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Vantage Builders Launches Cannabis Cultivation Construction Practice
 
Practice Will Help Growers Get to Market Quickly, Efficiently
 
WALTHAM, MASS. – March 9th, 2017 – Vantage Builders, Inc., a general contracting and construction firm based in Waltham, Mass., today announced that it has launched a Cannabis Cultivation Construction Practice, designed to assist organizations involved in Massachusetts’ cannabis industry get to market quickly and efficiently. 
 
“Cultivating, growing and processing marijuana, whether for medical or recreational use, is a very complicated, complex and precise process,” said Ryan LaVangie, senior vice president of sales and marketing, Vantage Builders. “And the process begins long before the first seed is planted, it begins with the construction of the facility. With our experience in the industry, we can assemble the correct team – from architecture and design to engineering and construction – to support each growers’ unique approach.” 
 
The building and systems requirements for cannabis cultivation are more similar to medical or food processing than traditional industrial use, such as manufacturing. Among cultivation facilities’ unique challenges that Vantage Builders’ new practice will address are: 
• Building construction – prefab vs. block and steel
• Facility integrity – roof, wall and ceiling load strength; humidity and temperature control
• Building systems requirements – HVAC, water, electricity, and lighting
• Security – camera and alarm systems, vaults
 
“Most critical is our ability to help bring growers to market as quickly as possible,” continued LaVangie. “The cannabis industry is very sensitive to time pressures. Every day a facility is not growing, the company is losing money.”
 
About The Market
The marijuana industry is poised to be one of the fastest growing segments of the Massachusetts economy over the next few years. According to the data firm New Frontier, legal marijuana sales are expected to increase from approximately $100 million in 2017 (medical marijuana alone) to more than $1.1 billion (medical and recreational) by 2020.
 
About Vantage Builders, Inc. 
Vantage Builders offers contracting services to corporations, developers, property managers, retailers and private institutions throughout New England. Our standard construction services include general contracting and construction management. More comprehensive services include design/build and value engineering. In managing and building scores of commercial projects, we’ve found that versatility is key to our customers’ success. Our experience includes specialized tenant build-outs, standard property improvements, base building work and construction from the ground up. For more information, please visit www.vb-inc.com or follow us on Twitter: @VantageBldrs.
 

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