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US (WA): 28,000 sq.ft. MMJ facility nears completion

Marapharm announces that the rehabilitation of the cultivation site will be completed by the end of March.

During renovations the company worked closely with their architect and engineering partners to design what they call one of the most advanced and environmentally friendly cannabis cultivation sites in North America. To operate in the Pacific Northwest climate the 28,000 sq. ft. building has a new silicone membrane roof and the interior has been insulated with expanding, closed cell foam. Flagship tenant AlphaPheno, a tier 3 producer and processor will be able to cultivate 30,000 sq. ft. of plant canopy, the maximum allowed by the license, in just 28,000 sq. ft. of floor space with minimal water, power and waste.

These environmental objectives will be accomplished by leveraging several industry leading solutions:
  • Montel Industrial Storage designed a 2-tiered mobile racking system that allows aisles to slide open, maximizing floor space and doubling the canopy in each room.
  • Priva is contracted to deliver an irrigation and disinfection system that allows for automation of nutrient delivery and a 98% capture of all water in the facility for re-use, including irrigation run-off and condensate water from all HVAC equipment.
  • Almost 75% of the water will come from a commercial rainwater capture system designed by local sustainable civil engineering firm 2020 Engineering.
  • The facility will be outfitted with horticulture lighting from Fluence Bioengineering. The Fluence LED systems are purpose-built in the USA for commercial horticulture, and designed to increase crop yield, enhance chemotype expression, and shorten cycle times while simultaneous increasing energy efficiency.

Co-gen technology will be employed to reduce reliance on the electrical grid. This system will use natural gas to power turbines that create energy for use in the operations. The turbine produces heat, as a by-product of energy generation, which is then captured and turned into cooling power by the HVAC System, provided by Surna.

The team continues to develop the master plan for the “Cannabis Campus” on the 13.1-acre site. This includes civil engineering for additional buildings to house a central extraction and commercial kitchen facility for processing, additional cultivation tenants and ancillary hemp/cannabis businesses.

“These engineered solutions will produce higher quality cannabis with the lowest cost of production compared to conventional indoor cultivators and shorten our return on investment timeline”, said Kurt Keating, Director of Operations.

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Publication date: 3/8/2018



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