The Southwest Wine Center at Yavapai College is Arizona’s first teaching winery. The new facility, used by the Yavapai College enology and viticulture program, has a 3,000 case capacity, and includes processing areas, barrel storage, and a tasting room.
Yavapai College is dedicated to sustainability, and asked the design team to develop the faciity to operate with net-zero energy and water use. The project began with a design study to examine possibilities for wastewater reuse, conceptual planning for energy generation, and tie-in to the college’s campus-wide cooling and heating systems.
Our team then designed the facility to offset all water use with rainwater capture, and energy use with solar photovoltaic cells. The rainwater capture was included in the construction project, and the building was designed for a future PV array.
With construction of the facility completed, students are now making award-winning wines while earning Associate of Applied Sciences degrees in Enology and Viticulture.
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