iN PHOTOS: Magic mushroom facility in Princeton taking shape
Construction is nearing completion on two 10,000 square foot facilities in Princeton that will be used to grow and research magic mushrooms.
One building will be used as a controlled substance facility for research and lab work for psychedelic mushrooms and the other will be used for the production of the mushroom varietals. The two facilities are located next to the B.C. Green Pharmaceutical medical marijuana site in Princeton’s industrial park.
Current estimates place the project three to four weeks behind schedule.
"When measured against the backdrop of the ongoing global health crisis, a delay of this nature is considered acceptable and Optimi thanks all concerned for their ongoing and relentless efforts to manage the supply chain and related issues efficiently and effectively to expedite overall progress,” reads a press release from Optimi Health Corp., which oversees the operations.
Recently, Health Canada gave Optimi Health the green light to start building security measures and grow room installations.
In one building, number 261, work on facility-specific structural, electrical, ventilation and irrigation systems has either been roughed in or completed to key demarcation points. Secondary site electrical work is nearing completion and external paving, road access and security fencing are scheduled with some materials already pre-staged, Optimi Health said. An inspection will still need to be performed by Health Canada.
The second building, 269, is nearly complete, with the expectation of framing work that needs to be done in few small areas relevant to the grinding and extractions rooms.
Optimi’s team is currently meeting with the City of Princeton regarding roadcuts, and to connect water and sanitary services.
Once completed, the facility will have a projected capacity to initially secure a license for 50 kilograms of psilocybin, the hallucinogenic in magic mushrooms, with the ability, subject to future licensing, to scale up to a capacity of 1,250 kg, the company said.
Optimi anticipates the project will cost $8.2 million to complete.
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