Zenabis – Construction Planning
Client Vision and Intent
We worked extensively with Zenabis throughout late 2018 and 2019 as they grew from 30 employees to over 100 at their new headquarters. Zenabis was formed through a reverse takeover when Sun Pharm, a cannabis company, bought a majority stake in Bevo Agro, a publicly traded plant-propagation company. Since the merger, and the legalization of Cannabis, Zenabis encountered a period of rapid growth.
As a newly formed company, Zenabis had a long list of crucial tasks to complete if they were to reach their objective of becoming one of the world’s largest LP. Chief among these challenges was the need to transform agri-propagation greenhouses into massive cannabis producing spaces. Virtus Groups was tasked with drafting the project charter which would steer the construction work required to convert these greenhouses into efficient cannabis propagation facilities.
You can read more about the other ways Virtus Groups supported Zenabis’ growth here.
Virtus Groups Development of Plan
Zenabis needed to convert the Langley Bevo Farms office and greenhouse facilities into a space suitable for the production and cultivation of cannabis. In addition to converting the existing greenhouse space, a feasibility study needed to be conducted for future drying, packaging, and warehousing facilities that may need to be constructed. The Virtus Groups team conducted stakeholder calls and meetings with Zenabis’ Chief Operating Officer, Chief Grower, and the Director of the Langley Facility. Our team also toured the facility, reviewing the site to best understand the organization’s requirements.
Virtus Groups Executes the Plan
Virtus Groups identified three sites and delineated a number of phases that would be crucial to the success of the project. These included the initial construction of 2 acres of growing space which was the basis of Site 1, before the remaining 8 acres of Site 1 would be built. Site 2 was identified as the construction of 30 acres of growing space. Site 3/Future Developments was identified as the potential drying, packaging, and warehousing facility construction.
The conversion plan allowed Zenabis to obtain Health Canada approval of the new facility design and all of their sites. It also enabled existing Bevo Farms propagation operations to be moved to a new facility immediately.
Due to Virtus Groups input and strategic guidance, Zenabis were well placed to commence operations and begin their journey to becoming one of Canada’s largest LPs.Virtus Groups provided the framework which enabled Zenabis to set up a Health Canada-certified cannabis propagation facility. They acquired this superior project management expertise without having to endure the lengthy process of onboarding project managers before beginning essential work. Instead, they could rely on Virtus Groups’ on-demand, execution-focused approach. Virtus Groups is proud of the role we took in shaping Zenabis’ journey by providing these core project management capabilities.
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