Ponzi Vineyards

This was truly a breakout project as it really allowed the company to showcase not only my personal architectural interests, but also demonstrate the high level of detailed construction we always administer.”

– Brett Fogelstrom owner of Fogelstrom Design Build Company

State of the Art Wine Making: Designing a building as smooth as the wine

The Ponzi winemaking family outgrew their makeshift tasting rooms and administrative office, so they built a contemporary Ponzi Wine Tasting & Corporate Office Building to showcase the bounty of one of their vineyards. The low-profile building contains 15 offices and an expansive wine tasting area with high ceilings, vast windows, and a clearstory. DCI Engineers kept the roof structure as thin as possible to maintain the architect’s vision of a clean look. The project team also accomplished a column-free structural system to emphasize the expanse of the tasting area and the sense of being immersed in the vineyard.

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Sherwood, Oregon
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Commercial, Industrial
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Primary Material:
Concrete, Steel, Wood

Project Highlights

  • Established a column-free floor layout for visitors to have unobstructed views of the Willamette Valley.
  • Brought in as much natural light from the floor-to-ceiling windows and a clearstory architectural element.
  • The westside lateral system is anchored to the massive concrete fireplace, so there is no need for distracting-looking bracing between the roof and walls.
  • Used plywood web I-joists with a flush cantilever system to minimize the soffit band at the roof line.


2015 SEAO Excellence in Structural Engineering for “New Building Under $10M”

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Wade Younie

Principal, Portland


I love coming to work every morning to discover my next challenge. The diversity of projects and clients keeps my job exciting."

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