Kaplan Converts Warehouse into Brewery

Brewhouse ©Adam Romanow

Brewhouse / ©Adam Romanow

Norwood, MA – Kaplan Construction has transformed an existing warehouse into Greater Boston’s newest craft brewery for Castle Island Brewing Company. Located at 31 Astor Avenue in Norwood, the brewery opened to the public on December 11, 2015 to unveil its innovative, inspired, uber-fresh American ales.

Kaplan’s primary focus was to modify the existing warehouse and completed the mechanical infrastructure necessary to support Castle Island’s highly specialized equipment. A 3,000sf section of concrete floor was promptly removed so that a new reinforced floor system with a urethane floor coating could be installed to support the 12 stainless steel tanks that can each weigh up to 28,000 pounds when full.


Tank Piping ©Adam Romanow

Tank piping / ©Adam Romanow

Kaplan and its team of subcontractors met frequently to plan and coordinate the myriad of mechanical and electrical piping that would be needed to support the brewing apparatus. As many as seven aerial lifts were utilized over extended shift work hours to install 4,000 linear feet of electrical conduit, 3,500 linear feet of mechanical piping, and all of the other components needed to get the operation on line on time and for the right price.

The project team members include:  architect,  Parametrik Architectural Visualization of Manchester, N.H.; structural engineering, Dan Bonardi Consulting Engineers of Arlington, Mass.; and  mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering, Fitzmeyer & Tocci Associates of Woburn, Mass.


“Kaplan has been an amazing partner for us. From day one, they worked with us to find creative ways to stay within our limited budget,” said Adam Romanow, owner of Castle Island Brewing Company. “We had to take an empty box and fit it out to our very specific needs in a very short time frame. We couldn’t have realized our dream of opening our own brewery without them.”