Designing Cannabis Facilities With Mindful Sustainability

Designing Cannabis

Designing Cannabis Facilities With Mindful Sustainability Facilities Design Committee, Kevin Quinlan (Mintropy. Kevin is a principal of the Chicago-based engineering firm Mintropy.

He is a professional mechanical engineer, specializing in the design of HVAC, plumbing, and process systems for the cannabis industry. Using his experience in traditional engineering methods throughout his past, he applies his team’s depth of knowledge to create efficient and economically sound solutions for cultivation and processing facilities.

Taking a custom approach to each project, Kevin has experience working in the traditional design-bid-build method, as well as in the design-build arena. Since Mintropy’s inception, he has led design projects for cannabis, commercial, industrial, and government buildings.

Since legalization in the state of Oregon in 2015, Kevin began working with the indoor agriculture community to further refine and innovate the design features for the cannabis cultivation sector, which he now brings to the midwest and elsewhere.

We focus on the discussion surrounding sustainability in cannabis cultivation, and how we can design our facilities with a focus on that. It’s important to focus on our goals of conserving energy, lowering our carbon footprint, and protecting the environment overall in our practices. So we talk a bit about how cannabis is currently grown in the legal market, and how much energy it’s taking up to yield our crops.

Mintropy specializes in Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, and Fire Protection design consulting services in support of cannabis cultivation and extraction facilities. Its focus is to minimize disorder in the problem-solving process, thereby yielding the highest quality service at the lowest possible cost to its customers.

They believe that trust, simplicity, quality, and the ability to evolve are cornerstones to building long-lasting relationships and creating true value in our field of practice. They are believers that our most important asset is the rock we’ve been evolving on for the past 5 billion years.

Their design approach encourages cohesiveness with nature, and they strive to find ways to incorporate their technological advancements back into harmony with mother nature.