State-of-the-Art Medical Marijuana Growing and Processing Facility

Ilera Healthcare – Controlled Medical Cannabis Growing Facility in Waterfall, PA

JPT Architects partnered with Ilera Healthcare and Palmer Construction to create Ilera’s state-of-the-art Medical Marijuana Growing and Processing Facility in Waterfall, PA. The facility houses a series of modular, energy-efficient hybrid greenhouses that supply the raw materials for Ilera Healthcare’s medical marijuana products. Purpose-built areas dedicated to drying, extraction, processing and incineration of plant waste materials are also located at the site. An administrative wing consists of offices for the Ilera team and a conference room to conduct meetings. From an engineering standpoint, a fully integrated lighting and power design was executed.

One of the most important building system design aspects of Cannabis Growing Facilities is the lighting. Maximum harvest potential of a quality product requires a very specific color temperature, spectral wavelength and intensity of the lighting. A growing facility’s total energy consumption from lighting takes up roughly 38% or more and can consume more than 25 W/SF of power. JPT’s Engineers utilize a fully integrated lighting design and calculation package within our building information modeling (BIM) software. The allows us to utilize the building materials and geometry to develop accurate point-by-point illuminance lighting levels (lighting intensity) on any work-plane or surface.

JPT also considers that Cannabis Growing Facilities take up A LOT of power and when we say a lot we mean roughly 1,000 amps for every 10,000 ft. Although Ilera was a greenfield project, most Medical Cannabis Growing Facilities are renovations from existing buildings. Even if a manufacturing facility was purchased, most likely, the utilities will need upgraded, unless the building was an existing data center. But what is to be expected when the plants being produced rely on lighting, venting and dehumidifiers to survive? Electrical services need to be capable of supporting an entire electrical load.

This was a Fast-Track, Design-Build project with Palmer Construction that was completed in four months. We make such a great team in the Medical Cannabis Industry that we have decided to create brand awareness as partners by exhibiting at the 2018 World Medical Cannabis Conference in Pittsburgh, PA and the 2018 CannabisLearn Conference in Philadelphia, PA. JPT and Palmer also make a great team in the design of Healthcare Facilities such as multiple projects at Fulton County Medical Center in McConnellsburg, PA.

15 Comments

  1. Are you hiring I have my Medical marijuana card

    • Hi Lisa – Thank you for your interest in checking out JPT’s website. JPT Architects is a woman-owned, fully-integrated Architectural and MEP Engineering firm that specializes in Cannabis Cultivation & Processing facilities in addition to Dispensaries. Ilera Healthcare is one of our clients….one of our favorite clients I might add :). If you are looking to contact them, here is Ilera’s official website https://ilerahealthcare.com/. There is a “Contact Us” tab on their website that has a phone number and an area where you can email them directly from their website.

      Hope this helps!

      Thanks,
      Emily – Business Development Leader, JPT Architects

  2. Gregory L Chronister

    I have a problem with one of your products which are the only ones I can use I Purchased that at Rise York Pennsylvania I need somebody to please contact me at 717-683-0413

    • Hi Gregory – Ilera Healthcare is one of our clients….one of our favorite clients I might add! This is the website of JPT Architects which is a fully-integrated Architectural and MEP Engineering firm. If you are trying to get in touch with Ilera Healthcare, here is their website https://ilerahealthcare.com/.

      Hope that this helps!

  3. Geraldine De Bari

    I DON’T KNOW HOW TO USE YOUR VAPORIZOR,

    • Hi Geraldine – We are the architects and engineers who partnered with Ilera Healthcare to design their Grower/Processor facility in Waterfall, PA and their Dispensary in Plymouth Meeting, PA. As far as Ilera’s specific products, we do not have any knowledge on these items.

      I am going to refer you to Ilera Healthcare’s direct website here https://ilerahealthcare.com/. There is a contact button at the top right of the screen. Hope this helps!

      Thanks!

  4. Hi I am trying to contact Ilera manufacturers, to let them know to increase production of Dream tincture, all the dispensaries are out of stock and don’t know when they will receive more

  5. Carolyn McConaughey

    Hello my name is Carolyn McConaughey, I was wondering how to submit an application for the new facility that is going to open in Saxton , Pa

    • Hi Carolyn – We are the designers (architects and engineers) at the facility in Saxton, PA right now. To inquire about openings at that facility, I would contact someone from Green Leaf Medical. That is the owner. Here is a link to their website https://www.gleaf.com/. You will see they are also located in Maryland but this is the correct company for the Saxton grow facility.
      Thank You.

  6. Lindsay Andrus

    Hello, my name is Lindsay Andrus. I am inquiring about any openings you have at the facility in Waterfall, PA.

    • Hi Lindsay – We were the designers (architects and engineers) at the facility in Waterfall, PA. To inquire about openings at that facility, I would contact someone from Ilera Healthcare. That is the owner. Here is a link to their website https://ilerahealthcare.com/.
      Thank You.

      • Hello! My name is Conner Ortiz, I have been very interested in being part of the team at the facility located in Waterfall, PA. I have 10 years of experience with gardening, plants, cultivation, trimming, pruning, anything with plants and growing! I am 18 years of age about to be 19 I have nothing on my record or background and I am able to work full time anytime! I get along great with my peers and have a hard working desire and I believe I would be absolutely excellent at this job and it would be a amazing opportunity to set up an interview and achieve this job position for I am only 10 minutes away from the facility on Memory Lane, Hustontown, PA! Please contact me at (352)-247-5468 or email me @conthekidmc57@gmail.com

        • Hi Conner – Thank you for your interest in checking out JPT’s website. JPT Architects is a woman-owned, fully-integrated Architectural and MEP Engineering firm that specializes in Cannabis Cultivation & Processing facilities in addition to Dispensaries. Ilera Healthcare is one of our clients….one of our favorite clients I might add :). If you are looking to contact them, here is Ilera’s official website https://ilerahealthcare.com/. There is a “Contact Us” tab on their website that has a phone number and an area where you can email them directly from their website.

          Hope this helps!

          Thanks,
          Emily – Business Development Leader, JPT Architects

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