We have been designing greenhouses all over the world for 30+ years. In the last 8+ years, we have directly engaged in multiple regulated cannabis-specific projects – indoor, outdoor, and greenhouse. While cannabis is a special crop, to us it is also another plant that can be grown well under many conditions. This approach has allowed us to translate our knowledge in the production of vegetables, potted plants, and multiple other crops into success for this high-value crop. We work with our clients in the early conceptual stages of their project and truly support them in defining and realizing their vision. This is how dreams become reality
Facility Design & Crop Consulting
We ensure your cannabis crop has the perfect recipe for success, optimal growth, and yield potential – whether that is dry flower or extraction-based processes. This is done by pre-planning where we sit down with you and understand the specific business and regulatory requirements for your operation, seasonal variability of your region, the technical conditions of your growing environment, along with desired plant height and architecture, and uses for the end product. Those factors are then used to assess, select, and integrate environmental controls systems, nutrient and fertigation, CO2, curtain control, ventilation, pest and disease management, harvesting and drying techniques, and efficiencies in general. Implementing a CO2 system, city heating, or a CoGen system can also be addressed. Our team puts every effort into making sure your heating and irrigation systems suit your precise needs. Whether it is end-to-end irrigation system design, including benches, ebb/flood, drip, or hydroponics in general, our consulting services span the full scope of what is use commercially today. Finally, our consultants provide full training for your lead growers and support, including assistance in talent identification and hiring.
Construction Estimation Services
Whether you are building a greenhouse complex, expanding your current greenhouses, or investing in equipment, a detailed budget ensures the right decisions are made at the right time. 30+ years of experience and dealing with multiple suppliers on multiple continents has allowed us to gather accurate data and narrow down true construction costs in advance of build while also managing change orders cost effectively throughout the project life cycle.
- Take your needs and then translate them into a detailed budget with a work breakdown structure that delineates the complete cost of construction.
- Help with pre-tender materials, competitive tendering of project scope, tender/bid analysis recommendations, contract writing, production estimates, in addition to facilitating supportive dialogue with all trade from the general contractor to the architect.
Our estimating team is precise and extremely good at what they do. Finally, we also provide monthly cash flow models and track your project’s progress to ensure budgets are kept in line.
We design modern, innovative, and sophisticated facilities. By taking our knowledge of the latest, greatest technologies and carefully applying them to a design, we create a solution that is perfectly adapted to local demands and inputs. We understand what is required to grow cannabis in a regulated environment, including incorporating work flows which support sanitation, gowning, and transitions from GACP to GMP production areas. One of the first steps in our approach is to define the needs of your facility by understanding your goals, objectives, and regulatory requirements. Your location/geographical area is an important factor we consider into our design; including considering and understanding your national (or international) regulatory requirements. We assess and evaluate conditions such as climate, day length, humidity levels, and temperature. Following that, our design team combines that knowledge and provides considerations for irrigation, structural, heating, cooling, lighting, electrical, and post-harvest (including drying and extraction) systems. Our automation specialists pay special emphasis to labour and cost savings measures in logistics systems, ensuring your plants can move easily and cleanly throughout the facility, reducing overhead while also minimizing the various opportunities for contamination. Ultimately, this optimal work-flow helps achieve increased productivity levels while decreasing cost per gram.
ALPS highly experienced project mangers track and manage the build of the facility from start-up to final handover. Each project is treated as if it were ours in representation of you, the owner, on the jobsite. Our project managers have a combined decades of experience in greenhouse and facilities construction and understand the unique challenges this industry creates. We are on site and constantly tracking the build – ensuring it is in line with design, budget, schedule, and the quality requirements set out in the contract documents.
We gladly manage invoices and approvals for payment according to contracts and the level of work carried out while remaining independent and objective. The project team regularly sends cost reports to our Estimating department to ensure real-time follow-up and budget control throughout the project life-cycle.
Our client’s peace of mind and satisfaction is our number one priority. We provide the client with regular progress reports advising them of status of items such as: costs to date, project risks, critical path, current accomplishments, current challenges, and most importantly, an update on schedule and budget with progress pictures attached.
Commissioning & Maintenance
One of the most important elements of a successful project is ensuring the end-result is aligned with the initial vision and functions as per the design specifications. Our Commissioning and Maintenance team validates and tracks maintenance requirements for multiple systems including HVAC, electrical, labs, irrigation, and equipment to ensure they function at their design potential. We assess the operations and maintenance manuals provided by the vendors and cross reference those to the actual project targets to ensure compliance. We will also keep and provide digital records of these manuals to provide predictive maintenance and service of your facility over the next several years.
Further, we can provide equipment or systems-specific training to key personnel on all systems, to ensure understanding of not only the positive aspects of the system(s), but also any potential limitations or operational challenges. We have the in-house knowledge to provide detailed analysis and explanation of workflow, work positions, and function(s) of single employees within the system as a whole, or in specific work silos. Finally, we offer a 24-hour hotline to ensure facility issues are addressed in real time based upon risk.