The conceptual site design is the first step in taking your idea of a Cannabusiness and turning it into a reality. Things like physical security, existing building conditions, electrical and water availability, egress and easement allowance, life-safety, environmental conditions, and structural tolerances must all be in line if looking at moving into an existing building. For new construction, this list grows even longer. This is why Canna Brothers Development utilizes a checklist when visiting each location to ensure that all pertinent data that will affect the outcome of the build is taken into account.
Once all aspects of the building have been confirmed and passed requirements for the type of business, then a fully documented review of the site will begin. At this phase, things like room sizing, light layouts, plant counts, water needs, airflow and HVAC calculations, Pints-per-day (PPD) calculations, fire and emergency egress and a review of necessary workspace begins. For dispensaries and consumption spaces, the list is shorter, comprised mostly of security, dispensing methods, aesthetic design, and signage.
The conceptual design phase is a shared experience with our clients as each iteration of the plan sparks new ideas and allows for extended conversation about how the daily operations of the site will be handled. These steps are critical in dialing in other aspects of the operational planning.
When our client's vision and our expertise align, then the plan moves on to the next phase: ARCHITECTURAL AND ENGINEERING
Once a plan is finalized and an approval from both parties is confirmed, then the project moves to the Architectural and Engineering phase. Here the plan is drafted into a CAD software and all necessary layers for the construction phase are drawn up. The Architect will review all current codes and reference existing plans to create an existing and new version of your site. These drawing become the basis for all other steps moving forward.
After the architectural plan is done, our Electrical Engineers (EE) review the proposed list of equipment and the existing power to allow for safe and effective use of the equipment, even if this means an electrical upgrade is required. If an upgrade is required the EEs can provide the necessary documentation to local power utility companies to begin the process of bringing in additional power.
Mechanical/Plumbing Engineers (ME) will be focusing on the HVAC loans, PPD calculations, light heat loads, airflow, and environmental conditions to dial in the best performance for your site. Our MEs have a wealth of knowledge in designing just the right equipment combination to keep your plants healthy, your staff comfortable, and your customers cool.
Once the full set of constructions documents has been compiled, they are handed over to the local building/planning office for scrutiny. It is not uncommon for there to be several visits to the planning office to ensure that architect, inspector, and client are all happy. Once everyone is content with the plan, they are cleared for construction and a permit is issued. Now, the project moves into the next phase: CONSTRUCTION AND BUILD-OUT
The final step of the design and construction phase is obviously the construction of the site. Whether it be a new building, set of greenhouses, tenant improvement in an existing structure, or anything else between, design, architectural and engineering, and ultimately construction are all involved. As the architect is finalizing his plans, door and window schedules, wall and floor treatments, structural needs, and the general outfitting of the building are provided to the Contractor to begin his estimating process for total cost of construction.
When estimating the cost for construction, the contractor will use an array of tools to help accurately calculate the cost of material, labor, special permits, tool rentals, and other day-to-day operations. Canna Brothers Development prefers to work with local contractors and construction companies to reduce the costs of travel and hotel stays.
Once the total cost of construction is tallied, a proposal is presented to our clients. This total may include options for wall and floor treatments, setting up and configuration of equipment and functionality testing.
Regardless of which contractor our clients decide to use for their build, the construction process can be the longest of any of the phases of design and construction. Throughout construction, expect visits from inspectors along the way as they validate and approve the work. Once the final building inspection and the final fire inspection have taken place, a new Certificate of Occupancy is issued with the client's company name. The design and construction phase is now complete.