Seminary Hill Cidery is a 2-story, 8,600 SF building that will house an organic hard cider production facility, a tasting area, a commercial kitchen, and an event space overlooking the Delaware River Valley. This new building will be a modern take on a classic bank barn where the change in grade is used to provide on-grade access to both levels. The upstairs tasting area and event space capture the stunning views of the river valley and the organic apple orchard.
The lower level will house the cider production and cold storage. No chemicals or cleaning agents will be used in this process. High-temperature potable water heated by solar thermal collectors will be used for sterilization of the equipment. The water used to wash the fruit and the equipment will be sent through the on-site grey water management system. Site lighting and signage will be full-cut-off, dark-sky compliant. Photovoltaic solar panels will help off-set the equipment energy use.
The project is the first of its kind to pursue Passive House Institute US (PHIUS) certification. The key building components are comprised of cast in place concrete walls with Poraver expanded glass, SIPS panels on heavy timber framing, high-performance windows and doors along with the continuous insulation, air-barrier and weather barrier. The stucco coated base and the vertical eastern red cedar slat rainscreen will provide the classic exterior aesthetics.
The project is currently under construction, expected to be completed Summer 2020.