There’s a lot to consider when designing and constructing a cannabis cultivation or processing facility. In our latest article on the Cannabis Business Executive website, our team dives into some of the top considerations for growers and processors, taking the design and construction process step-by-step to help guide a successful project. The design and construction process of a facility can be broken down into eight distinct phases. This recent article, which is the second in a three-part series on the subject, covers four phases in the design process: pre-design, schematic design (SD), design development (DD) and construction documents (CD).
The article dives deep into each of these four phases:
- Pre-Design: In this phase of the project, an architect will generally work directly with the end users – or those who will be running the operation on a day to day basis – on facility programming. Facility programming is the process in which information is gathered from the user so that the architect can start to develop floor plans to meet the owner’s goals.
- Schematic Design: Once the development of the floor plan has begun, the schematic design phase is officially underway. Various considerations will lead to a team of engineers creating a set of schematic design drawings.
- Design Development: After the schematic drawings have been reviewed, the design development phase begins. In this phase, the entire design team coordinates to begin transforming the schematic drawings into clearer and more detailed plans, similar to what one might see on a construction site.
- Construction Documents: The construction documents phase is where the majority of time in the design process is spent. Once all parties have approved a final set of drawings, the design team will stamp and seal the documents and distribute them to the owner. At this point, the design portion of the process is complete.
The article covers the above in greater detail, expanding on important team members and when to bring them into the process.
The article concludes with: “The design portion of the process can seem overwhelming and complicated, but it doesn’t have to be. By taking the time to build a team of experienced individuals, the process should run smoothly and keep plans on track.”
You can check out the complete article here: https://www.cannabisbusinessexecutive.com/2019/04/design-construction-considerations-for-cultivation-and-processing-operations-part-two/ and check back soon for Part Three in the series!