Today we’d like to introduce you to Dustin Hauck.
Dustin, let’s start with your story. We’d love to hear how you got started and how the journey has been so far.
I have been practicing architecture for over twenty years. As the principal of Hauck Architecture, I am responsible for all of the firm’s projects and designs from feasibility studies, concept designs, project management and construction document production. I’ve been a local resident of San Diego since 1985 and founded Hauck Architecture in Nov. 2007.
In the first five years I worked mostly on custom residential projects in the coastal zone and some commercial tenant improvement projects. As an avid home brewer and member of the local QUAFF home brew club, I was seeing a lot of friends and fellow club members starting their own breweries. With experience in hospitality projects and brewing, it seemed like a logical choice to pursue a brewery project. Plan 9 Alehouse in Escondido and Benchmark Brewing in Grantville were the first brewery projects in 2012. Since then, we’ve become exclusive to projects for breweries, distilleries, ciders and the like. To date, we’ve work on over 90 brewery projects, establishing Hauck Architecture as the go-to for experienced brewery design and engineering.
Overall, has it been relatively smooth? If not, what were some of the struggles along the way?
There are always struggles for a small business. For us it has been a steady growth path from a closet sized office in my home, to taking over the living room for a two person office with my wife, to opening our own off-site office in an industrial warehouse space in Kearny Mesa. We try to keep our overhead low and run a tight ship. We have to stay competitive since we work in such a small niche market. Keeping tabs on project schedules and budgets, production staff and finances, while also staying on top of design and industry trends keeps us busy.
Alright – so let’s talk business. Tell us about Hauck Architecture – what should we know?
With my background in home brewing, we bring a specialized approach to the brewery design process. I have an inherent interest in our clients product and it’s success. I can understand their goals and their equipment. We bring together that passion for the industry along with our vast experience and put together the full project team to get a brewery built from initial conception to that first pour from the tap. We couldn’t do it without our resources from our staff, engineers, contractors and other industry professionals that are committed to the brewing industry. What makes us the most proud is seeing the smile on our clients faces when their doors open for the first time. The work is not over, but they have crossed the threshold of a huge milestone. Our commitment to and experience with the brewing industry definitely sets us apart from any other.
Any shoutouts? Who else deserves credit in this story – who has played a meaningful role?
We owe gratitude to the entire brewing community. To Benchmark Brewing and Plan 9 Alehouse for taking a chance on us. To all of the brewers and brewery owners that have called on us and allowed us to work on their projects. To the members of the QUAFF home brew club that set the standard for comradeship and support that the brewing industry has become known for. The brewing community is a very tight group unlike any other. In no other industry have I seen a group of competing businesses share their secrets and even supplies and labor for the betterment of the industry. We owe the entire brewing industry gratitude for allowing us to be a part of this amazing journey. And, to my wife and family for putting up with the long hours and endless brewery visits. I could not have done this without their support.
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4888 Ronson Ct. Ste. F
San Diego, CA 92111
- Website: http://www.HauckArchitecture.com
- Phone: 858-384-7795
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