha (10-acre) complex where the original facility was located before demolition. Phase 3 will be completed this month.

Maintaining the simple, rectilinear gabled form and dark brown hue of the Woodinville distillery, the new complex’s structures are clad in Kebony wood and dark metal siding.

The wood was selected for its eco-friendly credentials and durable nature, which will stand strong against extreme weather. The manufacturer uses a patented technique to give sustainably sourced softwoods hardwood-like properties such as dimensional stability, without compromising its appearance.

Builders salvaged select items from the original Woodinville distillery, including a set of steel and old growth Douglas fir stairs. This feature found renewed purpose as part of the new complex, keeping it out of the landfill and creating a link between the original and updated facilities.

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