Upland Brewing in Fountain Square to open Tuesday, July 30th by DK GR

Congratulations to our friends at Upland Brewing Company on opening their Fountain Square location on Tuesday, July 30th, 2019. Upland will be officially opening the location starting with lunch a couple of days ahead of the Grand Opening Celebration. We can wholeheartedly recommend Turchetti’s Nduja plate appetizer and the Hot Chicken Sandwich with Three Carrots Seitan, both created in partnership with our local culinary entrepreneurs.

DKGR is excited to welcome the good folks from Upland to the Fountain Square neighborhood.


Occupancy Classifications for Breweries and Taprooms by DK GR

Any brewery taproom will have space for patrons and beer: countertop bars, tap rooms, restaurant dining rooms, private tasting rooms, open beer halls, private event or banquet halls, and/or entertainment areas. Depending on your brand and facility capabilities - there may be an outdoor beer garden or the taproom may accommodate brewery tours. There will be restrooms, storage and may be employee break, conference, office, kitchen and wait staff space. Classifying the various programmed spaces allows us to determine occupancies, required separations and occupant loads.

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Defining the Program and Establishing Occupancy Classifications

As the program is defined, we are able to determine the Occupancy Classifications. Projects in Indiana are governed by the 2014 Indiana Building Code (IBC) which is comprised of the 2012 International Building Code. 

Brewery taprooms may have a few assembly spaces: Assembly occupancy is defined by the IBC as “the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for the gathering of persons for purposes such as civic, social or religious functions; recreation, food or drink consumption or awaiting transportation.”

For taprooms, this is typically Assembly Group A-2: “Assembly uses intended for food and/or drink consumption including, but not limited to: Banquet halls, Casinos (gaming areas), Nightclubs, Restaurants, cafeterias and similar dining facilities (including associated commercial kitchens), Taverns and bars

At Upland Fountain Square in Indianapolis we designed a large beer cooler (almost 400sf) at the core of the assembly space - front and rear bar areas and two outdoor service windows surround the cooler, which facilitates keg storage, taplines, merchandising and service doors, tap menus, television mounting and glassware shelving. 

Upland Fountain Square Entrance

Upland Fountain Square Entrance

In Indiana, restaurants that allow minors and serve beer must separate those areas as part of 905 IAC 1-41-2 Separation of rooms: “the separation of the bar area from the dining area, where minors may be served, may be a structure or barrier that reasonably deters free access and egress without requirement for doors or gates” There are additional food sale minimum requirements to allow for the separation. 

Rail Separation at Indiana City Brewing Co., Indianapolis

Rail Separation at Indiana City Brewing Co., Indianapolis

If brewing is done on premises the Brewhouse may be classified as Low-Hazard Factory, F-2: “Factory industrial uses that involve the fabrication or manufacturing of noncombustible materials which during finishing, packing or processing do not involve a significant fire hazard shall be classified as F-2 occupancies and shall include, but not be limited to, the following: Beverages: up to and including 16-percent alcohol content

Upland Brewing Co.

Upland Brewing Co.

There may be a retail area selling brewery-branded merchandise, depending on the size of that area it may be classified as Mercantile, M: “the use of a building or structure or a portion thereof, for the display and sale of merchandise and involves stocks of goods, wares or merchandise incidental to such purposes and accessible to the public.

Harpoon Brewery Retail Area

Harpoon Brewery Retail Area

Barrel-aging may be a part of the brewing program, barrel storage possibly requiring Low-Hazard Storage, S classification: “the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for storage that is not classified as a hazardous occupancy... Includes, among others, buildings used for the storage of noncombustible materials such as products on wood pallets or in paper cartons with or without single thickness divisions; or in paper wrappings.

Barrel storage at breweries is often S-2 for storage of “Beverages up to and including 16-percent alcohol in metal, glass or ceramic containers

Depending on the height of the barrels/racks, high pile storage requirements could be in place. 

Upland Brewing Wood Shop Barrel Storage

Upland Brewing Wood Shop Barrel Storage

There are often administrative office or employee areas that may be classified as Business Group B occupancy: “the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for office, professional or service-type transactions, including storage of records and accounts.

Some breweries, such as the BrewDog DogHouse in Columbus, Ohio have incorporated hotel rooms (and museum space) into their campuses, potentially requiring a Residential Group R classification for: “the use of a building or structure, or a portion thereof, for sleeping purposes when not classified as an Institutional Group I or when not regulated by the International Residential Code.

BrewDog DogHouse Room

BrewDog DogHouse Room

Occupancy classification plays a key part in organizing and prescribing the appropriate protection measures. As such, threshold requirements for fire protection and means of egress systems are based on occupancy classification. 

