When we were brought in by general contractor Solaris Group to complete the gas and plumbing work at TIME Winery, we didn’t realize at first just how unique a project it was. TIME Winery, owned and envisioned by wine industry pioneer and legend Harry McWatters, offers visitors a different experience than other wineries in the Okanagan valley – or anywhere else in the country, for that matter: everything but the vineyard, all under one roof, right in the heart of downtown Penticton BC. “It’s the first urban winery in Canada. It features a full crush pad, tank and barrel fermentation area, bottling and storage all under one roof, with a tasting bar, dining area and a retail area,” Ross Manning, co-owner of Solaris Group of Companies, told the Business Examiner. The old building underwent extensive renovations, having previously housed the historic PenMar movie theatre. The original wood ceiling paneling was kept and restored, complimented by architecture intended to preserve the building’s heritage. With considerable experience in wood beam construction, Manning and Solaris Group co-owner Rocky Los were able to mill all of the beams for this distinctive project themselves. Their hard work paid off, when TIME Winery and Solaris Group were recognized with two awards at the 10th annual Thompson Okanagan Kootenay Commercial Building Awards, held in Kelowna on September 20th. The project took top honours with the Award for Excellence in the Wood Construction category, as well as a Merit Award (runner-up) in the Winery category. We at Burns Mechanical Ltd. are honoured to have been a part of the TIME Winery project and congratulate Solaris Group on your recognition. We look forward to providing quality workmanship in mechanical services to Solaris Group on other current and future projects!