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Some Consider 2015 The Dark Ages When They Talk About Cannabis…

I still have my copy of a Time Magazine Special Edition called “Marijuana Goes Main Street…” The sub-headlines were “A Booming Business” & “Legalization Marches On.” I reference the edition and date for validation purposes only.

Some people in this industry today can’t even remember what they were doing in July of 2015. I’m a little different in that regard. In July 2015 I bought the Time Magazine issue in the gift shop of an airport on my way home from a small conference I attended on the topic of cannabis grow house design. I was in the process of designing my first of many commercial grow houses and thought it might be a good read on the long flight home. What was a good read at the time has been rewritten as the science and needs of this young industry has virtually exploded.

I also had no way of knowing that I was about to submit the first ever set of plans to the City of Sacramento for a commercial level grow facility. I certainly didn’t have a clue that submitting those plans would lead many people to consider me as a cannabis pioneer. While I was initially uncomfortable being called a pioneer I noticed my phone rang more than ever and the callers were people who needed my help. They got my help. Many of them went on to form very successful grow houses. I’m still doing that today. How can I help you?    

Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Complex Controls Lead To Easier And Faster Solutions

When I design a cultivation facility/ grow house I know there will be failures once production begins. While some consider that to be negative thinking I view it as the positive consideration of negative events. In other words… When you are dealing with people bad things sometimes happen.

Some potentially bad things are more likely than others to fail. Some of these bad things can be designed around and other can be bypassed altogether if you begin with the end in mind. At the end of the day many of these questions about failure come down to “what’s possible and what’s plausible.” Said another way “what could fail and what’s likely to fail?” When any specific application fails how quickly do you need to know about the failure and how rapidly do you need to mitigate and correct the failure? Answering these questions in advance and knowing what to do is a game changer not all enjoy.

HVAC is one of the most critical aspects of any grow house. Failure here can be a total failure that must be dealt with immediately or a partial failure that could go unnoticed and dramatically impact the climate which could impact both the quantity and quality of the yield. This is just one of the potential failures. My team designs in the ability to monitor how the HVAC system is performing at different data collection points and then reports back to those who need to know anywhere in the world.

Reports on overall HVAC performance can be sent as often as every quarter hour to as seldom as every 24 hours. Reports on catastrophic failure are sent immediately across multiple platforms and reports continue to be sent until the failure has been corrected. While this will lead to a somewhat larger investment upfront I know my client will sleep better knowing their investment is safe and productive.    

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Cannabis Cultivation Means Being Prepared For Changes

Involvement in any business means you’ll need to anticipate and plan for changes. Is there any reason to think cannabis cultivation would be any different? Every factor you’d have in any other business is in place here and when you add in a changing regulatory environment you can reasonably expect change to happen.

Changes are a reality and the more prepared you are the easier the change will be. The rules involving cannabis cultivation are still being written and the reality is the rules we have today may be obsolete in six months. The time we spent and the lessons we learned in high end residential construction taught us many things about change and technology. We seem to have technological breakthroughs on a routine basis now and we’ve learned to use technology to respond to many of the changes we all face.

A huge change that we’ve been factoring in to how we design and build is in the area of biosecurity and it’s potential impact on your facility. If you have an outbreak of a fungus or a pest (human or otherwise) you need a plan to deal with it in the most proactive manner possible. What’s in your plan? If and/or when the outbreak happens what protocols are going to be impacted? How will you communicate those changes to your team?

What will be the impact on your current and futures grows when your HVAC needs and power parameters and power availabilities change? As the movement toward solar, wind and geo-thermal accelerates everyone will be forced to conserve power. What systems will you have in place to answer what’s next? We are answering those questions today and getting real world answers. How can we help?  

