Lake Country Brewery
Soon, the Lake Oconee area – specifically Greensboro, Georgia – will have its very own microbrewery. It will be called Lake Country Brewing. Piedmont Construction Group is raising this new brewery from the ashes, so to speak, of what was known as the Chero-Cola building back in 1910, which was associated with Royal Crown (RC) Cola at the time. Now the site will be the location of a new type of business.
The original Chero-Cola Building has been repurposed and made into Lake Country Brewing’s Microbrewery and Event Center. Jan Phillips, the Project Manager states that to accomplish this, “we converted part the front part of the building into a 6,000 square foot microbrewery, and the rear of the building was renovated into a 4,924 square foot event space.”
Bringing Lake Country Brewery to Life
Piedmont has long advocated for preserving the character of vacant and threatened historic buildings. The Chero-Cola building is one of the many quickly disappearing historical buildings left in Georgia.
During construction, Piedmont preserved as many historical aspects of the building as possible. As with all communities, commitment to preservation, restoration, and revitalization of buildings is an important contributor to the economic and social well-being of Oconee.
Challenges along the Way
One of the challenges of this project was restoring the existing wood roof trusses in the building that had deteriorated beyond repair from neglect and the resulting water damage of the roof system. If not removed, it could have damaged the walls further or brought them completely down. The only way to save the building and keep costs down was to install pre-manufactured parts into the structure with new metal columns and roof panels.
Additionally, the brick building’s end wall had completely been torn down, which caused another wall to be out of plumb. In order to correct the leaning wall and install a new glass curtain wall system, the masonry walls were tied back to the new metal structure by using the correct metal tie-backs with diamond washers.