Mintropy’s Q1’21 Summary

March 23, 2021

It was an exciting start to the year at Mintropy, here’s a sampling of what we’ve been up to:


Tradeline Webinar on How Understanding VPD Helps Optimize HVAC Systems for Indoor Cultivation Facilities

Mintropy partnered with Tradeline in developing an online webinar presentation demonstrating how proper understanding of VPD can lead to designing more energy efficient HVAC systems for indoor cannabis cultivation facilities. We are excited to contribute our knowledge to this space, in highlighting the value our innovative MEP engineers can provide in reducing both up-front costs and ongoing operational expenses. This presentation, titled ‘Cultivation, HVAC, and Vapor Pressure Deficit: Best practices for creating the optimal grow environment’, can be viewed here:

Tradeline Cannabis Webcast Series


Botanical Sciences Indoor Cultivation Facility (Georgia)

Mintropy completed MEP Design services and submitted permit drawings for this cutting-edge 15,000 sf indoor cannabis cultivation facility, with design plans to support a 100,000 sf expansion, in Georgia earlier this year. You can read more about this project from a previous blog entry here.


Fortunato Restaurant (North Aurora)

This 16,000 sf custom restaurant design centers around a high temperature wood burning pizza oven that can prepare Italian-style pizzas in less than 3 minutes. The heart of the pizza oven connects to a double wall stainless steel exhaust stack with makeup air provisions.  The HVAC systems are equipped with air-side economizers, power exhaust, and high efficiency features designed to support this entirely custom-designed performance kitchen. In addition, the restaurant will host an array of visually appealing lighting features, including large bubble walls, unique LED lighting arrays, and an off track betting area. To top it off, the restaurant will also boast huge outdoor LED signage, measuring 71’ wide by 11’ high.  This was a fun project to work on and we’re excited for this to open later in the year, just as we can all comfortably return to restaurants.

Social Security Administration Offices (Ravenswood)

On this project, Mintropy provided MEP engineering design services to renovate the commercial office space for the Social Security Administration building on Chicago’s North side. New HVAC and lighting systems were designed throughout the facility. The low voltage systems and data wiring were also crucial for supporting additional workstations throughout the facility, enabling an increase of  50 additional employees over the previous design. Planning, Coordination, and Value Engineering services were employed in reusing most of the existing HVAC systems to support the newly renovated space to meet the client needs while keeping costs to a minimum.

La Michoacana (Chicago)

This Chicagoland institution accommodates retail and restaurant space customized for ice cream preparation and quick customer turnover, additionally the facility includes a second floor that consist of office and kitchen space. This retail/restaurant was designed with custom plumbing, high-efficiency HVAC, and high-efficiency retail display lighting. The design also included economizer and power exhaust capabilities.

Humboldt Park Multi-Family

Mintropy provided the Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineering Designs for this 15,000 sf 15 unit multi-family renovation in collaboration with a long-time client. This involved on-site inspections to document existing conditions to leverage existing ductwork when possible to reduce costs, while upgrading to high-efficiency HVAC systems.

About the Author: Jason Magnuson

MEP professional with years of experience in research and writing in the MEP industry.