Learn how the technologies growers use to accomplish cultivation and post-harvest processes can help improve business outcomes in other ways beyond saving energy.
Brian is a founding partner of Anderson Porter Design, Inc., an international practice focused on design and architecture for the cannabis industry. Anderson Porter Design provides strategy, technology, design and thought leadership built on 20 years as a general practice in Architecture. Since 2014 they have focused on buildings for plants: Controlled-Environmental Horticulture (CEH), Extraction / Manufacturing and Retail Dispensaries.
Brian merges a RISD education in the craft tradition of making and designing objects with an analytic data driven process to drive value along the cannabis supply chain. He has a Masters degree from Harvard and has been in practice since 1992. Anderson provides professional leadership in strategic planning and design. He speaks nationally on energy sustainability in the Cannabis Industry, Facility Design, and on interior design for retail.
Anderson Porter Design were the architects for the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston from 1999 – 2006. The events of 9/11 necessitated site and building security upgrades both physical and electronic. Anderson's specialty in building design for security includes a new vehicle inspection and site security measures for the FRB. The program included site upgrades and a new building for the inspection of all vehicles entering the underground garage capable of protecting the bank from a car or truck bomb. Anderson has further specialization in buildings with complex programs as architect with a team from Mumbai India for MIT’s Neuroscience Laboratory and architect for commercial medical device manufacturing facilities in Massachusetts. Anderson has extensive experience with public agencies and non-profit organizations. He brings over a decade of work with small business retail and interior design with both private and public clients.
Brian began working with cannabis clients in 2014. He is working with clients in various stages of state approvals process in MA, NJ, CO, OR, AR, OH, OK, MO, MI, VA, WVA, PA and FL.
Dr. Lefsrud, an Associate Professor at McGill University leads the Biomass Production Laboratory. His upbringing on a farm and work in the oil fields of Alberta, Canada combined with his B.Sc. and M.Sc. in Agricultural and Bioresource Engineering and a Ph.D. in Plant Physiology gives him a very strong background in the fields of agriculture, biology, and engineering. His research program focuses on the plant growth environment and how to improve plant and microbial yield. The Biomass Production Laboratory focus is developing methods and technologies to improve environmental control, energy efficiency, harvesting and post harvest handling and bioprocesses of living organisms. This laboratory’s primary goal is the improvement of plants for human consumption (food security), human health (medical cannabis), environmental protection (green building materials) and energy (biofuels).