main water and some of the main drain lines—was
in the footprint of the new building.”
For instance, more than 200 piers that support
new brewing vessels had to be installed around
existing utilities—without shutting them off. So the
project team overlayed the planned pier installa-
tion on a survey of the existing infrastructure. The
review helped the project team mitigate risks such
as broken water lines, which, in addition to stop-
ping the flow of beer, would have added time and
expense to the project, Mr. Jaworski says.
Another production risk was contamination. The
team installed plywood and plastic partitions to segregate the construction and production sites and prevent debris such as drywall dust from getting into beer
and ingredient supplies. “We had to plan on achieving
a certain level of completion in the new facility before
making the connection to the old facility,” he says.
Project managers in the beer industry also must
mitigate delays caused by changes in organizational
strategy, new government regulations or supply-chain interruptions—such as availability of new
brewing equipment. Those surprises “can drastically
change the scope of a project, in turn affecting delivery times and increasing costs,” Mr. Sanabria says.
PMP, lead—regional project management office
Latin America, SABMiller, Bogotá, Colombia.
“Strong project management can be a differentiat-
ing factor to help make the business meet its objec-
As the industry rapidly evolves and organizations
scale up, project professionals are tending to crowded
risk registers and stakeholder landscapes to ensure
benefits are realized and the beer keeps flowing.
Maintaining production was front of mind for
Zachry Construction Corp. when it launched an
18-month project in November 2014 to expand
historic Spoetzl Brewery in Shiner, Texas, USA. The
18,958-square-foot ( 1,761-square-meter) expansion, completed in 2016, doubled the brewery’s
output with a new three-story steel-frame building
built adjacent to the existing brewhouse.
“Sponsor expectations were clear that construction shall not interfere with beer production,” says
Chris Jaworski, senior project manager, Zachry
Construction, San Antonio, Texas, USA. “This was
challenging because a lot of the infrastructure that
serves the existing brewery—the main fiber, the
need to adapt
focus on the
—Nelson Sanabria, PMP,
SABMiller, Bogotá, Colombia
Lagunitas Brewing Co.’s current facilities
and its new brewery, below