Cannabis Facility Architectural Design Company Provides Advice For New Growers


Boulder, CO-

Surna ( is a long-time player in the cannabis industry, with years of experience in controlled environment farming and cannabis facility infrastructure. With a turnkey solution provider, Surna designs systems that optimize resource conservation to increase yields and decrease cultivation costs. Their comprehensive offerings include cannabis facility-specific HVACD systems, automation (lighting, humidity, CO2 and nutrient dosing control systems), dehumidification, water treatment and commercial salvage engineering, and structural engineering.

In a recent article titled “Building a Grow Facility: Tips from a Grow Room Architectural Designer,” Surna outlines some of the key pitfalls faced by many new growers and differentiates the differences between the specific functions of facility design.

At first, producers may be confused about the exact service or services they need. Often growers new to commercial cannabis cultivation do not fully understand the difference between architectural and civil engineering. This may be because they both have to do with the design and construction of buildings and other structures; however, each of these disciplines has different goals. Architectural engineering is more focused on the aesthetic aspects of a structure, while civil engineering is more about ensuring that a structure is safe and able to withstand loads and stresses.

“Choosing an architect with previous indoor cultivation projects will help ensure that your design plans meet the unique needs of cultivation,” Surna commented. Surna went on to say, “Someone with experience in controlled environment farming will understand the workflow of an efficient facility and be able to accommodate unique requirements such as secure entrances, coordination with the engineering team, the mechanical and irrigation rooms, and the parts needed for the different stages of the plant cycle.

The average start-up cost of a cannabis grow operation can vary widely, depending on the size and scope of the operation. Generally speaking, however, start-up costs will include the cost of building or renovating the grow space, purchasing the necessary equipment and infrastructure, and hiring initial staff. In addition, in some cases, national regulations may also impose additional costs, such as security measures and license fees. For larger scale operations, additional costs may include those associated with marketing and distribution.

Surna stresses the importance of setting up a cannabis culture “the right way”. It is essential to have a thorough understanding of all applicable zoning laws and other rules as well as to ensure that the operation complies with regional rules and ordinances. Surna commented, stating, “From geography to labor costs to design and technology selections, it’s hard to pinpoint exactly what the costs will be until you start diving. When new growers fail to recognize the magnitude of the costs, they can find themselves in financial difficulty later on.

Surna has worked with some of the biggest and best known brands in the cannabis industry and has a wealth of experience to share. Asked about lessons learned, Surna noted that one of the most common mistakes made by new growers is not investing in quality equipment. Cannabis cultivation is a capital-intensive industry, and growers who choose to skimp on equipment often struggle to produce a quality product.

Parties interested in learning more about Surna Cultivation technologies and their services are encouraged to contact them through their website or log on to their social platforms, such as Facebook or Instagram.


For more information about Surna Cultivation Technologies, contact the company here:

Surna Cultivation Technologies
jamie english
(303) 993-5271
[email protected]
385 S. Pierce Ave., Ste. VS
Louisville, CO 80027


About Author

Comments are closed.