G5 Brewing Company / Cushing Terrell

About Cushing Terrell – Architects of G5 Brewing Company

Founded in 1938 by architects Ralph Cushing and Everett Terrell, Cushing Terrell (formerly known as CTA Architects Engineers), the company which developed the G5 Brewing Company project has a long history of integrating architecture, engineering, and design. During this period, they deepened relationships and enhanced creativity. The company’s representatives affirm that they still share the belief they had at the beginning and it still defines them today.

In order to help people live their best lives, achieve their visions, and enjoy healthy, sustainable built environments, the company’s teamwork together, driven by empathy and creativity. Due to their skills, Cushing Terrell completes each year more than 1,200 projects, translating into $400 million in construction costs. The completed projects cover many different areas such as schools, hospitals and clinics; single- and multi-family residences; and recreational, commercial, retail, and industrial developments. Our services include architecture; mechanical, electrical, structural, civil, and environmental engineering; planning; landscape architecture; interior design; and many more.

Present in 7 states, Cushing Terrell has 13 offices and over 430 professionals from over 30 disciplines. These are not just numbers. All these years of experience allow the architecture company to offer its clients a great service, value and unrivaled partnership.  Cushing Terrell finds a way to bring the design closer to you.

About G5 Brewing Company

The celebration of the family

For the Gundersons, the G5 Brewing Company is a legacy project that celebrates family and the places they call home. The design balances local vernacular, contemporary details, and western materials to create a timeless brewery and restaurant to gather for good company and a pint or two, melding aspects of Montana and the Midwest.

Central Beer Garden

The building’s primary areas represent the five members of the family and are organized around a central beer garden with views into the brewing operations — the heart of the project. Tumbled red brick on the exterior and within the space alludes to Beloit’s industrial past, while rustic wood siding and corten steel accents reflect places the Gundersons enjoyed in Montana. The two material influences tie together banquet, bar, and dining areas with the help of a common material pallet of concrete, hot-rolled steel, and barnwood.

Narrow linear light fixtures are arranged vertically up the walls in the two-story space for the silo-shaped private banquet room. The playful installation is reminiscent of light passing through metal panel joints in a grain silo. A similar detail is repeated in the barnwood-like paneling adjacent to the stairway to the brewer’s loft.

High-gloss white panels used for the walls

The brewery walls are high-gloss white panels that brighten up the space and bring attention to the brewing tanks and spiral staircase. Cozy lounge furniture was incorporated with decorative pendant lighting above in order to soften the industrial elements. With an eye to every detail, the dining chairs and bar stools were powder coated to match the G5 beer taps.

An example of what can be accomplished with an integrated team and an engaged owner, the process involved a design competition with team members from locations in Montana, as well as Minneapolis, Minnesota, and Austin, Texas. Submissions were judged by the Gunderson family, with the winner being the basis for the final design. For this project, the journey (and a little friendly competition) created an even stronger relationship with the client, while exhibiting talent from a variety of Cushing Terrell offices.

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