Surna Cultivation Technologies (www.surna.com), a Colorado-based indoor cultivation engineering company, has published an article to help new, controlled-environment farmers understand some of the nuances of indoor cultivation. In an article titled “Building a Grow Facility: Tips from an Architectural Grow Room Designer,” Surna explains why it’s essential to leverage the experience of someone familiar with indoor growing instead of passing to cost reduction measures.
Surna commented, “The first step in any cannabis business plan should be determining what type of cannabis production facility you want to build.” This includes identifying the market segments you wish to serve and production expectations, which will help you determine the size of the space, decide whether the structure will be sealed or a greenhouse, and decide whether the installation will be a single building or multiple connected buildings. . This will dictate many aspects of the project, including building size, number of rooms, architecture, technology requirements, and location.
The average cost of starting a cannabis grow operation can vary widely. Unfortunately, it’s hard to determine exact costs until growers dive into the design process. Often the unique challenges of a grow room will become apparent as additional requirements are added to the scope of work.
Surna also stresses the importance of finding an experienced architectural engineer. While it may be tempting for growers to cut corners during the engineering phase, it could be more costly in the long run.
“There are several unique challenges when it comes to growing indoors,” says Surna. “MEP Engineering and HVACD are essential components to successfully operate a grow room.” Further, MEP and HVACD can be segmented into additional categories of structural design, civil engineering, mechanical design, electrical design, and plumbing design.
Proper engineering can ensure that the structure has sufficient space for grow room equipment, ventilation, electrical power, water supply, and access to utilities. Properly setting up the cannabis grow room also means having a detailed knowledge of local zoning laws and any other regulations that may apply.
Growers should be aware that they will need to contact a licensed MEP engineering professional to ensure compliance with local laws and ordinances. Failure to do so could result in hefty fines or even closure of the grow room.
“Whether you are planning to build a new commercial cannabis facility or retrofit an existing building, it will take several months to over a year. Additionally, you will need to hire a team of experienced professionals to help bring your vision to fruition. Either way, you’ll need to go through the steps of securing real estate, permits, building codes, and creating a space that can handle the intense demands of indoor growing,” notes Surna.
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For more information about Surna Cultivation Technologies, contact the company here:
Surna Cultivation Technologies
385 S. Pierce Ave., Ste. VS
Louisville, CO 80027