AMCON GREEN Complete Engineering & Architecture Solutions For Cannabis Facilities LEARN MORE

Years Experience:

Key Clients:

35+

Cannabis Companies, Land Developers, Commercial Real Estate Agents, Heavy Duty Contractors

Team Size: 10+

Key Clients: Cannabis Companies, Land Developers, Commercial Real Estate Agents, Heavy Duty Contractors

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ABOUT US

AMCON Green is a full-service engineering and architectural design firm located in Sunnyvale, CA specializing in Cannabis Cultivation & Engineering.

We specialize in creating fully functional cannabis facilities and have helped construct some of the largest grow operations in California. We handle, with great precision and capability, all structural, permitting, grow room facilities design, interior design, mechanical, electrical, and plumbing for cannabis facilities.

Our experience with engineering and architectural design goes back 35 years, working with some of the biggest companies around.

We can design and engineer your cannabis facility, while

Overcoming Challenges

There are specific challenges, only faced by cannabis operations, that engineers and designers need to know. If you hire the wrong designer, you risk having your various design elements (architecture, mechanical, electrical, and civil) not working together. This leads to regulatory headaches, higher construction costs, and ultimately, facilities that produce a lower return on investment.

Delays are frequent and can be long in duration. It’s not uncommon for projects to be a year or two in and construction still hasn’t even started. Delays are such a problem that half of designers don’t even finish the projects they take on.

There is a lot to know when creating a well-design facility. For instance, cannabis facilities need:

  • Specific voltage and amps to run the equipment
  • Specific square footage for different capacities of grow operations
  • Buildings designed specifically to house all the mechanical and electrical components of a grow operation
  • Complex ventilation systems and the corresponding structural components

Running cannabis facilities is expensive. However, if you construct your facility thoughtfully, you can expect to see massive long-term savings on your day-to-day operations.

How our experience and innovative design lead to less operational expenses.

  • High voltage design reduces the need for circuits and can lead to 5-10% savings in recurring electrical costs. If your electrical bill is 40k per month, this adds up quick
  • With our systems you get reduced utilities rates
  • Our ventilation system reduces costs by targeting specific areas, increasing energy efficiency, and reducing the levels maintenance

Permitting can be a massive headache. The regulatory bodies are constantly changing the laws and tightening up restrictions. There is a lot to know and messing up this process can result in huge problems. Schedules can get blown, facilities can get shutdown when they fail inspections, and startup costs can explode. Some investors even pick entirely wrong locations. If they are not in the cultivation zone, they’re sure to get shut down. These are costly mistakes. Mistakes we can help prevent.

You need a consultant who knows the entire process and can deal with the regulatory bodies on your behalf. We remove the headaches of dealing with government agencies. We know who to talk to and when. We can ensure your project gets approved in the quickest way possible.

This will save you a ton of time and the stress of dealing with the bureaucracy.
This is one of the most stressful aspects of building a cannabis facility and we at AMCON completely remove that burden from your plate.

Our ample experience in this industry allows us to handle all of these concerns.
The following is a recent projects table of cannabis facilities we’ve helped construct.


SIZEAMPS

OAKLAND FREDERICK STREET

80k square feet8000 amps

FRUITRIDGE

180k square feet16,000 amps

OAKLAND EDGEWATER DRIVE

60k square feet8000 amps

OAKLAND INDEPENDENT DRIVE

25k square feet3000 amps

SIZE

AMPS

OAKLAND FREDERICK STREET

FRUITRIDGE

OAKLAND EDGEWATER DRIVE

OAKLAND INDEPENDENT DRIVE

80k square feet

180k square feet

60k square feet

25k square feet

8000 amps

16,000 amps

8000 amps

3000 amps

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We Work With the Best Partners

 

While we are at the forefront of and specialize in all types of architecture & engineering, we are very familiar with a number of delivery methods and are confident we can find the process that will best help you meet your goals.

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OUR 35 YEARS CONSTRUCTION EXPERIENCE ALLOW YOU TO GET YOUR FACILITY UP AND RUNNING AS QUICK AS POSSIBLE

We can get your facility built quick because we know what the cities want. We’re incredibly responsive and our project management practices ensure schedules and budgets are maintained. Some other aspects of our firm that ensure your facility is completed properly:

  • We have relationships with dozens of local contractors and know which provide the most value and professional service
  • We’ve worked on dozens of cannabis facilities so we know how to create proper project plans
  • We do proper consultations with the owners and investors to ensure all their needs are met
  • We know how the regulatory bodies influence construction so we can plan around it
  • We know how to manage a budget and ensure costs don’t skyrocket
  • We’re incredibly responsive and answer phone calls and emails within 24 hours
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Considerations

KEY CONSIDERATIONS WHEN CONSTRUCTING CANNABIS FACILITIES

Reducing Cannabis Facility Construction Costs

With all of the electrical, mechanical, and specific design requirements, cannabis facilities can get expensive fast. Having a designer and engineer who can reduce your costs can be the difference between a successful start-up and a failed operation. For a facility that may require 7 million dollars in startup costs, we can likely reduce it to five. 

We can help you save 50% of the costs of your cooling infrastructure

For the average size cannabis facility, duct work and the corresponding structural enhancements your facility requires will likely cost around 800 thousand dollars. Ventilation represents a significant portion of startup costs and we’ve designed a system that completely eliminates the need for duct work and expensive rooftop units that require structural reinforcement.

Our innovative system uses high velocity diffusors and large fans to cool the air. It’s a design we’ve yet to see elsewhere and it results in our clients saving massively: both on construction costs and future operational costs. Using our system can likely yield you a 50% reduction in your startup ventilation costs.

PROJECT PROFILE CASE STUDY

Name of Project and Owner

Sacramento Cannabis Cultivation

Role

Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineer

Project Description

180K sq. ft. of cultivation

Similarities to Current Project

Indoor cannabis cultivation

Location

Sacramento, CA

Ways we Reduced Project Cost

Specialized HVAC and electrical design saved several hundred thousand dollars

THE GOAL: CLIENT DESIRES AND TOP PRIORITIES

The goal of this project was to bring 16,000 Amps of power to energize this 180k sq. ft. of cultivation.

CHALLENGE: ADEQUATE POWER

The biggest challenge was bringing adequate power to this building. We met with the local electrical utility (SMUD) at their headquarters & our engineers worked closely with their engineering team. Working together, we installed two new power poles and a substation to bring enough high voltage power to the facility.

CHALLENGE: BUDGET

The second challenge was designing within the client’s budget. Our engineers carefully designed and implemented all the equipment needed. Being experts in this space and having relationships with several different suppliers, we were able to select the best equipment that would fit within our client’s budget. Over-engineering facilities and driving up costs is common in this space. One of our advantages is our ability to reduce costs while creating productive facilities. We work carefully within our client’s budget.

THE OUTCOME

Our client received exactly the facility they had dreamed of. Within this giant facility, they wanted a productive indoor grow operation, and that’s exactly what we delivered. Despite massive complexities like working within a giant facility, dealing with the governing authorities, and working with several other consultants, we got this facility up and running swiftly. Our client was very satisfied, and as a result, they have given us over a dozen other cannabis projects throughout California.

LESSONS LEARNED

Being so large and complex, designing this facility gave us the knowledge and experience to tackle nearly any size cannabis facility. We’re fully equipped to build the most cost-effective and productive facilities in the country.

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