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Drivers of Greenhouse Construction Costs

Posted by Phil Bishop on May 24, 2017 1:40:32 PM
  • Basic Installation – The labor cost to install a greenhouse is dependent on the equipment and the structure type.
    • CS3 vs. RB+ vs. RBS
      • Number of Columns
      • Covering Options
    • Internal vs. External Shade Systems
      • Internal is more labor intensive can will be a significant driver of labor cost
      • External is not labor intensive and can be an economical way to have shade
    • Benching
      • Benches can be labor intensive to build. Dependent on the SQFT of the project, it can be a significant driver of the labor cost 
  • Prevailing Wages
    • Depending on the location, type of project, and labor laws, prevailing wages can be in excess of $80.00 per hour per man. This can drive the cost of labor significantly.
      • Example: Chicago, NY, MO
  • Electrical
    • The location of the project is a driver of cost. Lighting, electrical loads, and required equipment are drivers. Grow lights and the panels to power them can be very expensive.
  •  Plumbing
    • Plumbing generally is cheaper than electrical. It is dependent on local codes what can be done without a licensed plumber. Scope of work and material of pipe is a driver.
      • Potable vs. Non-potable water
  • Site Prep
    • Site prep can be an expensive scope to add. The volume of dirt to be added/removed requires a lot of equipment, manpower and experience. Dependent of soil and site conditions it can be a significant driver.
  •  Utilities
    • It is standard that utilities are brought to site by the Owner. Moving utilities or tying into existing utilities requires coordination with those public utilities and contractors with experience and the insurance to perform the work. This can be a very significant cost.
  •  Permitting
    • Permits require local codes and procedures to be followed. This goes one of two ways. Easy or hard. It can be a driver of cost dependent on local codes and process to be followed.


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