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Location: Clermont, KY
Construction Schedule: 9 months
Type of Project: Concrete RepairFacilities Upgrades & Modifications
Customer: Beam Suntory

SSRG completed controlled demolition and repair on the facade of a fire-damaged Jim Beam rickhouse. Jim Beam is an American brand of bourbon whiskey with two distilleries in Kentucky.

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The Clermont distillery has approximately 72 rick houses storing more than 1.5 million barrels. A rick house is a tall rectangular structure designed solely for storing and aging distilled spirits. In July of 2019, a fire destroyed one rick house and severely damaged an identical structure located about 50 yards away.

The fire was so intense that it heated the rebar inside the concrete, causing it to expand and delaminate the outer part of the façade. The concrete essentially popped like popcorn while damaging the structural integrity of the building.

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SSRG crews worked for nine months using mast-climbing scaffolds to demolish, custom form, and then pour more than 3,000 SF of concrete. The crews also removed and replaced 3,500 SF of damaged brick panels. All this for a total of approximately 148,000 lbs of demolished concrete and 37 cubic yards of new concrete on the face of the building.

facade repairs to Jim Beam Rickhouse
Jim Beam rickhouse
Jim Beam rickhouse
aerial view of Jim Beam rickhouse repairs
repaired masonry
repaired doorways and walls
Jim Beam rickhouse
facade repairs to Jim Beam Rickhouse
the Jim Beam repair crew

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