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1229 N. Dutton Avenue Suite C
Santa Rosa
CA, 95401
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Tony Simmons

Builders of Quality Projects Throughout Northern California

Nordby Construction Services and Wine Caves

Based in Santa Rosa, California, Nordby is comprised of three privately held,full-service general contractor companies, which includeConstruction Services,Wine Caves andSignature Homes. As builders of quality projects for almost 40 years throughout Northern California and the adjoining Western states, Nordby takes pride in delivering exceptional buildings and client service. Nordby’s building expertise includes both new construction and renovation of commercial,custom homes, luxury estates,hospitality,winery,wine cave, tenant improvements, and technology facilities.Founded in 1978, Nordby continues to work with clients toward a common goal--to better our community, improve the lives of our employees as well as our clientele, and prepare for future generations.

Nordby Winery Construction Projects

 

The Nordby Effect can often be described as being reassured that a project is being performed in a way that exceeds expectations.  Most websites feature finished structures. The real story happens before the project is finished. This blog covers the project story and the people who make these structures a tangible reality. 

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Due Diligence & Preconstruction Services


CONSTRUCTION SERVICES

 

Preconstruction Services

Each client has different needs when it comes to a pre-purchase effort, some clients have in-house expertise while others do not. There are clients who may have low-risk tolerance and are willing to spend a larger sum upfront, while others simply pursue a cursory review. Whatever the circumstance, Nordby Construction Services gets an understanding of the client's goals early on to determine their specific needs in due diligence.

 

Construction Services

With each project, we take a strategic approach. We address the Owners concerns and work towards meeting the Owner conditions of satisfaction. This process begins by establishing a baseline budget and creating a preconstruction schedule. The schedule outlines the timeline’s for the process and creates expectations and commitments for the entire team. We call the process “Progressive Preconstruction” and this process will enable the team to work more conducive in these turbulent times. This process also allows us to identify future breakdowns in the construction process by doing constructability reviews of the plans. Our progressive preconstruction is very rigid in the process and this promotes success in our projects each time we use it.

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 Nordby Construction Services, Winery Projects

WINE CAVES

 

We provide experienced-based options for building your new wine cave.

If storage is a primary objective, there needs to be consideration on how the client plans to store or stack the barrels. There needs to be sufficient space for the required equipment. If the winery’s storage capacity is not carefully considered, the space can easily become cluttered and hard to manage. Additionally, if there is a desire to feature marketing events, the desired space needs to be integrated into the functional cave.

 

Unearthing your site’s unique qualities.

A geotechnical investigation is necessary for early planning. Geotechnical data is used to determine the required support for a cave. It is important to discover early on whether your cave site is favorable from a geological standpoint.

Learn more about our Wine Cave Construction Services!

Foley Johnson Tasting Room
Foley Johnson Tasting Room
Remodel Existing Tasting Room & Private VIP Room, New Fermentation Room, Barrel Room & Covered Crush Rutherford, California
Keiu Hoang Tasting Room
Keiu Hoang Tasting Room
Remodel Existing Tasting Room & Retail Area Napa, California
Merriam Winery
Merriam Winery
10,000 sq. ft. Production Facility & 5,050 sq. ft. Tasting Room Windsor, California
Monte De Oro Winery
Monte De Oro Winery
19,000 sq. ft. Wine Tasting & Retail Center Temecula, California
Rhys Wine Cave
Rhys Wine Cave
30,000 sq. ft. of underground production facilities. Los Gatos, California
Roth Tasting Room
Roth Tasting Room
New Tasting Room Healdsburg, CA
Brown Estate Wine Cave
Brown Estate Wine Cave
5,000 sq. ft. of barrel storage. St. Helena, California
Nine Suns Wine Cave
Nine Suns Wine Cave
St. Helena, California
Roth Wine Cave
Roth Wine Cave
8,600 sq. ft. barrel storage and events facility. Healdsburg, California
Brown Estate Tasting Room
Brown Estate Tasting Room
2,200 sq. ft. interior tenant improvement located in the old Napa Register building Napa, CA
Justin Vineyards Wine Cave
Justin Vineyards Wine Cave
16,000 sq. ft. of barrel storage and events facility, located on a 160 acre property. Paso Robles, California
Goldeneye Winery
Goldeneye Winery
25,000 sq. ft. LEED Accredited Winery Facility Philo, CA
Jackson Family Wines Office Tenant Improvement
Jackson Family Wines Office Tenant Improvement
27,163 sq. ft. Interior tenant improvements. Windsor, CA
KJ Wine Center
KJ Wine Center
Remodel of the existing Tasting & Event Facility and new construction of a 9,000 sq. ft. Culinary Kitchen Fulton, CA
Goosecross Winery
Goosecross Winery
New Production Facility, New Tasting Room, Barrel Room & Administration Offices Yountville, CA
Carlisle Winery
Carlisle Winery
Windsor, California
Blanket Wine Cave
Blanket Wine Cave
Yountville, California
Kenzo Estate Wine Cave
Kenzo Estate Wine Cave
22,000 sq. ft. of barrel storage Napa, California
Healdsburg Wine Cave Video
Healdsburg Wine Cave Video
Owner shares her experience building her wine cave.

