Proper layout for an indoor garden is vital to ensuring success. Maximizing workflow effeciency is done with a pencil first. An industrial garden is an interdependent system that should be considered in its totality when in the planning stage. Here are the top three design considerations our clients have appreciated being sensitized to-
1- Canopy square footage: Not all of your building is going to be used for production capacity. The founders of Canna Panels also run a garden design firm, Plan C Designs, and use a square foot multiplier of .6 to determine the maximum building space that can be used for flowering canopy. Essentially, if your building is 10,000 square feet, a 6000 square foot flowering canopy is entirely feasible. This algorithm accounts for additional canopy square footage for vegetative and mother plants, access pathways for supplies and employees, as well as support areas such as reservoirs and bathrooms.
2- ADA: When considering the layout for your permitted garden, remember that new rules are going to apply and need to be considered when designing your layout. Pay attention to your aisle widths, as they need to be ADA compliant. Typical rolling bench top tables will need to be planned in accordance with their capabilities to articulate as they roll aside. If positioned too close together, the aisle created when table tops are rolled aside will not be code permutable. Check with your municipality when planning your table top layout, as this is the foundation for equipment distribution and layout planning.
3- HVAC Equipment: Large garden systems are moving away from 410A gas for environmental temperature control and moving towards chilled water cooling. The benefits of combining dehumidification onboard with temperature control systems outweighs the additional upfront costs for a full platform water chill package. Additionally, at least here in California, Title 24 requirements also need to be considered.