New Belgium Brewing Company

East Coast Brewery & Distribution Commissioning

Commissioning for maximum production.

The New Belgium East Coast Brewery is Asheville, North Carolina's largest construction projects in more than 50 years. AEI provided commissioning services for the 130,000 square foot craft brewery, 5,000 square foot tasting facility, and 1,800 square foot process water treatment plant. The project is distinguished by an adaptable design to accommodate a constantly changing pipe system, and multiple integrated control systems to maximize heat recovery between the brewing process and the glycol chiller cooling system.



Asheville, NC


  • Perkins&Will - Architect of Record

LEED Status


Building Size

137,800 square feet


  • ENR Top Project of 2016-Manufacturing
  • 2016 Manufacturing Best Construction and Design Project

AEI commissioned the HVAC, Building Utilities, Building Electrical, Controls, and Plumbing systems.

barrels annually.

The 141,000 square foot Distribution Center includes 88,000 square feet of refrigerated space, enough to hold 12,000,000 bottles and cans, and 50,000 full kegs of beer. In addition, the facility includes 9,000 square feet of outside covered storage for empty kegs and 44,000 square feet of storage for cardboard and raw materials. The New Belgium distribution center is primarily a cold storage warehouse facility, with warehousing and office space.

The New Belgium East Coast Brewery was awarded the “Manufacturing Best Construction and Design Project” by ENRSoutheast and ENR “Top Project of 2016 in Manufacturing.”

Over 75% of the brewery was constructed using recycled materials from existing structures including tobacco barns, a mechanic shop, and an auction house.

The facility was constructed on an 18-acre site adjacent to Asheville's River Arts District.

languages spoken on the project site.

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