Cannabis quality assurance testing spaces and labs: Design, safety, cGMP standards, equipment & infrastructure requirements

A wide breadth of disciplines and expertise are vital to the design and implementation of quality assurance testing spaces in cannabis processing facilities and independent labs. In this webcast, Meghan McCormick details several high-priority inputs required from engineering, architectural, safety, laboratory, waste, security, and IT that are critical for successful and legally compliant QA labs and testing facilities. She covers several considerations when optimizing the flow and utilization of each room, equipment and infrastructure, personnel, and tests that are required to meet state regulations. She points out key standards and guidelines to meet cGMP facility design and ISO 17025 laboratory accreditation. 

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Best practices for planning and commissioning cannabis facilities

The most successful, high-tech indoor, vertical, and greenhouse cultivation projects in the country use integrated project teams and commissioning to define project goals, identify risks early, save time, and reduce costs. In this webcast, session leaders deliver a deep dive into emerging energy codes, programming requirements for growing and processing spaces, future proofing considerations for flexibility and resilience, and engaging utility and efficiency programs. They provide tips for navigating the planning, post-occupancy, and validation stages of facility design and construction for controlled environment agriculture.

Continuing Education
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
0.50

Cultivation, HVAC, and Vapor Pressure Deficit: Best practices for creating the optimal grow environment

Each stage of the cannabis plant lifecycle requires exacting humidity and temperatures to grow ideal product, and your HVAC system is the most crucial element for indoor cannabis cultivation and controlling the cannabis ecosystem. Levi Quinn demonstrates best practices for HVAC design in cannabis cultivation including Vapor Pressure Deficit (VPD) and how it relates to the optimal grow room environment. He details other equipment and control factors that affect humidity and temperature, how they can they be managed, and why each are important. Described in the most basic terminology: Consistent VPD = Consistent plant transpiration = Consistent plant growth.

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

A guide to regulatory compliance: Internal program development, state and local regulations, audit management

State and local regulatory requirements are changing rapidly and it is critical to set the foundation for your internal compliance programs early to reduce risk. Jennifer Germano details compliance tools and standards including self-auditing, third-party audits, operational training, and building the right team and skill-sets. She demonstrates how to build a robust a compliance program including documentation management, how to manage compliance inspections from state and local regulators, and ensuring you're utilizing environmental control methods and OSHA standards. 

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

The Four “S” Method for choosing extraction technology: Speed, scale, selectivity, spend

It’s the wild west out there in the CBD processing market and risks are abundant. In this session, Dr. John MacKay demonstrates methods to reduce risk and cost by implementing a formulation-centric CBD processing strategy called the Four “S” Method that addresses Speed, Scale, Selectivity, and Spend. 

Continuing Education
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
0.50

Cannabis facility pre-planning considerations that reduce risk: Equipment, workflow, GMP standards

View this webcast before embarking on your next cannabis facility project to improve operational efficiencies, avoid costly design missteps, and prevent expensive, schedule-busting changes during (and after) construction. Luz Elena Parra offers guidance on pre-design architectural and engineering considerations including data and information gathering, key team member inputs, operational considerations, and GMP standards that must be deliberated upfront. She demonstrates the advantages and disadvantages of greenhouse, outdoor, and indoor cultivation, and illustrates successful designs for equipment, people, and material workflow

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

A structural framework for cannabis facility planning, design, and construction: The roadmap to success

This webcast provides a primer on design and construction of a cannabis facility. Sam Andras details the key components for success from planning to operation including pre-planning goals, vision, budget, timelines, and expectations; selection of project team members; facility design including programming and budgeting; construction project delivery processes; and operational considerations. He demonstrates critical elements on the roadmap to success that help avoid detours, potholes, speed traps, and dead ends.

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Value Engineering: Cost and functionality decisions for planning, design, and construction of cannabis facilities

Value engineering – a systematic, organized approach to providing necessary functions at the lowest cost – can be consequential to your next cannabis facility project design, engineering, and construction budget. Will Goodin details the cannabis facility value engineering process and details how it can foster the substitution of materials and methods with less expensive alternatives without sacrificing functionality. He uses case studies of recent cannabis facility projects to illustrate how value engineering was used to reduce both capital and operating expenditures.  

Continuing Education
AIA Health, Safety and Welfare (HSW)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

Construction cost forecast and timing decisions for capital projects

Mounting pressure on construction costs will impact all projects on the drawing boards, both new construction and renovations. Attend this session to get better pricing and more accurate budget figures, and better understand construction cost drivers for different academic programs. James Vermeulen and Blair Tennant deliver up-to-date construction cost forecasts based on the latest employment data, government spending trends, commodity prices, and cost data from more than 100 projects. Using analyses of equities, GDP, and construction labor markets, they illustrate regional construction pricing targets for the next two years and demonstrate bid and purchasing strategies that lock in costs and reduce risk.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00

The Hybrid Workplace of the Future: Re-imagining the Office After the Pandemic

The massive work-from-home experiment underway, triggered by the COVID-19 pandemic, proved that people can work remotely. When the pandemic eventually ends though, it is likely that the office we return to will not be the office we left. Instead, we are likely to see a new hybrid workplace that combines part-time remote working and office space designed for effective collaboration. JLL research predicts that 30 percent of all office space will be consumed flexibly by 2030. Understanding and utilizing agile workspace will be a key element to creating the new blended workplace of future.  Join Michael Schley, Founder of FM:Systems, as he explores what the new normal might look like and how the office might be re-imagined.

Continuing Education
American Institute of Architects (AIA)
 
1.00
Professional Development Hour (PDH)
 
1.00