Project/Commercial propagation greenhouse deconstruction

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Project ID: 161

Project steward

Jan Steinman

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Our successful greenhouse operation needs to expand.


An opportunity has been presented to us to salvage two each 22'x70' glass and aluminum greenhouses from a site on the University of Victoria campus. Although this is an ambitious project, we could not pass it up.


  • 2016-08-01 project begun.

Goal or deliverable

A 22' x 150' aluminum and glass greenhouse, set up for producing transplant propagation starts.

Timeline, schedule, or end date

time-related aspects of the project, which may include intermediate deadlines, dependencies, etc

  • 2016-06-24: initial request for proposal from UVic DONE!
  • 2016-06-30: 1st site visit DONE!
  • 2016-07-04: negotiations DONE!
  • 2016-07-28: 2nd site visit DONE!
  • 2016-07-29: UVic agreement signed, pending board approval DONE!
  • 2016-07-29: labour recruiting DONE!
  • 2016-07-29: insurance, fencing, proposal DONE!
  • 2016-08-01: de-construction begins DONE!
  • 2016-08-31: de-construction ends DONE!

See also "Project/Commercial propagation greenhouse reconstruction"

  • 2016-09-01: site layout and preparation
  • 2016-11-01: begin assembling framework
  • 2016-12-01: begin installing glass
  • 2017-01-01: begin installing and repairing infrastructure
  • 2017-02-12: begin planting


  1. Preparation
    1. Research and negotiations
    2. Sign agreement
    3. Fill insurance requirements of removal contract
    4. Seek help from UVic co-op program for labour
    5. Contract fencing
    6. Locate a metal recycler for iron heating plumbing
  2. De-construction
    1. Remove, pack, and haul glass
      1. Make boxes for transport
      2. Procure interleaf craft paper for transport
    2. De-construct infrastructure and transport
    3. De-construct frame and transport
    4. Haul iron plumbing to recycling centre
  3. Re-construction has its own project page now
    1. Prep site
      1. Make foundation as needed
      2. Survey and clean structural components
      3. Source replacement components
      4. Source electrical and irrigation plumbing
    2. Re-construct frame
    3. Clean and re-install glass, replacing broken panes
  4. Rehabilitation
    1. Connect electrical and plumbing
    2. Debug and repair control systems

Glass hauling considerations

We will need to haul about four tonnes of glass, amassing 166 lineal inches of thickness:

. Sides/Vent Top Ends
W” 24 24 20
H” 20 26 20
T” 0.125 0.125 0.125
sq ft 3.33 4.33 2.78
cu in 0.42 0.54 0.35
weight 4.57 6.72 4.00
weight/inch 36.53 53.73 32.00
weight/foot 438.40 644.80 384.00
count 420 700 204
total sq ft 1,399 3,031 567
lin inches 4.38 7.29 2.13 13.79
total weight 1,918.00 4,701.67 816.00 7,435.67
lbs/sqft 1.37 1.55 1.44 1.45
106% 94% 101%

Financial budget

how much money will be needed, possibly high-low bracketed and detailed, or a complete guess (try to indicate how firm a guess it is!)

Cash outlay


$700 for the basic greenhouse.
$200 for barricade fencing
$2,000 for paid labour
$680 ferry
$850 transportation
$570 tools, supplies, worker amenities
$5,000 total budget

To be funded via member loans.


$1,000 site preparation
$1,500 materials
$400 transportation
$400 for plumbing and electrical connections
$800 permits and administration
$900 rehabilitation and initial repair
$5,000 total budget

To be funded via member loans.

Labor budget

how many people are needed for how long, including specific people or specific skill-sets

  • 20 hours planning and negotiation
  • 200 hours de-construction
  • 20 hours site design
  • 120 hours site prep
  • 200 hours re-construction
  • 120 hours rehabilitation and initial systems maintenance

Cash Outlay

Due to pending litigation, EcoReality Co-op statistics are not available at this time.

Labour, by person

Due to pending litigation, EcoReality Co-op statistics are not available at this time.

Labour, by activity

Due to pending litigation, EcoReality Co-op statistics are not available at this time.

Vehicle Use

"Vehicles" with no odometer, such as tractors or stationary equipment, are in tenths of an hour, rather than kilometres.

Due to pending litigation, EcoReality Co-op statistics are not available at this time.


Due to pending litigation, EcoReality Co-op statistics are not available at this time.

Final accounting, deconstruction

Item Budget Actual Over/Under Note
Initial payment $700 $735 +5% PST
Barricade fencing $200 $0
Transportation $850 $690.36 -18.8%
Ferry $680 $578.05 -15.0%
Paid labour $2,000 $2,816.25 +40.8%
Tools & supplies $570 $1,207.89 +112% had to replace angle grinder and impact driver
Salvage -$212
Cash Outlay $5,000.00 $5,815.55 +16.3% .

Final accounting, reconstruction

Item Budget Actual Over/Under Note
Site preparation $1,000
Materials $1,500
Transportation $400
Plumbing and electrical $400
Permits and administration $800
Troubleshooting and rehabilitation $900
Cash Outlay $5,000.00

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