We have been designing greenhouses around the world for 30+ years. Our experiences are built upon numerous projects in the production of vegetables, potted plants, and multiple other crops. We discuss and pre-plan together with our clients in the earliest conceptual stages of the project and truly support them in defining the initial vision to ensure the build matches expectations. This is how dreams become reality.
Not only do we consult, design, and manage your project, but we also provide full support in commissioning and maintenance. Our work is not done until your facility is free of problems and operating at full potential. This inclusive and transparent process provides an unprecedented level of support drawing directly from our philosophy of treating every facility as if it were our own.
During the pre-project phase, all project considerations are brought together at a high level. This includes the conceptual design with a Level D budget, initial climate modeling, yield calculations, choice of production systems in addition to a list of significant consumables and input on the operational budget. This highly instructive process benefits the client by demonstrating how the project can manifest before time and budget commitments are made.
We can oversee the planning, design, and construction of a project from beginning to end. This process brings the duration of a project (project delivery), cost, and quality into a state of control. This process of control is suitable for projects of all sizes and complexities, but is particularly critical for long-term, mass-scale, high budget initiatives. Whether it is delineating scope and budget, materials and equipment procurement, or even resolving job-site issues between vendors, our experienced team acts directly as client representative throughout the project life-cycle. We have established processes for minuting meetings, updating Gantt charts, RFIs, and change orders.
We design modern, innovative, and sophisticated facilities. By combining our historical knowledge with today’s most effective technologies and carefully applying that experience as the starting point to a detailed design, we provide solutions which are then perfectly adapted to specific local parameters and production volume.
This phase of the project is a precursor to the RFP stage. A detailed design of the facility is generated including all systems spanning from greenhouse design, HVAC, to production systems. Of great importance to the client is the main outcome of this step – drawings. The numerous detailed drawings created by our team illustrate function and flow of each critical area of the facility, while also providing a general overview of the full project scope.
The Request for Proposal stage is critical to the successful procurement process of big-ticket purchases. The initial capital outlay of stakeholders, if not managed carefully through a comparative and competitive bidding process for materials and systems, is at risk of going over budget, thus impacting ROI. Our broad, yet very specific, knowledge of multiple vendors throughout the world ensures the right material for the right project is purchased cost-effectively and delivered on-time. The process minimizes the risk of scope gaps, thus providing a high level of confidence to the client the budget is accurate.
Commissioning & Handover
The end of a project represents one of the most critical stages of development, commissioning and project handover. Here, we ensure that all key stakeholders are brought to the table in order to ensure that quality specifications and project parameters have been met. Our diligence during the commissioning and handover process ensures the client receives a functional facility, from the front door to an operational water technical room to a light turning on in a closet, that is ready to produce and operate at all levels. This stage is also a critical point in which the project is reviewed, all budget items are agreed to, and change requests fully understood and brought into alliance with the initial projected budget versus actual costs.
Our computerized maintenance management systems provide for a robust database of a facility’s maintenance operations. Whether it is a stored record of maintenance manuals, or determining in advance which equipment requires what service and when, or even where spare parts are inventoried and stored – our CMMS provides for the least amount of operational interruption possible, including directly tying into regulatory compliance as required.
Whether a facility is large or small, there are operational challenges to be identified and solved in advance of a facility’s go-live date. Our experience with multiple clients throughout the world, and multiple crops, facilitates the identification of operational challenges in advance resulting in optimal room design and size, efficient work-flow, and even bringing in the correct equipment while anticipating mean time between failure to ensure downtown is predictable and not a costly surprise during operations.
CFD modeling is based on the principles of fluid mechanics. It is a powerful tool, and a speciality within our team, that allows us to calculate and understand the interaction of multiple variables that create the climate within a greenhouse. Whether it is heat transfer loss via radiation or condensation during the night cycle, our CFD modelling anticipates and eliminates challenges during growing before the first plants are even put into production.
Temperature and hygrometry are two variables which require accurate modeling in order to ensure the correct microclimate within a greenhouse. These two factors are primarily influenced by the outside climate and, therefore, require the right implementation of heating/cooling and air movement in order for proper internal ‘weather’ to be achieved.