Oct 09, 2018

The Barn: National and International Acclaim, and a Documentary


Brown Construction, Inc. completed construction of The Barn—an iconic riverfront event venue and community asset—in the summer of 2016; and yet the project continues to receive local, national, and international acclaim.

The Barn has been recognized by the following esteemed award programs:

  • Engineering News-Record California 2017 Best Projects Awards, Best Landscape/Urban Development Award
  • American Institute of Architects, Central Valley Chapter Design Awards, Citation Award
  • PCBC 2017 Gold Nugget Awards, 2017 Award of Merit for Best Special Use Project
  • Sacramento Business Journal 2016-17 Best Real Estate Projects, Best Community Impact Project

 Recently, Architect Magazine did a great job composing this mini-documentary on building the "soaring timber superstructure." The video really captures the fine balance of the development, design, and construction complexities of this iconic venue.

The video was shot, in part, at Brown Construction's headquarters in West Sacramento, and it features Mark Friedman of Fulcrum, Jerry van Eyck of !melk, and Brown Construction's Dan Kowaleski and Jerry Spain; with photography by Duane Gillette, Chad Davies.

The entire team who made this unprecedented design a reality deserves endless kudos: on the Brown Construction team: Matt DeFazio (PX), Dan Kowaleski (PM), Jerry Spain (lead superintendent, tour guide), Tim Elderd (superintendent, custom tool-maker, crane operator), David Oliver (lead carpenter), John DeWitt (carpenter), Greg Bushneff (carpenter); Owner/developer: Fulcrum Property; architect: !melk landscape architecture & urban design; structural engineer: Magnusson Klemencic Associates

Click here for the full article published by Architect Magazine, The Journal of the American Institute of Architects.

Click here for more information on The Barn.