Axemann Brewery Adaptive Reuse
Axemann Brewery, Bellefonte, Centre County, PA
Axemann Brewery is a 27,000 square-foot production brewery and taproom located in a revitalized metal factory. Stahl Sheaffer worked with Hoffman Leakey Architects and developer Navitus LLC to achieve the transformation. The new home of “Blue Stripe Beer” offers a unique mix of industrial and environmental vibes. Design and construction were focused on repurposing existing metal works and features, paying respect to the site’s heritage, the environmental features, and the Mann Axe dynasty. Original lights, windows, and even doors from the lockers used by the employees have found new practical uses while creating a cool industrial vibe. The atmosphere and spaciousness, large TVs, massive game area, and open-air seating overlooking a stream and active railroad combine to make Axemann a unique destination.
- Interior second floor framing with engineered wood joists on steel beams supported from existing columns.
- Interior custom feature staircase designed with steel frame and timber treads.
- Second floor exterior deck framing with wood joists supported on a steel frame bearing on steel columns extended from below existing roof.
- Custom designed single-span, bent-stringer, steel exterior exit stair designed to clear adjacent structure while avoiding conflict with stream bank wall.
- Exterior steel framed walkway hung from overhead cantilever structure along stream designed to be supported from existing structure to avoid a foundation load on the stream bank wall provides egress from both floors.
- Masonry elevator shaft including pit foundation coordinated with existing structural columns and foundations.
- Structural steel equipment frame supports.
Adaptive Reuse Highlights
- Large garage doors open an entire wall to the adjacent Logan Branch stream.
- Steel frames from the original windows were salvaged and re-purposed as interior partitions between the brewery and the taproom on both the first floor and the loft.
- “Jelly Jar” ceiling lights were redesigned into hanging light fixtures.
- Original employee locker doors were used as the base of the large horseshoe-shaped bar.
- Existing concrete floors were ground and polished, exposing artifacts from the building’s past buried within.