Surry Community College, The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology

Dobson, North Carolina

tuated on the campus of Surry Community College, The Shelton-Badgett North Carolina Center for Viticulture & Enology is the first of its kind east of the Mississippi. It serves as a gateway to the North Carolina wine country and a catalyst for the state’s burgeoning wine industry.

The center serves as a teaching ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCOST PER SQ FT$234.83CITATIONSpecialized Facility CitationFEATURED IN2011 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized and demonstration model for the wine industry; it includes a commercially bonded and student-run winery. The facility houses a crush pad, fermentation and processing facilities, temperature-controlled barrel storage, lab and testing spaces, classrooms, faculty offices, a library, and a grand meeting hall for college and community events.

Inspired by the agrarian landscape of a vineyard and the wine-making process, the design of the center depicts the metaphysical transformation that occurs as grapes grow and are made into wine. The concept begins by looking at the three elements needed in order to create wine: nature, man’s influence on nature and process/machinery. Beginning with what touches the earth, the stacked natural stone base of the building represents what comes from nature. The carefully detailed stacked brick with various joint details reinforces the modular, precise and controlled processes of enology. The design concept is reinforced further with other details and material selection such as stone, wood, brick and steel.

The result is a unique environment for the community in which the precision of structure and architecture represents agriculture through viticulture and the influence of science through the process of enology.

"An elegant, nicely designed facility. Bright, natural materials reflect the function and location."--2011 jury