News Archive


6 Persuasive Reasons Why You Should Store Wine in a Cave
07 March, 2018

Written by Rick Shone on February 23, 2018 

 

You could say an underground wine cave is Earth’s answer to the wine fridge. Varying in size and use, these spaces are intriguing and, more importantly, practical for wine aging and storage. Wine caves are not new. For hundreds of years, people have used these spaces to store wine for reasons that are just as relevant today. This post covers six persuasive and practical reasons why wineries should seriously consider storing wine in a cave.

1. Wine caves provide the ideal light, humidity, temperature conditions for storage. Fluctuating weather patterns are making the stability of subterranean spaces a more attractive proposition for wine aging as opposed to their above ground counterparts. Strong light can adversely affect the phenolic compounds in wine and jeopardize the final product. A dimly lit wine cave protects your assets from these unfavorable effects. A wine cave’s consistent temperature range provides the best year-round conditions for aging and storing wine, and ideal for storing barrels without drying them out. A cave’s natural humidity reduces evaporation. Reds require a humidity over 75% and whites over 85% for ideal aging and barrel storage. Inherently, wine cave humidity will range anywhere from 70 to 90%. Additionally, there are studies that show the effects of vibration in above ground wine storage result in accelerated aging along with adverse effects on the chemistry and overall quality. Caves environments provide a relatively still place for aging.

Kenzo Estate, Wine Cave

Kenzo Estate Winery, Napa

2. Wine caves maximize a winery site’s capacity. Winery facilities include tasting facilities, offices, laboratories, production areas, and warehouses. Why not tuck them underground? Subterranean cave systems can free up a lot of land space and opens up surface area to grow more grapes or other uses which largely depend on your state’s regulations. Cave systems serve a range of purposes including wine aging, barrel storage, and guest accommodations.

 

Rhys Vineyards, Santa Cruz

 Rhys Vineyards, Santa Cruz

 

3. Wine caves provide a safe haven from wildfire, earthquakes, and other unforeseen hazards.  During the firestorm of 2017, wineries continued the production process underground while fires raged above giving new meaning the phrase “the show must go on.” In California, earthquakesoccur without notice and often lead to structural damage to above ground structures. Wine barrel racking systems have been known to tumble down and often result in the loss of wine assets.  Wine barrel racks located in a cave structures tend to withstand this type of calamity. A cave provides a more secure storage environment for your wine assets. 

 

Kenzo Estate Winery, Napa

  Kenzo Estate Winery, Napa

4. Wine cave spaces use less energy than their above ground counterparts. For the most part, wine caves are reliable and consistent in terms of temperature and humidity.*   As a result, these spaces do not require substantial heating, cooling, and humidifying and, therefore, provide a more efficient area for storing your assets. In effect, a wine cave’s natural insulation translates into reduced operational costs.

(Note: The earth's and corresponding cave tempature may vary seasonally)

Porter Family Vineyards, Napa

 Porter Family Vineyards, Napa

5. Wine caves are debatably more environmentally friendly than above ground structures. Along with reduced operational costs to power your storage facility, underground wine cave systems decrease your winery’s carbon footprint. Wine caves are not as susceptible to the seasonal temperature variation, resulting in a lesser draw upon energy and associated water resources. One of the tenets of being green is reuse. Wine caves appreciate the benefits of the earth's natural temperature (cooling) and do not have to deal with stormwater runoff. Winery neighbors and environmentalists tend to object when above ground structures dominate the landscape. Wine caves are out of site. With the popularity of green roofs, shouldn't wine owners promote their open space as its most beautiful feature?

Alexander Valley Vineyard, Healdsburg

Alexander Valley Vineyard, Healdsburg 

6. Wine caves transform an ordinary winery into a destination. We all know there are thousands of competing brands in wine industry. The number of wineries is the result of consumers insatiable desire to experience the romance that surrounds winemaking. It’s not uncommon for visitors to plan whole vacations around wine tastings and tours. Given these well-known facts, a wine cave is just one more way to differentiate your winery from the rest. From scenic views of vineyards to consuming the delicious fermented beverage, there is a lot to love about these dark enclaves. Wine caves provide dimly-lit romantic spaces for visitors to witness wine production, experience wine tastings and food pairings, and participate in wine auctions and special events. It is not unusual to find commercial caves that include exhibit or concert halls, wine libraries, private kitchens, and restrooms with high-end finishes like stone flooring, sculptures and artwork, mood lighting, chandeliers, fountains and waterfalls. Caves offer unique propositions for the wine connoisseur.

