McKernon Group earns HBRA Award for brewery

LAKE PLACID – The McKernon Group of Brandon Vermont was recently named first place in the category of “Commercial Renovation” by the Home Builders and Remodelers Association of Southern Vermont. Known locally and state-wide for their residential and light commercial projects, they were honored at the annual February awards banquet for their renovation work at the Lake Placid Pub and Brewery in Lake Placid.

This growing company chose to upgrade and renovate, giving their building a face-lift and maximizing the restaurant and brewery space. Once an old hospital, it was sandwiched into limited space.

The tower in front has been raised one full floor and gives staircase access to the second level of the restaurant. The antique stained glass window was removed and installed in a new frame. The rear of the building that housed the brewery and old apartments was torn down and in its place is a new foundation, the commercial kitchen, brewing space, a cold room and an elevator. On the second floor is additional seating for the restaurant.

Taking eight months to complete, this was accomplished in snow country with exceptionally cold weather. McKernon Project Manager, Rob Ekstrom, reported that the Pub and Brewery was able to carry on their business with few interruptions during the construction process.

The building is now handicap accessible and with the use of spray foam insulation, they have cut their heating bills.

The project was evaluated for its construction practices, craftsmanship, energy saving design and materials.