AROUND THE NETWORK: National Design-Builder Clayco Constructing First Pernod Ricard Green Field Distillery in United States

BuiltWorlds member Clayco, a full-service, turnkey real estate, architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firm announced last month it is building the first Pernod Ricard green field distillery in the United States. The project, designed by the Lamar Johnson Collaborative, is part of Pernod Ricard’s fast-growing Jefferson’s Bourbon brand. Clayco Design & Engineering is the process engineer and structural engineer of the project. The facility will produce over 7.5 million proof gallons of bourbon annually.

Anticipated to break ground in early 2023 and completed in the third quarter of 2024, the 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, carbon neutral distillery and aging warehouses located in Marion County, Kentucky, will be approximately 265 acres and include a world class visitor center to welcome bourbon enthusiasts on the historic Kentucky Bourbon Trail.

“This inaugural project marks a major accomplishment for both Pernod Ricard and Clayco,” Nathan Cook, Project Executive at Clayco, said. “We are extremely proud of this partnership with Pernod Ricard. It’s truly an honor for Clayco to help such a prestigious organization bring this new state-of-the-art distillery to life in such a historic part of bourbon country.”

“This investment is the latest illustration of our belief in the strength and potential of American Whiskey” said Jessica Chen, VP Operations, American whiskies at Pernod Ricard. “We’re delighted to partner with Clayco on this project and are committed to making our new Jefferson’s facility one of the most exemplary and sustainable distilleries in the world to achieve our ambitions for the brand. We can’t wait to welcome bourbon enthusiasts from all over to experience our new site.”

The Pernod Ricard green field distillery will be the first of its size in the United States to achieve LEED certification, an internationally recognized sustainability framework for efficient, carbon and cost-saving environmentally friendly buildings. The distillery and warehouses will include such low-carbon technologies as electrode boilers powered by certified renewable electricity, allowing the distillery to abstain from using fossil fuels during bourbon production. Clayco is leading the design-oriented visitor center using an integrated design-build approach with its in-house engineering capabilities and architecture that strives for a low carbon footprint.   In addition, as part of Pernod Ricard’s commitment to protect and nurture its relationship with the community, Jefferson’s will continue to partner with local farmers and suppliers to source ingredients and casks whenever possible.

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