At a 10th anniversary celebration earlier this month, the Ceja family announced that its long-planned winery construction project will start later this summer. The goal is to begin building the first phase of a multimillion-dollar Ceja Vineyards winery among the family's vines on the Napa County side of Los Carneros winegrowing region.
The project, designed partly by Valley Architects of St. Helena, was approved last year.
In the first phase, an existing barn and two other farming buildings will be torn down to build a two-story, 21,600-square-foot fermentation building with covered crushpad, barrel storage, tasting room, and wine library. The wine company has been making about 10,000 cases annually in the MacRostie winery in Sonoma's Eighth Street East urban winery cluster.
A commercial kitchen will be an important feature of the second phase of the winery project. A 5,700-square-foot building next to the winery will house a hospitality center with a lounge for limousine drivers, more crush capacity and room for barrels, and a hacienda-style patio with a cantera stone fountain.
The last phase includes more casegood storage and expanded outdoor areas with an olive grove. The project also will include environmentally sustainable features such as solar energy and subsurface irrigation from treated process wastewater.
Kinder Morgan Energy Partners LP signed a 10-year lease for 6,222 square feet at 709 Beck Ave. in Fairfield for its new regional office. The Houston-based pipeline and fuel storage company's West Coast Products Pipelines business started a $48 million project at Travis Air Force Base in the city last fall and plans to complete it in March 2012.
The business transports about 1.2 million barrels refined petroleum products daily and services 28 customer-owned terminals, 11 commercial airports and 15 military bases, according to its 2010 annual report.
One pipeline runs underground between terminals in Concord and West Sacramento, and a smaller one parallels it from Concord to Travis Air Force Base in Fairfield. The company rerouted and expanded the bigger pipeline around Suisun Marsh after about 100,000 gallons of diesel fuel leaked in April 2004. In October of last year, Kinder Morgan completed a 16-inch-diameter new jet fuel pipeline from the main Concord-Sacramento line to the base. The company is now building three 150,000-barrel storage tanks and related facilities on the base.
Brooks Pedder, Eric Dakin and Tony Binswanger of Colliers International brokered the lease.
San Rafael-based environmental consulting firm WRA Inc. promoted senior associates Dana Riggs, Justin Semion and Geoff Smick to associate principal. With these promotions, 11 of WRA's 46 employees are now part-owners.
Ms. Riggs and Mr. Semion joined the company in 2001, and Mr. Smick in 2005.
Ms.Riggs is a senior wildlife biologist and manages projects such as biological habitat assessments, state and federal species-protection agency consultation and permitting, special-status avian and wildlife species surveys, constraint and impact analysis, mitigation and monitoring plans, conservation banking and long-term species habitat management planning.