October 2014 Newsletter

Topics: Coppertail Brewing's new tasting room, Business Observer's 40 under 40, Three steps before an office renovation

Ed Taylor building a new tasting room for Coppertail Brewery

Tampa Bay is a hot spot for craft beer, and Ed Taylor Construction has been tapped to build a tasting room for Coppertail Brewing Co. in Ybor City, one of the area’s newest breweries.

The two-story tasting room is part of the second phase of construction at the 35,000-square-foot brewery, originally built in the 1920s as a Hellman’s mayonnaise factory. The facility also includes a brewing room, warehouse space and corporate offices.

One of the coolest features of the tasting room will be a series of windows lining the wall behind the bar, providing a view into the brewery and bottling line. An outdoor patio will provide additional seating, with visits from food trucks.

“Our tasting room will be different in that we will offer a peek inside a fully operational packaging facility,” said Coppertail president Kent Bailey, who discovered his passion for craft beer as a home brewer.

Free Dive IPA, Night Swim Porter, and other Coppertail brews are expected to be on tap in the new tasting room by early 2015. In the meantime, a temporary tasting room is open at the brewery, located at 2601 E 2nd Ave.

Ed Taylor Construction’s Katie Gower among Business Observer’s 40 under 40

Katie Gower, Director of Business Development at Ed Taylor Construction, has been named one of the Business Observer’s “40 under 40.”

Now in its 15th year, the popular “40 under 40” annual issue recognizes bright, young business leaders along the west coast of Florida.

In her profile, Katie explains how she didn’t picture herself going into construction, but she’s glad she ended up in a field that isn’t typical for a woman. She hopes to encourage other young women to also step outside the norm.

“I’d like to change the way people see construction,” Katie says. “Not a lot of women are in the industry. I want to pave the way.” 

Three steps to take before you start an office renovation 

There are several reasons why a company decides to renovate an office: it needs more space, less space or to reconfigure its space. Whatever the reason, the bottom line is the company needs its office space to function differently.

Mark Weaver, Vice President of Ed Taylor Construction, advises that once you understand the new functionality you need, there are three steps to take before a renovation can begin.

  1. Talk to your landlord. The first step is to talk with your landlord to see if they can accommodate your needs, especially if you’re looking to reduce or expand your current space. If you are looking to expand, you don’t want to assume a space next to you is available – even if it’s vacant – because the landlord could already be in negotiations with another prospective tenant.
  2. Engage the professionals. Once you and your landlord are on the same page, it’s time to start planning for the renovation.
    • Meet with an architect. An architect or designer will ask the right questions to come up with a design to meet your needs.
    • Consult with a general contractor. Once you have the designs, a general contractor can provide preliminary budget numbers and a schedule. The contractor can also offer advice on how the renovation might impact the business and its employees, particularly if it is an occupied remodel.
  3. Sit down with employees. Once the deal moves forward, Ed Taylor recommends going through the plans with employees. Show them exactly what the new space will look like, where their desks will be located and review the timeframe and plan of action with them. This is also a good time to remind employees that while construction is underway, there could be some inconvenience, and to ask for their patience during that time.