Millennium Products | GT's Kombucha
RGA was brought on board by Pacific Industrial in late 2015 to lead a design team in the redevelopment of the Clorox site on Bandini in Vernon, CA. Initially starting as a speculative 265,000 sf distribution facility, GT's company Millennium Products signed on board for the project right after 1st plan check submittal documents were submitted to City of Vernon. Millennium Products already had 3-4 buildings in Vernon and was looking for a new flagship headquarters building which would include all facets of its kombucha production process, as well as serve as the corporate headquarters. RGA immediately started working closely with Millienum's team to layout a complex beverage production process in the building, which would ultimately include a 260,000 sf shell, three equipment platforms totaling 31,000 sf, and a two story main office of approximately 11,000 sf. The objective was to include all of GT's building shell requirements without delaying the start of construction.
The production program included a boiler platform over cooled rooms for tea brewing, heated fermentation rooms, and bottling line rooms with a large packaging platform above, and a cooled shipping dock for taking bottled kombucha to an offsite storage building. Infrastructure / utility requirements included 12,000 amps of power, medium pressure gas and distribution, a reverse osmosis water filtration and distribution network, and a maze of roof supported pipe racks. The office program included a very high level of attention to detail including a monumental lobby stair, custom finishes and furniture, and indoor & outdoor art installations, for which RGA worked with an art consultant to provide supporting design and coordination requirements for art installation, anchorage, and lighting systems.
The project shell and TI was built by Fullmer Construction at a construction cost of approximately $12.5m and was completed in Spring of 2018.