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The Three Grow-Cycle Advantage

By John Zimmerman, P.E., Harvest Integrated


Speed to market is a common goal for businesses in any industry.  But in no other industry is speed to market as overarching as in the controlled environment agriculture industry, specifically the cannabis sector. When a state legalizes marijuana growing, the winners will be those who can get to a scalable level of production the quickest and with the lowest operating cost.

Harvest Integrated builds energy-efficient cultivation facilities in less than eight months, concept-to-completion…six months less than the competition. That’s a speed to market approach that can give you three additional grow cycles of revenue, in addition to locking down distribution and retail channels before your competitors can get to them.

We deliver CEA design for indoor agriculture and greenhouse facilities fast by overcoming two significant problems.

Problem 1: Inefficient and Fragmented Project Delivery Method

The traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery method that defines today’s commercial construction market is inefficient and wasteful. It relies on multiple entities – each with its own goals, requirements, and risk management plans – delivering an isolated design and/or build scope, then handing it’s deliverable off to the next entity to do the same, often with very little communication from one entity to the next. With such a fragmented and unaligned supply chain, the results to the owner are too predictable: cost overruns; schedule delays; poor quality; and in many cases, claims and some form of dispute resolution. To the building owners and operators reading this: there is a better way.

Harvest Integrated eliminates the waste and risk that is commonplace in the traditional approach by acting as the: designer of record (engineering and architecture); general contractor – we own all the subcontracts; and manufacturer of your energy-efficient HVAC and Power infrastructure. As an example, by integrating the supply chain and standardizing around Harvest Air HVAC and Harvest Power equipment, Harvest Integrated can release long-lead equipment within the first two weeks of the design phase.  This reduces the construction schedule by as much as three months when compared to the competition, all without the risk of scope gaps between multiple entities that come with the traditional approach.

Problem 2: Traditional Infrastructure Decreases Speed to Market and Increases OpEx & CapEx

The inefficiency of the traditional Design-Bid-Build project delivery method is magnified by the choices facility operators make for their HVAC and Electrical Infrastructure. Site-built infrastructure systems, like chilled water systems and site-built electrical rooms, add significant time to construction, slowing down drastically the speed to market, while driving operational expenses much higher. This is not an opinion, but a fact.

Harvest Air HVAC units and Harvest Power Modules are purposely designed as complete packaged systems that are factory-tested, and ship in a single piece.  The results are a savings of 25% in CapEx and a schedule reduction of approximately 50%…and that’s in addition to the 50-75% savings in OpEx that the Harvest Air HVAC system delivers, as proven in this performance demonstration:

By knocking 25% or more off construction costs; building six months faster than the competition; and reducing OpEx by 50% – 75%, our clients are winning.