Cannabis Dispensary Modular Cube Construction


About Modular Construction, Generally


Modular construction is a process in which a building is constructed off-site, under controlled factory conditions, using the same materials and designing to the same codes and standards as conventionally built facilities – but in about half the time.


Custom-built modular structures meet the same code requirements as traditional buildings, yet they offer unlimited applications and mobilizations that conventional buildings, trailers, portable shelters and containers, used for similar purposes, simply cannot match.


Portable, durable and entirely customizable, the structures recommended by cannabis business consulting and strategy firm J. Whitney & Co. are multi-story capable and available in lengths up to 60 ft. All modular cube configurations start from a structural steel space frame that can be customized to exact requirements, including walls, doors, windows, electrical, HVAC, plumbing, data, décor and furnishings, and are delivered turnkey with plug and play utility connections.


Modular facilities are easy to transport and reconfigure, which means that a single modular structure can be utilized for various projects indifferent locations, multiple times. All cubes used by J. Whitney & Co.'s modular manufacturing partner have a versatile corner design for easy pick-up, connections and anchoring on-site. They also feature integrated forklift pockets for ease of movement, without requiring specialized equipment.


Benefits Of Modular Construction in General


The factory-controlled process generates less waste, creates fewer site disturbances and allows for tighter construction. 

Greater Flexibility and Reuse: 

Modular buildings can be disassembled, and the modules can be relocated or refurbished for new use, reducing the demand for raw materials and minimizing the amount of energy expended to create a building to meet the new need. 


Construction of modular buildings occurs simultaneously with site work, allowing projects to be completed in half the time of traditional construction. 

Reduced Construction Schedule:
Because construction of modular buildings can occur simultaneously with the site and foundation work, projects can be completed 30% to 50% sooner than traditional construction.

Elimination of Weather Delays:
60 - 90% of the construction is completed inside a factory, which mitigates the risk of weather delays. Buildings are occupied sooner, creating a faster return on investment.

Built to Code with Quality Materials:
Modular buildings are built to meet or exceed the same building codes and standards as site-built structures, and the same architect-specified materials used in conventionally constructed buildings are used in modular construction projects.

Less Material Waste: 

When building in a factory, waste is eliminated by recycling materials, controlling inventory and protecting building materials. 

Improved Air Quality: 

Because the modular structure is substantially completed in a factory-controlled setting using dry materials, the potential for high levels of moisture being trapped in the new construction is eliminated.



Modular buildings are built with the same materials and to the same building codes and architectural specifications  as traditional construction.

Safer Construction: 
The indoor construction environment reduces the risks of accidents and related liabilities for workers.

Limitless Design Opportunities:
Modular units may be designed to fit in with external aesthetics of any existing building and modular units, once assembled, are virtually indistinguishable from their site-built counterparts.


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Why Use Modular Facilities for Dispensaries?

Modular dispensaries which are expertly manufactured by construction partners of J. Whitney & Co., are fully customizable to meet individual requirements for dispensary operations, processes and procedures. Some benefits of using modular cubes for dispensary facilities include:

  • Once a cannabis dispensary wants to expand an operation, it can be done quickly with minimum disruption – additional modular cubes easily connect to existing structures
  • Modular cubes have the engineering to withstand geographic load criteria or ambient weather conditions. These facilities are good to go, no matter the location of a dispensary.
  • Modular cubes can be used in an existing indoor warehouse OR as a standalone exterior structure
  • Modular cubes can be built up to 3 stories
  • Security and surveillance systems available per local jurisdiction requirements


Dispensary Modular Facility Construction

Cubes are easy to transport by truck to the desired location and can be quickly installed using a forklift to create a permanent structure. The structure can be easily dismantled, relocated, reassembled, expanded or reconfigured. The owner has complete flexibility with minimal disruption.


Physical specifications of modular cubes used for dispensary construction:

  • Welded structural steel tube frame enhances the cube’s overall strength and increases options for customization.
  • The dispensary cube height is 12 ́. Cube lengths and widths are available in increments of 8 ́, 10́ and 12 ́.  There is an optional 6'extension to the cube height.
  • Modular wall panel scan be easily customized with doors, windows, and other options.
  • Premium components are utilized inside and out for durability and long life.
  • Each cube is engineered to your specific location conditions to withstand snow load, wind load and seismic events.
  • Utility connections are preconfigured for a convenient and simple installation.
  • Installation is quick and simple. When delivered, Cubes can be set in position, connected to site utilities and ready to use immediately.


Benefits of Modular Cube Facility Construction for Cannabis Dispensaries


Earlier Dispensary Launch

Usually, when constructing a new building for a cannabis business, the building doesn't start until all of the groundwork has been done on the land.  It can take 6 months to a year for the groundwork to complete and only then does the construction of the facility begin. With modular construction, the cannabis business facility is constructed simultaneously with the groundwork so it's ready to go as soon as the groundwork wraps up.  This means the cannabis or hemp business gets to open earlier, thus generating revenues months earlier than it would with traditional construction.


Cannabis business is expensive.  There are high licensing fees, higher taxes paid, expensive equipment, and more.  Because of this, the accelerated launch date is especially huge for cannabis businesses.


Ease of Business Expansion

The level of customization and ease of dispensary expansion provided by modular construction are extremely valuable. Often, cannabis dispensaries launch operations and have plans for future expansion, but don't yet have the capacity or need to expand.  Once these cannabis businesses scale and are ready to expand their physical dispensary to accommodate business growth, they are faced with lengthy disruption in operations and risk of exposing employees, customers/patients and products to air contaminants.  


Modularly constructed cannabis dispensaries make expansion simpler and more efficient because the additional modules can be built off site and then added on to the existing facility once ready.  This means a decrease in business disruption and a decreased risk of contaminating the air and affecting cannabis product, customers/patients, or employees.  Having a crop ruined, products contaminated, or MMJ patients and customers unable to come to a dispensary because of construction dust and debris is an expensive risk to take.



Custom-built modular structures for cannabis businesses meet the same code requirements as traditional buildings, yet they offer unlimited applications and mobilizations that conventional buildings, trailers, portable shelters and containers, used for similar purposes, simply cannot match. Furthermore, modular facilities manufactured by J. Whitney & Co.'s manufacturing partner are completely capable of fully adhering to all cannabis specific regulations such as vaults and robust security systems.  


Cannabis regulatory compliance means smooth certificate of operations approval by the state and local cannabis regulators.  The standards for dispensaries are HIGH, most especially from a security and access control perspective.  Factory made modular dispensaries empower a license owner to oversee every specification of the facility manufacturing and make sure there's not a building flaw in place that could risk the security of the dispensary.


Ease of Relocation

Cannabis businesses frequently move from their original location to a more prime spot once jurisdiction allow, landlords allow, or the company has made enough money to afford a new property in a prime location.  Usually, moving a cannabis business to a new location would mean leaving the original facility behind and building a new one which takes time.


Modular cannabis business facilities can be moved from one location to the next, so a cannabis business is good to go as soon as it shows up to the new property and gets all state and local regulatory approvals. No assets left behind and no wait time for the construction of the new facility.  If a cannabis business wants an updated facility for the new location, there is no need to leave the modular facility behind! The existing modular facility can be renovated, just like a traditionally constructed facility.  


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