420 Reasons your Grow House Needs Better Security

Evaluating security requirements and real-world applications in the cannabis and other high-value manufacturing industries
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Sponsored by CornellCookson
Presented by Heather Bender and Adrienne Reitz

Learning Objectives:

  1. Discuss the importance of designing a secure building for high value manufacturing and distribution – including but not limited to the cannabis industry.
  2. Provide an overview of the minimal level of security that is required for Cannabis processing facilities and discuss the wide range of secure building design requirements that vary based on the industry and access points of a facility.
  3. Provide a list of specific areas of a building and how to design them in a way that will protect not only the material assets with in the building, but more importantly provide safety, security, and mental well-being to occupants.
  4. Discuss the importance of architects understanding the pros and cons of each access control option that can be designed into a building to ensure they choose the correct one for their particular application. Understand when to use visible security as a design deterrent, and when architects should design security that is hidden into the architecture – either to conceal it from occupants (for mental health and well-being) or from threats (as an added security measure).


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Continuously growing high cash businesses, such as cannabis, pharmaceutical, and other high value manufacturing industries, have an increased risk for robberies and theft. For that reason, it is important that the architects that are designing buildings for these types of businesses incorporate the proper level of protection and required security needs. For example, as the government continues to legalize cannabis, they also continue to regulate it – and a major focus of that regulation is on the security that must be designed into a building. Architects then have the option to choose visible security – as a deterrent to would-be criminals, or hidden security - making security not only an integrated design element, but also more difficult to overcome. To add to the complexity, minimum security requirements for these facilities vary by state. Our goal is to take a comprehensive look at the overall importance, need and requirements of designing a secure building for these high-value, at-risk industries.

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Heather Bender brings her decade of marketing and product management experience to her current role of Strategic Marketing Manager at CornellCookson. In this position, she is responsible for company growth through the management of a diverse portfolio of new products in the research and development stages. She was previously employed by InterMetro Industries in positions of increasing responsibility, most recently as a Product Manager. In that role, she managed multi-segment product lines servicing the Foodservice, Healthcare and Commercial industries. Heather graduated with honors from Misericordia University with a Bachelor’s degree in Marketing and obtained her Project Management certification from The Pennsylvania State University.


Adrienne Reitz is on the management team at CornellCookson. She is involved in new product development, content development, and dealer enablement. An accomplished communications professional, Reitz has a knack for managing complex, innovative, and engaging programs. In her current role at CornellCookson, Reitz combines a love of words, an obsession for detail, and a passion for driving results for a worldwide network of dealers and architects. Before working with rolling closures, she worked in Federal information technology communications, representing clients such as the Army’s G-6, Brocade Communications Systems, CDW, General Dynamics Information Technology, and iSight Partners (the cybersecurity firm that investigated the Target data breach, since acquired by FireEye). Reitz graduated with distinction from The Pennsylvania State University, and lives with her family in Dallas, Pennsylvania.


CornellCookson CornellCookson, a division of Clopay Corporation, is a leading rolling door and grille manufacturer with facilities in Goodyear, Arizona and Mountain Top, Pennsylvania. CornellCookson products are available through a worldwide network of more than 700 professional dealers. For more information, please visit www.cornellcookson.com.


Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in April 2020