As a General Contractor, Real Estate Broker, and Managing Member of Mountain Valley Construction, Daniel “Danny” Stevenson is ahead of the curve in a growing industry. Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in California and is gradually losing its stigma. Mountain Valley Construction serves those in this new industry by building the state-of-the-art cultivation and manufacturing facilities. With cannabis cultivation centers needing sophisticated climate control, water conditioning and recycling systems, fertigation (combination fertilizing and irrigation systems), Co2 integration, pest control, security, etc., in addition to the structural, electrical, and mechanical engineers that any commercial contractor needs, Mountain Valley Construction involves multiple specialty and subject-matter experts. Call Danny at 916-933-7333 or e-mail him at danny@mountainvalleyllc.com

Some Say Cannabis Is One Of The Fastest Growing Industries In Decades

The cannabis industry in North American has been on a wild ride in the last 4 years with some saying this could be one of the quietest and fastest-growing industries we’ve seen in decades. On November 3rd, 2020 what some are calling a green wave pushed the number of states allowing legal medical marijuana states up to 36 and at the same time 15 states now allow the consumption and/or retail sale of adult-use cannabis. In the meantime Canada celebrated its two-year anniversary of recreational marijuana legalization just last month.

We are blessed to be involved in an industry with this type of growth. As builders we must be aware that times will not always be this good. When we started Mountain Valley LLC and Cannabis Grow Builders we wanted to be known as Pioneers and Visionaries on multiple levels. Our entire building and project management career has been spent building things in a manner we would want if we were the owner or the resident. That is the only way we work and that won’t change.

I hear stories about legal grow operations spending money foolishly just to get open simply because they have the money right now. The builder promises to circle back once the facility becomes operational and correct the issues that weren’t addressed in the build out. While the promise sounds good the reality is the upgrades seldom if ever really happen. On the rare instance when it does happen the facility will often face extended and unplanned downtime and additional expenses. All of this comes out of someone’s pocket other than the builder. I’ve noticed I’ve never had to apologize for doing it right the first time. If you want to use the build quick today and reinvent later strategy keep this number handy 916-933-7333… You are likely going to need it!  

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Cannabis Demand Continues To Grow… Insufficient Supply Soon?

Tuesday evening November 11, 2020 Grass Valley became the latest city to approve an ordinance that will allow cannabis related businesses in both light industrial and heavy commercial areas. After a second reading in front of the council the ordinance will take effect in 30 days. The ordinance as written will allow up to ten manufacturers, two testing labs, five distribution businesses and two nurseries inside city limits. This is potentially very good news for local residents and local businesses who desire a chance to become involved in this growing industry.

According to Grass Valley Mayor Lisa Swarthout “This is something I have been passionate about, seeing the city put some zoning regulation and authority into allowing cannabis businesses.” The Mayor went on to say “I think the place we’ve gotten to isn’t perfect but I’ve always looked at this ordinance as being a compromise.” With the proposed zoning restrictions cannabis businesses would be permitted in two main areas on Idaho Maryland Road and McKnight way. Several public commentators want the council to ease zoning restrictions and reduce setbacks that prohibit businesses within 500 feet of residential use and 600 feet of schools.

Grass Valley like many other cities while wanting to start small are at least starting. Grass Valley voted to amend the initial ordinance to allow processing licenses and permits for businesses over 400o square feet and City Attorney Michael Colantuono says the size restriction originated from an effort to support a niche for local small business development. Now that the demand for cannabis products has been affirmed the next question is where they will get their initial products and who will grow locally and support the community. Cannabis Grow Builders can help!

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

When Thought And Systems Become Problem Solving Tools

As a General Contractor I use systems to run my personal business. When I’m working for an entrepreneur I look at what systems they can benefit from. Some of these systems can be employed now and others will be employed in the future to help them accomplish their goals. This level of focus is seldom appreciated in the fury to get done and almost always appreciated after the fact. Some of these changes are absolute game changers.

I am working with a company now and part of the vision I have brought to this project will save the developer over $1 million dollars in just the next year on his utility bills. This is not an estimate and isn’t hype… These are real numbers. I worked with the engineer to get the changes in place to support this end result. Putting these changes in place lead to a 3 week delay in opening. In effect my client was happy to trade a 3 week delay for $1 million dollars. Something else to keep in mind is the savings will be there year after year and will happen as long as his facility is operational.

Other contractors I know charge an additional fees to produce these results and want me to do the same. While I hear what they’re saying I know this is a portion of why they hire me over others. I can give them a list of contractors to simply build or I can manage the build with their long term profitability in mind. Whenever I manage with them in mind it creates an actual relationship that lasts a long time and provides a benefit to them and their family. Why would I proactively fall short of what’s possible?  Who’s on your design/build team?   

