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Mount Hope Winery

2775 Lebanon Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Participant information

Submitted by John Giuliani

Enercept, Inc.
Charlie Ewalt
3100 9th Avenue SE
Watertown, SD 57201

Phone: 605-882-2222
Email Address: enercept@enercept.com
Website: www.enercept.com




Project information:
Mount Hope Winery
2775 Lebanon Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Date Completed: Spring 2018

Dimensions of building (all floors of multi-story building): New addition: 87' 10" x 60' 10"
Existing first floor: 42' x 95'
Existing second floor: 42' x 95'

Total sq. ft. of conditioned space: 13,348 sq.ft.

Built By:
Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Scott Bowser
2775 Lebanon Road
Manheim, PA 17545


Panels Manufactured By: Enercept, Inc.


Designed By:

Marotta/Main Architect
Donald Main
214 North Duke St.
Lancaster, PA 17602


Describe the end use of the building: This building is wine producing facility for the Mount Hope Winery. The ground floor provides 9,250 square feet of workable space and it is open for public tours. The repurposed barn loft is a venue that is rented out for special events (such as weddings, anniversaries, reunions, etc.)

How did SIP construction help you get this job? At the onset of this project, the owner specified three primary requirements: price, time and efficiency. Building with SIP construction met all three of the owner's requirements. The owner was also looking for a clear open space for the addition. The strength and design of a SIP roof made this possible.

SIP wall thickness and core material: 6" EPS walls over existing barn; 8" EPS walls for the addition
SIP roof thickness and core material: 10" EPS roof

Describe the benefits of using SIPs on this project. Did SIPs help save time, labor, construction costs, or energy? Building at an active Renaissance Faire location presented time constraints and demanded efficiency. By building with SIPs they were able to install panels over the 1" vertical siding and metal roofing on the existing barn and install the building additions wall and roof panels in just a few weeks, enclosing the addition before the
start of the busy spring and summer seasons. Concrete and dirt work were started in August 2016, SIP panels were delivered in March 2017; by the end of May 2017 the building was enclosed and wine production was under way. The interior work was completed and venue opened in early 2018.


Describe any innovative design elements or structural engineering involved: The winery project involved wrapping an 1800's barn with SIPs (walls and roof) and re-cladding the barn with new barn board and metal roofing. They also added a 5,400 sq. ft. SIP addition with an overall height of 22'.

Please list any certifications the project received, such as ENERGY STAR, LEED, National Green Building Standard, WELL, Passive House, Green Globes or local green building programs. Only list certifications that are completed: n/a


Describe the HVAC system used on the project: A propane heater was installed to handle with heating needs. An industrial ceiling fan was installed to handle the cooling needs.


Any additional comments on the project: The owner preserved and reused much of the existing wood barn board to maintain the original rustic look of a 200 year old barn. After a 35 year hiatus, the owner of the Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire moved his production winery back onto the Faire Grounds. This move enables him to provide winery tours and tastings in conjunction with other events at the Faire. The barn and addition also provide an attractive location for weddings, receptions and other gatherings in the 'Feasting Glen' located in the loft of the barn. A piece of the Estate's history, the original barn was built in the 1800's and rebuilt in 1908 after a fire. Features include some of the original rock walls, barn board and framing lumber. Using SIPs to encase the barn will preserve this building for generations to come. During the hottest months of the summer the Winery was able to maintain an indoor temperature of 72 degrees using only the ceiling fan.

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Builder Information

Pennsylvania Renaissance Faire
Scott Bower2775 Lebanon Road
Manheim, PA 17545

Panels manufactured by Enercept, Inc..

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