Client: Aurora Cannabis (Anandia)
Location: Comox, BC
Aurora Cannabis, industry leaders in the genetic research and breeding of the cannabis plant, have commissioned Local Practice to design an innovative new centre for their continued genetic research and analysis of this underdeveloped plant. The purpose of this globally unique facility is to provide a supportive and nurturing space for the Aurora team of scientists to expand their current research, with the goal of realizing the full human benefit of the cannabis plant.
The CLT construction offers high strength and the structural simplicity needed for cost-effective buildings, as well as a lighter environmental footprint than concrete or steel. It also provides numerous other benefits, including quicker installation, reduced waste, improved thermal performance and design versatility. The new Cannabis Innovation Centre in Comox is also being designed to revitalize the site, which was previously stripped of nutrients and vegetation, by harnessing the nutrient rich waste product generated in the genetic research process. Additionally, the site area has had development restrictions because of a resultant increase in stormwater runoff; however, the new facility will not only reduce the cumulative runoff via stormwater detention, but also by rainwater reuse which will at the same time reduce the high water demand for greenhouse plant production. Drawing from global resources and connections, the design of the highly technical lab and growing systems, required for the genetic research and extraction of cannabis, is supported by an experienced and specialized team of consultants that are integrated directly into the architectural design process through the IDP (Integrated Design Process), that is foundational to our practice.
Project Team: Local Practice (Architecture), Associated Engineering (Structural, Electrical, Mechanical), Lanarc (Landscape), McElhanney (Civil), Heatherbrae (General Contractor), Spearhead (Timber Framing), T.C. v.d. Dool (Greenhouse Fabrication)
Anticipated Completion: 2019 (Phase 1)