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

5 Pro Cannabis Initiatives Passed This Election

Legal cannabis and the industry it’s become continues to expand and the results from the election on November 3rd tells that story very clearly. Nationwide there were 5 states that enacted cannabis legislation and with that comes increased demand.

The ebb and flow with most business models has been upended by the COVID-19 pandemic and cannabis has been on the right end of that conversation. With people looking at alternatives to traditional health care cannabis offers a new approach for many and the extra time to research what we offer has also lead to a new way of thinking. The acceleration toward next light on the horizon is exciting and will change lives.

As a builder/consultant in the cannabis growth industry these are exciting times to say the least. If you were wondering if cannabis was a fad or just a singular moment in time you need not wonder any longer. Cannabis is here to stay and the substantial growth curve has only begun. As the growth accelerates we are solving issues we didn’t know we could solve just a couple of years ago and anyone entering this business today doesn’t need to pay for the research on what are now off the shelf solutions. Want to know more?  Give us a call at 916-933-7333

Cannabis Grow Builders has been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Do You Want A Builder Or A Project Manager Who’s An Excellent Builder?

I’ve been a licensed General Contractor since 1987. For most of those 37 years I’ve worked primarily with individuals who wanted to build their dream home… The home they were going to live in for the rest of their life. I admit I was surprised how often I’d repeat building the dream home build for the same couples. The majority of the “first timers” didn’t really need a builder they instead needed a Senior Level Project Manager who knew how to build.

Fast forward to 2015. Based on a past relationship I was asked to build a small cultivation facility when cannabis was still a gray market (medical only) in California. I pay extremely close attention to state and national politics and it was easy to see that cannabis would be soon on the road to full legalization. Based on what I’d already done I understood the complexity of a cultivation facility. At least I thought I did.

I decided to learn more about this growing business and started drinking information from a firehose. I read everything I could find, attended seminars, attended conventions and joined the National Cannabis Industry Association while visiting as many cultivation facilities as I could get into. This is not an easy industry to learn about for the simple reason the good growers aren’t anxious to share their secrets.

Starting with what I learned I knew the end result they had in mind. I have been able to create a great team that understands what the actual short, mid and long term goals are for the client. I also assembled a team of the best experts in multiple areas and work to coordinate everything from design to completion and often that includes compliance. As cannabis becomes more accepted I know that prices will drop dramatically and in order to survive growers will embrace efficiency. Labor and utility costs will be the biggest concerns and we focus on their control from day one.

As a General Contractor, Real Estate Broker, and Managing Member of Mountain Valley Construction, Daniel “Danny” Stevenson is ahead of the curve in a growing industry. Cannabis is now legal for recreational use in California and is gradually losing its stigma. Mountain Valley Construction serves those in this new industry by building the state-of-the-art cultivation and manufacturing facilities. With cannabis cultivation centers needing sophisticated climate control, water conditioning and recycling systems, fertigation (combination fertilizing and irrigation systems), Co2 integration, pest control, security, etc., in addition to the structural, electrical, and mechanical engineers that any commercial contractor needs, Mountain Valley Construction involves multiple specialty and subject-matter experts. Call Danny at 916-933-7333 or e-mail him at danny@mountainvalleyllc.com

New Jersey, Arizona And Montana Are Voting On Legalizing Cannabis For Adults Over 21 Tomorrow

Other states getting in on the action include South Dakota who has a medical-cannabis measure on the ballot and Mississippi voters who are deciding on whether to implement a medical-marijuana program. This means the future of commercial cannabis is brighter than its past or even its present. Legalization will be great for residents of these states but what does it mean to cannabis grow facilities in California?

Any cannabis entrepreneur will tell you that as California goes so goes the nation. California was among the first to vote on and regulate cannabis and we’re the first to learn how to live within the parameters set by local government. Mountain Valley LLC was a pioneer in Sacramento. We have the distinction of submitting the first set of plans for a grow facility that were approved and construction started. In the world of cannabis that was a lifetime ago and we’re still sought after today for our guidance and expertise.

