Marrillia Builds the Largest Distilling Institute in the World for the University of Kentucky

On Monday, August 7, 2023 Marrillia Design and Construction and the University of Kentucky cut the ribbon on the James B. Beam Institute for Kentucky Spirits, the world’s largest distilling institute. This Marrillia project will help shape the future of distillation in Kentucky and provides the platform to train future leaders in distilled spirits.  This project ensures the welfare and prosperity of Kentucky’s spirits industry.

Today’s ceremony reinforces our commitment to investing in our students and Kentucky’s future...It also reinforces the importance of our essential partnerships that will help us advance Kentucky. This new facility will help leverage transdisciplinary work and show students that the distilling industry needs employees from a vast array of disciplines and majors.”

A Facility to Teach the Next Generation of Distillers

The Beam Institute offers engineering, chemistry, business, law, horticulture, forestry, food science, and entomology courses to address spirits industry needs in sustainable agriculture, research, and development and more.  This project is the only distillery operating on a college campus in the country and navigates the complex overlap of operations with the educational needs of the students and faculty.  Students will begin learning in the new facilities this fall. 

This is the largest teaching distillery in the United States and in the world...It will allow us to train the next generation of distillers and researchers, and to conduct cutting-edge research on the science of spirits production.”

A Project that Hits Close to Home

Very few places in the world have a historic landmark product like bourbon, and this Marrillia constructed facility increases the longevity and the economic development for the spirits industry in Kentucky.  Marrillia took immense pride in constructing this project which means so much to the health and vibrancy of Kentucky’s signature bourbon industry for generations to come.  

It was such a privilege for this Marrillia team to construct this one-of-a kind teaching institute for the University of Kentucky... This was a passion project for our team and we look forward to enjoying the amazing work, and spirits from the bright minds that graduate from this program."


Founded in 2008, Marrillia Design and Construction is a commercial general contractor specializing in design/build and construction management services headquartered in Lexington, Kentucky with a branch division serving the Louisville/Southern Indiana market. Marrillia has successfully completed more than 235 projects totaling more than $345 million in value. Marrillia’s commitment to excellence, integrity, safety and value have satisfied customers across the commonwealth of Kentucky including University of Kentucky, University of Louisville, LG&E KU, Kentucky Department of Education and many more. To learn more, visit