Upland Fountain Square Private Event Room Concept

Upland Fountain Square Private Event Room Concept

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A Growing Problem: Taking Control of Food Security by DK GR

DKGR is using Rapid Prototyping and Iterative Design to help combat Food Deserts on the Near East Side of Indianapolis. With the recent loss of Pogue’s Run Co-op, the availability of fresh, healthy food in the area was drastically decreased.

Moving Forward 2.0, itself a prototype, is a housing program from IHCDA with a goal of combating generational poverty by lowering the total cost of housing, transportation, education and nutrition. Partnered with CAGI, John Boner Neighborhood Centers, the City of Indianapolis, and TWG Development, DKGR began to explore options for on-site agriculture to produce 10% of a family’s required Daily Nutritional Value.

While many effective, modular systems exist for commercial growing, these systems can be expensive, expansive, and inflexible. The system needed to be able to produce mature plants, microgreens, and start seeds while being simple to use and low maintenance. Additionally, the system needs to be flexible and grow with its user.

Inspired by the efficiency of certain leaf cells for both spatial regulation and intercellular transport, DKGR’s design took on an elongated hexagonal shape that allows for up to 8 units in 1 square foot of space.

The modular system includes built-in hose connectors to enable it to be used in all styles of indoor growing including Wick Systems, Deep Water Culture, Drip and Drain, Aeroponics and as a component in Aquaponics Systems. This will allow the system to be used, not only for food production, but for teaching and learning.

Prolific Indiana Brewery Coming to Fountain Square by DK GR

We here at DKGR are excited to welcome Upland's new downtown Indy location.  Located at the site of the former Value Village in Fountain Square, the Upland crew had a well-defined vision for the space they wanted, which we were happy to help polish.  Shout out to Pete, Adam, David and Paddy for enabling an engaging, collaborative design effort.

P.S. - If you haven't tried Upland's award-winning sour beers, we recommend you drop everything to go grab one.  


DKGR's visualization of the new Upland Location

DKGR's visualization of the new Upland Location

The Value of the Right Space: Innovatemap by DK GR

For those of us that live our lives in and around a creative industry, we know all to well that our client base can widely vary when it comes to creative alignment, business objectives and, most importantly, a sincere appreciation for design.  An appreciation can drive all facets of decision making and contribute to an understanding of how design can positively permeate the heart and soul of an organization when thoughtfully executed.  Working alongside one of the premier product agency's in the Indianapolis area, the team at Innovatemap, has been an ideal partner in the design of their new HQ in Broad Ripple. Congrats to the entire team and read more about them below.

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New Life at Anco in Valpo by DK GR

Congratulations to the Flaherty & Collins / Journeyman Distillery team for their big win on the Valparaiso Transit Area Development Project RFP.

This is a rare opportunity to introduce a vibrant new district to a Northwest Indiana city well-poised for a downtown resurgence.

Journeyman Distillery and DKGR's vision for a new Valparaiso Facility.

Journeyman Distillery and DKGR's vision for a new Valparaiso Facility.

Indiana's first Net-Positive Energy Multifamily Building* to open Saturday by DK GR

Federal, State, Local and Community Officials cut the ribbon

Federal, State, Local and Community Officials cut the ribbon

On Saturday, October 1st, Federal, State, Local, and Community officials joined Englewood CDC and their partners as they opened what is prescribed to be Indiana's first Net-Positive Energy apartment building.  With individual unit HERS Ratings approaching -20 (indicating positive energy), the group is confident the building will perform to the difficult to achieve standard. 

The project utilized standard green technologies like Solar PV, LED Lighting, and Natural Daylighting/Shading, as well as innovative technologies like Flat-Plate Solar Collectors, Transpired Solar Collectors and Variable Speed ASHP Heating and Cooling.  

Paired with conservation and consumption strategies that encourage the efficient use of energy, these technologies will allow Oxford Place to achieve what has not yet been accomplished in the State of Indiana.  

Congratulations to Englewood, TWG Development and all their partners.

DKGR's Net-Positive Strategy

DKGR's Net-Positive Strategy

*Net Positive verification pending one-year operating period.

Fuquay Welcome Center at the University of Southern Indiana by DK GR

The University of Southern Indiana broke ground on a campus welcome center on Thursday, September 1st, 2016.   The Fuquay Welcome Center will feature a intensive vegetative roof system that and an integrated building form that will allow campus students and visitors the opportunity to walk directly on to the accessible roof.  

With construction beginning Q4, 2016, the Fuquay Welcome Center will welcome its first visitors in the fall of 2017.