Cannabis Facility Design - Vertical LED Site Design
Facility design is a part of the planning process for a cultivation site that requires some intensive thought and considerable investment. Many cannabis cultivation businesses are either struggling or failing because of poorly considered layouts and workflow systems that are hard to change once the buildout is done. For example, putting a trim room on a different level of the building than flower rooms can cause workers to waste too much time transporting freshly harvested cannabis around the building, making workflow optimization impossible.
Another common site design error is inadequate attention being put into environmental controls and air circulation. HVAC systems need to have backup power and be easily cleanable and repairable. They must be sized to do their share of dehumidifying and work in concert with the dehumidification units. Air circulation should be designed to keep all of the plants swaying in a breeze, and keep the the top of the flower canopy from getting too hot. When done correctly, environmental controls can cost between $75-$125 per square foot as a capital expense, including installation. It's expensive to set up correctly, but the cost of losing a crop to a design flaw is even higher.
Ergonomics is another commonly overlooked issue in commercial cultivation facilities. Invariably, plant rooms get overpacked with canopy, which leads to neglect, which leads to microbial problems. Having all your plants on tables and all your tables on tracks, rollers or wheels helps mitigate this problem, along with leaving enough access space all the way around the room so every part of the canopy will get equal amounts of attention.
It's ok to get the input of growers you know when setting up your cannabis facility, but in addition to that, please get the help of someone like me who has seen and tried almost every design concept so you won't end up needing a do-over a couple years down the road.
* Growing Cannabis Vertically with LEDs
* Marijuana Grow Site Security
* HVAC for Commercial Marijuana Growing
* Energy Planning and Electrical Use in Marijuana Cultivation Sites
* Marijuana Water Usage and Management
* Choosing the Right Commercial Marijuana Grow Equipment
* Pest Management for Indoor Marijuana Growing
* Nutrient Management
* Staffing and Training for Cannabis Businesses
* Budgeting a Cultivation Business
* Post Harvest Flower Sterilization