Bently Heritage Estate Distillery
Location: Minden, NV
Client: Bently Enterprises
Mark Little - Principal in Charge (8 inc, Participant Studio)
Scott Smardo - Studio Director (8 inc)
Gideon Hillman - Senior Designer (8 inc)
David Herman - Senior Designer (8 inc)
Erik Kramer - Designer (8 inc)
Alex Maly - Designer (8 inc)
Executive Architect: VWB
Structural Engineering: Buro Happold
Landscape Design: MBLA, RO Anderson
Civil: RO Anderson
Process Engineering: Haskell
Currently under construction, the Bently Heritage Estate Distillery is an adaptive re-use of several historic buildings and nine acres of the surrounding site in downtown Minden, Nevada. The distillery will incorporate grains grown on the Bently Ranch and botanicals grown within Nevada’s Carson Valley. The project, currently under construction, will set a new standard for sustainable production in the state of Nevada, but also in the world.
The Minden Flour Company, built in 1906, is on the National Register of Historic Places. The Mill building will house the production of Single Malt Whiskey and will include tasting rooms, event spaces and retail. The Minden Creamery building from 1916 will house grain processing and distilling equipment for other spirits. Extensive coordination with Nevada’s State Historic Preservation Office and National Parks Service ensured that the project strikes a balance between preserving the historic building fabric while providing sensitive and complementary modern interventions.