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Hood-Rich Architecture


Hold Fast Brewing initially began as a home brewing venture for the McLeod Sisters, and soon turned into a successful and thriving family business that was named Business of the Year by Downtown Springfield Association in 2020. When the brewery began searching for the perfect location for their first brick and mortar, an old decommissioned fire station seemed like the perfect fit.

RTM Engineering Consultants was contracted by our client, Hood-Rich Architecture to provide the mechanical, electrical, and plumbing engineering design services in order to transform the fire station into a brewery and tap house. The MEP project scope included electrical and piping connections for the brewing chiller, grist mill, keg washers, brewhouse, fermentation and storage tanks and associated motors, along with the refrigeration equipment for the brewery. A significant design challenge presented to the team was incorporating current technology into the existing building systems without changing the feel of the building substantially from the original fire station vibe. The project team carefully coordinated with our client and the owner in order to make sure the project goals were met.

The newly completed space includes indoor and outdoor seating, bar, a new concrete patio, and parking for food trucks.