R&H completed the buildout of iconic distiller Aviation Gin’s Portland 32,000 s.f. headquarters as the final phase of The Hopper industrial campus repositioning. What was once a vacant warehouse now holds a full gin production facility, a bottling line, product testing labs, office space, shipping and storage infrastructure and an aviation-themed tasting room.
The tasting room features furniture with plane-shaped accents, “arrivals and departures” boards, epoxied glulam tables, propellor-inspired fans and a cross-laminated timber canopy meant to mimic an airplane wing. A fritted glass and custom casework merchandise area, which resembles Aviation Gin’s packaging, and oversized viewing windows gives visitors an unobstructed view into the production facility and complex distilling process.
Outside, the distillery features storefront windows cut into the existing building by R&H crews as well as landscaping inspired by gin ingredients, including juniper and Russian sage and metal siding mimicking the sides of the aviation bottles. In front of the building, large holding tanks, waste enclosures and back-up generators sit atop concrete pads. Above the roof houses an industrial size chiller and cooling tower on a new structural steel platform.