Roth Estate, Healdsburg

Roth Estate, Healdsburg

You could say wine caves have withstood the test of time for aging and storage. Generations of winemakers have used these spaces to effectively secure their assets. It comes as no surprise to us that they continue to be a timeless, practical, and fun solution for many wineries.

If you liked this post, you may be interested in reading 9 Things to Consider for Your Next Underground Project.


What is Due Diligence? Know the Winery Basics.
16 February, 2018

In my wildest dreams, I never imagined the Wine Country would evolve into the destination it has become today. Raised in Sonoma, I take for granted what so many find to be a desirable place to live and work. Residing in the Wine Country is a lifestyle – many people are drawn here to live out their dream of owning and operating a winery. Seduced by the lifestyle, I think it is all too easy to want to ignore sound business judgment. In this post, I offer up some helpful insight into the key areas that need to be considered for living your dream of owning a winery.

Like any other business purchase, I recommend a thorough due diligence effort. Due diligence is the process of evaluating a potential investment by gathering facts like financial records and other details that allow for making a sound business judgment. Purchasing a winery requires some specialized research. A buyer should determine whether their business goals will be met during the pre-purchase / due diligence phase. The following offers up 10 key areas to consider prior to purchasing a new winery.

  1. Identify and retain a winery due diligence team. If a buyer does not have in-house expertise, they should gather knowledgeable resources including lawyers, planners, civil engineers, general contractors, viticulturists, winemakers, environmental specialists, and well drillers who will be able to provide valuable information needed to determine the overall “fitness” of the investment. There is a direct correlation between the number of professionals and business risk. When a buyer is armed with professional insight, they are poised to make a business decision of lesser risk.
  2. Assess the topography and climate. There are many microclimates in California. When a prospective property is identified, it is important to evaluate topographical contours that might create microclimates that may affect the grape’s quality and/or production. Factor in frost control. Is there any? Is so, what kind? Is the vineyard configured in a way that takes advantage of sunlight?
  3. Unearth environmental concerns. The Wine Country is an agricultural community that requires maintaining the integrity of the environment. It is important to become acquainted with local regulations. Is there a current “Phase I” environmental report for the property? If not, this report should be obtained and carefully reviewed.
  4. Inspect the roads and infrastructure. Determine whether the property is accessible by usable roads, i.e wide enough to accommodate the vineyard and winery production equipment. Find out whether road access is purchased or dependent on an adjacent property. If dependent on an adjacent property, find out if there are recorded easements. Also, identify the existing utilities being supplied to the property.
  5. Inspect water, process waste and domestic waste. It almost goes without saying - water is a precious commodity for a vineyard. Evaluate the availability/construction water/irrigation. Is there an opportunity for water storage? Research whether there are any regulations governing ground or surface water for non-residential purposes. Ultimately, it is important to inspect and understand how the existing inflow and outflow systems (septic, process and domestic) are constructed and how they relate to current and future production levels. 
  6. Inspect the existing buildings. Buyers should carefully evaluate the conditions of existing property structures. Focus on the foundation, exterior and interior walls, roofing, doors, windows and exterior and interior finishes. Also, assess the property’s parking, landscaping, and site amenities.
    • Mechanical, Electrical and PlumbingA thorough accounting of all equipment needs to be conducted. Mechanical systems, plumbing, refrigeration, electrical and heating, ventilating and air conditioning need expert inspection. Determine how much life exists in these building systems. All equipment should be in good working condition and on-site if listed in the purchase. 
  7. Find out if there is a history of pests. Buyers need to find out if there are any pest reports on this property. Look for pest problems, noxious animal activity, noxious weeds, and disease.
  8. Permitting [Planning/Building] It is important to have an experienced company to investigate the property's permits and provide a reporting. Obtain research to determine whether the property's required permits are in place and compliant. Evaluate both building and planning permits. How do they differ? 
  9. Interview the management and staff. Get to know the winery operations by interviewing the management and personnel.  They possess historical knowledge and are intimately familiar with all the operational details.   This step allows for a greater perspective on the property's unique qualities and deficiencies. 
  10. Determine whether the property will work with your expansion plans. Before closing the deal, obtain estimates of necessary and recommended repairs and upgrades over the next 10 years of ownership. A buyer's vision and long-term goals should always be factored into the equation to ultimately determine whether this property is a "true fit."

There is a lot to consider before buying into a lifestyle. With wineries, there are many areas to consider. Ultimately, it is important to know what you are buying.

