Owner/developer: Bloom Medicinals of MO – Dispensary 1 LLC
General contractor: Green Industry Construction Services LLC (Grand Blanc, Michigan)
Architect: Benton Design Group LLC (St. Louis)
Engineers: CSE Engineering LLC (Wentzville), structural; Anderson Engineering Inc., civil; and Building Systems Design Group LLC, mechanical, electrical and plumbing
Size: 4,000 square feet
Estimated cost: WND
Estimated completion: Nov. 15
Project description: With dispensaries in five other states, Florida-based Bloom Medicinals is opening four Show-Me State outlets, including the Springfield store that is scheduled to open in mid-November. The dispensary website outlines a wide selection of marijuana products, plus cannabis flower products, edibles and concentrates. Bloom also offers help to customers who are interested in obtaining a medical marijuana card. According to John Ignat, project manager and superintendent with Green Industry Construction Services, the access-controlled building features a large vault for its cannabis products. “There’s a lot of site security,” Ignat said.
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