Location: Benton Harbor, Michigan
Services: Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing
Category: Grow Facility
Area : 5860 sq. Ft
Software: Revit, AutoCAD, HAP5.1, Bluebeam

3S MEP provided Architecture, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing (MEP) design services for a 6000 sq. ft. Prefabricated Grow Facility located in Benton Harbor, Michigan. The primary goal of the project was to create an optimized environment for cannabis cultivation, drying, and curing processes. The MEP design aimed to ensure proper ventilation, lighting, and power distribution while avoiding design changes or modifications during the construction phase.

The HVAC system was designed to provide precise temperature and humidity control for optimal plant growth. It included both day and night mode operations to cater to multiple growing and flowering stages. High-capacity inline fans and carbon filters were integrated into custom-made exhaust systems to effectively control CO2 consumption and odor. These exhaust systems also served as the return air system for the Air Handler Unit, reducing ductwork costs. Air circulation fans were strategically placed to ensure a constant airflow and distribute fresh air throughout the grow room, promoting the plants’ ability to absorb CO2 effectively.

The electrical lighting system was carefully planned to provide the necessary light spectrum for various growth stages of cannabis plants. Day and night mode lighting operations were implemented to mimic natural lighting conditions and optimize energy consumption. The facility’s power distribution system was designed to accommodate the electrical needs of different equipment and systems, ensuring reliable and safe operation throughout the facility.

The plumbing design encompassed the domestic water supply and sanitary system, meeting the facility’s general water needs while also serving the irrigation and water circulation requirements for the cannabis plants.

The existing prefabricated metal structure posed constraints for equipment mounting and duct system routing. 3S MEP’s team efficiently worked within these limitations to devise effective solutions for equipment placement and ductwork layout, ensuring optimal functionality and space utilization.