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Reverie Vineyard & Winery, Calistoga, CA

Schramsberg Vineyards, Calistoga, CA

Vigil Vineyard Winery, Calistoga, CA

Stonetree Vineyards, Glen Ellen, CA

La Crema Tasting Room, Healdsburg, CA

Roth Estate Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Seghesio Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Simoncini Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA

Valhall Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Williams Selyem Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Waterfowl Winery, Hopland, CA

Rhys Vineyards, Los Gatos, CA

Kirkland Ranch Winery, Napa, CA

Koves Newlan Winery, Napa, CA

Miner Family Vineyards, Napa, CA

Porter Family Vineyards, Napa, CA

Robert Sinskey Vineyards, Napa, CA

Stags Leap Winery, Napa, CA

William Hill Estate Winery, Napa, CA

ZD Wines, Napa, CA

Meridian Vineyards, Paso Robles, CA

Rubicon Estates, Rutherford, CA

St. Francis Winery & Vineyards, Santa Rosa, CA

Marimar Estate Vineyards & Winery, Sebastopol, CA

Nicholson Ranch Winery, Sonoma, CA

Merus Wines, St. Helena, CA

Nine Suns, St. Helena, CA

Villa Mt. Eden Winery, St. Helena, CA

Monte de Oro Winery, Temecula, CA

Merriam Vineyards, Windsor, CA

Checkerboard Vineyards, Calistoga, CA

Flowers Vineyards & Winery, Cazadero, CA

Asti Winery, Cloverdale, CA

Chateau Souverian, Cloverdale, CA

de Lorimier Winery, Geyserville, CA

Alexander Valley Vineyards, Healdsburg, CA

Belvedere Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Chalk Hill Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Dry Creek Vineyard, Healdsburg, CA

Gary Farrell Vineyards & Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Jordan Winery, Healdsburg, CA

Chateau St. Jean Winery, Kenwood, CA

Atlas Peak Vineyards, Napa, CA

Brown Estate Vineyards, Napa, CA

Kenzo Estate Winery, Napa, CA

Kieu Hoang Winery, Napa, CA

Halter Ranch Vineyard, Paso Robles, CA

Justin Vineyards & Winery, Paso Robles, CA

Goldeneye Winery, Philo, CA

Foley Johnson Winery, Rutherford, CA

Hansen Family, Santa Rosa, CA

Jackson Family Wines, Santa Rosa, CA

Anderson’s Conn Valley Vineyards, St. Helena, CA

Beringer Vineyards, Hudson House, St. Helena, CA

Bremer Family Winery, St. Helena, CA

Catacula Lake Winery, St. Helena, CA

Franciscan Oakville Estates, St. Helena, CA

Carlisle Winery & Vineyards, Windsor, CA

Blankiet Estate Winery, Yountville, CA

Goosecross Cellars, Yountville, CA

Title Name Email Phone
President, Construction Services Tony Simmons tonysimmons@nordby.net (707) 526-4500 Ext (2630)
President, Wine Caves Rick Shone rickshone@nordby.net (707) 526-4500 Ext (2637)
Senior PM Bill Baker billbaker@nordby.net (707) 526-4500 Ext (2633)
CFO Bob Collins bobcollins@nordby.net (707) 526-4500 Ext (2614)
CEO Craig Nordby craignordby@nordby.net (707) 526-4500 Ext (2604)

 Nordby Invitational & The Salvation Army

Nordby Invitational & Salvation Army

The Nordby Invitational is a special annual event to assist The Santa Rosa Salvation Army in helping those in need and lifting people out of poverty. Proceeds from the Nordby Invitational go directly to The Salvation Army to provide shelter, food, basic assistance, and youth programs to the Santa Rosa community.

The relationship between Nordby Invitational, The Salvation Army, and the Santa Rosa community is one of the great success stories in our area’s history of charitable giving. The Nordby Invitational is a special annual event to assist The Santa Rosa Salvation Army in helping those in need and lifting people out of poverty. Proceeds from the Nordby Invitational go directly to The Salvation Army to provide shelter, food, basic assistance, and youth programs to the Santa Rosa community.

Our objective this year. Our combined focus this year is to replenish and ramp up The Salvation Army’s funds for long-term recovery efforts from the October 2017 firestorm while sustaining normal services to the community.

Wildfire damages are reported to top $3 Billion. The Salvation Army looks to continue help fire survivors in years to come by offering long-term assistance with financial and housing needs, furniture and household supplies, utilities assistance, medical and dental care, work supplies needed to be replaced, school supplies needed to be replaced, vehicle repairs, and other miscellaneous needs related to the fire.

We need to replenish and ramp up funding. Fire survivor assistance is being provided in addition to The Salvation Army’s normal community services. They provide support for 160 units of low income senior housing, a senior center, 4,000 nights of transitional shelter, afterschool tutoring offered at 4 schools, gang prevention programs, and family services which offers rent, utility, and food assistance to needy families. The Salvation Army also provides seasonal assistance, giving over 9,000 Christmas toys to needy children and fire survivors. Every month The Salvation Army serves over 2,000 members of our community.

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