E.153- Fully Integrated Facility Design and the International Cannabis Market ft. Lucas Targos of urban-gro Inc.
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Episode 153 features Lucas Targos, VP of Controlled Environment Agriculture at urban-gro Inc. Colorado-based Urban-gro specializes in fully integrated facility design, cultivation systems integration and operational support for cannabis and food-focused indoor controlled environmental agriculture. They have completed over 500 indoor builds encompassing over 11.5 million square feet of cultivation since 2014.
Lucas tells us more about his background in horticulture and sustainable agriculture and how that knowledge base from agriculture led him to working for L’Eagle in Denver, CO and now urban-gro. We discuss the all-in-one solution’s urban-gro provides for clients from architecture design, engineering and managed services. urban-gro recently acquired Emerald Construction which will allow the company to hone in on mid-sized design builds for CEA facilities.
Lucas provides insight into today’s consumers and the most common growing practices of cultivators today. We even touch on the international market learning more about Holland, Italy, and Portugal’s cannabis market.
This was a very interesting episode! We loved learning about this ancillary business that has truly set the stage for Colorado and beyond.
As urban-gro’s Vice President of Controlled Environment Agriculture, Lucas has over 15 years of crop and cultivation management experience which allows him to bridge the gap between commercial horticulture and the cannabis industry.
As the team lead for Cultivation Space Programming, Lucas has worked with hundreds of cultivators across North America and Europe to develop innovative facility design and operational practices to deliver efficient and profitable cultivation facilities.
Lucas’ diverse background in cannabis and horticulture makes him an asset to the highly regulated cultivation solutions industry. His experience has provided the framework to develop successful solutions for cultivation challenges, as well as the ability to integrate more established and regulated industries’ policies into the ever-changing cannabis landscape.
Lucas has a degree in Environmental Studies with a focus on sustainable agriculture from Fort Lewis College in Durango, Colorado