One of the more exciting aspects of cannabis being adopted in other states is the lag time. While many, if not all of this legislation will be approved by the voters they will lack product for months or years into the future. The reality of legalization as witnessed in California is constant rule changes that promise to hinder grow facilities in these newly opened markets. We can help! If you’re reading this you can take advantage.

This is not an industry in decline! Demand for product is increasing and demand for high   quality has never been higher. Even as we talk about the demand for high quality product being high today we know it will be increased next month and there is no end in sight. We specialize in design, build, layout and logistics. We center our design around the demand of today with the reality of tomorrow. This may be your chance to get in on the ground floor of an emerging market and emerging technology. Give us a call!    

Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Legal Cannabis Market Predicted To Reach Or Exceed $6 Billion By 2025

Even COVID-19 hasn’t slowed or stopped California’s legal cannabis market. Many analysts expect just the California market to exceed the $6 billion dollar valuation as soon as 2025. That boils down to $500 million dollars per month you’re missing out on if you aren’t involved! California already accounts for one-sixth of all legal sales in the nation.

The California market is already the largest in the world… growing capacity is the only thing standing in the way of becoming a bigger player. The 2020 pandemic has actually fueled some of the growth and supply of a consistent and predictable product has become more important than ever! BDS Analytics is a cannabis research company from Boulder and they report that Californian’s spent over $3 Billion on legal cannabis and almost $9 Billion was spent in the illegal cannabis market. Regulation in the Golden State has benefitted the market and distribution issues were minimal in comparison to other states.

Cannabis Infused Products are some of the biggest drivers of increased use and these require a very high quality and highly predictable product. Other cannabis related products that require predictability are edibles, drinks including alcoholic beverages, lotions and oils. As mainstream consumers look for more of these products the demand will exceed the supply and that’s where Mountain Valley and Cannabis Grow Builders come in.

We can help you every step of the way between idea and production. We’re the ones who’ve stepped in and corrected the mistakes growers have made and helped to get their ideas back on track. We can help in a consultative role or complete design, build and start-up. We can often pay for ourselves because we can get you producing sooner. Delay in production often factors out to be in excess of $10,000 per day so getting your facility online and producing just 3 months sooner could mean as much as $900,000 in your pocket!

Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

Opening A Grow Facility Can Be More Difficult Than Juggling Chainsaws

Would you rather juggle running chainsaws or try to open a commercial cannabis grow facility? After trying to open a facility, many of our clients would happily pick the running chainsaws. The complexity of the commercial grow facility has layers like an onion and when it’s not managed correctly you’ll shed more tears than peeling an onion might elicit.

A cannabis entrepreneur came to me after working unsuccessfully to open for more than 6 months. Not being open was costing him at least $10,000 between cash and lost opportunity and his open date had already been extended another 6 months and possibly even longer. After more than 6 months he was still dealing with the local municipality, at least 7 different trades, egos, regulations, inspectors and no one seemed to be getting along. Going in he knew he could easily handle all the trades for the simple reason the professionally he dealt with orthopedic surgeons, neurologists, chiropractors and insurance companies and he felt like as long as he could work with them he could work with anyone. That turned out to be anything but the case. That’s when he made the decision to get my team on it.

We determined what the challenges were, created a plan he agreed with and we got to work. I have had a B contracting license in California since I was quite young and I’ve learned who to talk to and what to say. I’m also an experienced Project Manager. I know that any project losing $10,000 or more every day needs serious attention to every detail and lots of great communication.

I loved the smile on his face after we got our final approval from the municipality (I helped him there as well) and approval from the building department less than 90 days after I started. I live in a confidential world and this is one of those times where I’d love to give the name of this man because he is a very happy business owner. I am in the middle of a second project for him and he wants very little to do with the construction and regulation aspects of this one. He his however looking forward to starting production very soon!    Cannabis Grow Builders have been involved in the emerging legal Cannabis Industry as a builder and developer of grow facilities since 2016. Daniel Stevenson and his team work with Cannabis Entrepreneurs and Solopreneurs to maximize the potential in their business while remaining on the cutting edge of constantly changing governmental regulations. Please reach out to us at 916-933-7333, via e-mail at daniel@cannabisgrowbuilders.com

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