The Denver Post - - BUSINESS - By Shay Cas­tle Daily Cam­era

Nine se­nior en­gi­neer­ing stu­dents at the Univer­sity of Colorado are team­ing with a Boul­der-based Surna to de­sign the com­pany’s new hy­brid build­ing for pot grow­ers.

Surna en­gi­neers equip­ment for con­trolled en­vi­ron­ments with a fo­cus on the mar­i­juana in­dus­try. The stu­dent team is help­ing with its new­est prod­uct: a cli­mate-con­trolled build­ing that is a mix of an in­door grow op­er­a­tion and a green­house.

The de­sign in­cludes a clear ceil­ing over an in­door grow. “It is sun­lit — no one dis­putes that plants grow best un­der sun­light,” Surna CEO Stephen Keen said. It will re­sult in sig­nif­i­cant en­ergy sav­ings by re­dis­tribut­ing heat and re­cy­cling wa­ter.

CU me­chan­i­cal en­gi­neer­ing stu­dent Cather­ine Villa, who in­terned with Surna over the sum­mer, sug­gested work­ing with a team of her class­mates. “We work a lot with HVAC and ther­mo­dy­nam­ics. I thought it would be a a re­ally great idea for us to see how (those) work in the in­dus­try.”

The fin­ished model will be dis­played April 22 at a se­nior de­sign expo.

Cour­tesy Matthew Sharpe for Surna Inc.

A ren­der­ing pro­vided by Surna shows what the hy­brid build­ing will look like upon com­ple­tion.

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