Launching a cannabis cultivation facility is a daunting endeavor. In the early stages, a cultivator must consider not only regulations, finances and scheduling, but also the major undertaking of facility construction or retrofit. With so many factors at play, one of the primary challenges for cannabis companies is knowing where to start and who to turn to for guidance.

At Surna, we help cultivators get their cultivation facilities online by providing controlled climate systems and support with a deep expertise in compliance and safety. It’s our No. 1 priority to help you produce the healthiest plants with the largest yields possible.

We’ve been working with cultivators for years, helping them build new grows and/or repurpose existing facilities. Our work in mechanical systems touches every design discipline, including architectural, plumbing and electrical, as well as every aspect of a grow, including lighting, irrigation and harvest, so we have a comprehensive understanding of what it takes to launch a facility. The most common questions we’re asked include: What is the first step when building a facility? Who should be on the planning and construction team? What is the overall process like?

A successful grow must begin with a solid foundation — a functional, clean facility ... where your plants can thrive.

A successful grow must begin with a solid foundation—a functional, clean facility with the proper design where your plants can thrive. That’s why we have developed this “Build Your Grow” guide, the third edition of educational resources we’ve released to help cultivators find early success.

Once again, we turned to experts with industry experience, including architect Daniel Istrate, project director Luz Elena Parra and Surna’s own co-founder and senior technical adviser, Brandy Keen, to provide insights into how companies can navigate this process and spot common oversights. For example, it’s essential not to overlook the importance of climate control systems built specifically for cannabis cultivation, or the need to establish controls specific to your region and climate. In other words, one size does not fit all. This guide provides tips to avoid these and other common pitfalls in design and construction.

Cultivating plants requires a delicate balance of many elements, including light, nutrition and the surrounding environment. Climate control is dependent on an even more delicate balance of temperature, humidity and ventilation. Getting the foundation right from the start is essential, and by sharing these practical guidelines, we hope to help this dynamic industry continue to grow and thrive.

Navigate the Build Your Grow Special Report

Executive Letter

Critical Considerations When Launching a Cultivation Facility

How to Visualize the Whole Project

Designing for Cannabis Key in Facility Plan