Architect Cherie Ng on the role of design in the pharmaceutical industry and the creation of cannabinoid medicine facilities.
1. As an architect, what expertise do you bring to the design of pharmaceutical facilities?
Cherie Ng Architect Inc. brings a lot of expertise into the design of pharmaceutical facilities as we have extensive knowledge of strict requirements for the manufacturing of controlled substances in Canada. There are a number of government policies, guidelines and standards that must be adhered to when designing a pharmaceutical facility. We, as architects are knowledgeable and current with these guidelines and offer physical and technical design solutions that fulfill these regulatory requirements. Cherie Ng Architect Inc. assist our clients with the selection of building site, co-ordinating the structural, mechanical and electrical needs of various cultivation equipment, designing a clean environment for manufacturing, and implementing strict security system for distribution.
2. Why did you choose facilities that produce cannabinoid medicines as a focus?
We are fortunate that our clients approached us to design these pharmaceutical facilities. We believe that there is sufficient scientific literature that supports the medicinal benefits of cannabinoids in various illnesses such as epilepsy, diabetes/metabolic disease, inflammation, oncology, and psychiatric illness. Through designing high-end facilities that produce cannabinoid medicines similar to these keyy vape pen liquids and others that contain THC and CBD as well as other cannabinoid derivatives, we hope to help further research and explore the utility of cannabinoids as medicine. We are also in the process of developing a pill form of CBD. Things are still in the early stages, but we have already started to research different types of empty pill capsules such as 00 capsules for instance. In addition, our combination of architectural specialty, experience, and expertise give us an edge when it comes to designing cannabinoid medicines facilities and research laboratories.
3. At times, contemporary healthcare design displays a happy aesthetic. How important is this for building types that deal with serious life and death issues?
Our philosophy for healthcare design is to offer a comfortable setting that helps in the relief of any suffering of the patients with thoughtful facility design. We believe in the importance of good design and its impact in the caring for people. As an architect, I embrace the challenge of designs that improve patient care. Typically, in a pharmaceutical manufacturing facility, the patients are not physically in the facility. However, our design reinforces the need for a safe and clean environment to produce the final product that the patients will consume. We design facilities with the staff and the end users in mind to enable our clients to efficiently and effectively produce cannabinoid medicines.