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Hi Sign Brewery


Texas Brewer’s Startup Dream

In 2016, entrepreneur Mark Phillippe teamed up with Smithdish Architecture to build Hi Sign Brewery. In addition to starting his new business, Mark faced the major task of converting a bare warehouse space into a attractive bar and working brewery. Frequent communication, education, and creative thinking were key to this successful build, and Mark explained that the close guidance of an experienced architect was essential: “I’m stepping out into the unknown, and I’m trying to mitigate as many things as possible ... you don’t know what you don’t know.”

A Specialized Design Team

Construction is a highly collaborative process, and a good architect is at the center of it all. For this project, Smithdish organized a team of trusted contractors and engineers who would be able to meet Hi Sign’s specialized needs as a brewery. Cameron created a detailed build schedule and worked with each team member to navigate Austin’s complex permitting and plan review process.

Cameron was critical, integral to the process ... we are where we are today through her interpretation.
— Mark Phillippe, Owner, Hi Sign Brewery

Seeking Form and Function

In the face of a tight budget and industry-specific requirements, Cameron worked closely with the client to prioritize functionality without compromising aesthetics. The result is a dramatic “showcase brewhouse,” in which patrons can enjoy a beer right next to engaging elements of the brewing process. According to Brewmaster Andrew Shelton, “It’s really cool ... you get the brewhouse and the cellar in one shot … plus, it’s easy to clean everything.”

Architect: Smithdish Architecture

Structural Engineer: Martinez Moore Engineers

Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing Engineer: APTUS Engineering

Civil Engineer: KBGE Engineering

Brewery Equipment Manufacturer: Metalcraft Fabrications

General Contractor: Franklin-Alan