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Half Acre - Balmoral Brewery


Half Acre Beer Company


SPACE architects (2017), Vertu Architecture + Design (2021)

Date of Completion

2017, 2021

In 2008, Half Acre opened as one of Chicago’s first production breweries before the craft brewery scene took off, and they quickly became one of the city’s most successful breweries. By 2015, their growth spurred them to open a second brewing facility on Balmoral Avenue, including a taproom and outdoor beer garden.

Helios has worked closely with Half Acre to complete various renovations to their 60,000 SF Balmoral facility. We were first contracted in 2017 to build out a new taproom and kitchen next to their production facility. Our work consisted of all new MEP/FP systems, floor and wall finishes, masonry work, and new windows. We closely coordinated with the client to ensure that all MEP provisions were properly laid out for the new kitchen and taproom equipment.

In 2021, Helios was brought back in to reconfigure Half Acre’s kitchen. A brand-new Type 1 kitchen exhaust hood was installed, along with a new kitchen exhaust fan and make-up air unit. The underground plumbing and existing electrical were reconfigured to allow for the new kitchen layout. All new fiberglass reinforced panels, acoustic ceiling tile, and an anti-slip epoxy floor were installed. Helios worked closely with Trimark to confirm all equipment requirements were met and establish timely delivery/install of the kitchen equipment.

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