Construction Today - Volume 16, Issue 2 - 96
Commercial | DOMINION BUILDERS
DOMINION APPLIES ITS EXPERIENCE TO THE CANNABIS CULTIVATION MARKET. BY TIM O'CONNOR
* Headquarters: Coral Gables, Fla.
* Employees: 12
* Specia y: Design/build projects
"We all have clear lines of
responsibility but we help each
- Mark Gemignani, CEO and president
ith more states legalizing
medical and recreational
use - including California
at the start of 2018 - cannabis is poised to become a boom niche of
the economy. A report from New Frontier
Data predicts the cannabis industry could
generate as much as $131.8 billion in tax
revenue alone and create 1.1 million jobs
by 2025 if the drug were made available in
all 50 states.
That's a lot of potential demand for pot.
Manufacturers are turning to construction
firms such as Dominion Builders to erect
specialized facilities that can maximize
their growing capacity. "It's difficult to find
organizations that understand the design
and construction of these complicated
facilities," Dominion CEO and President
Mark Gemignani says. "The process varies
significantly from the standard design and
Dominion applied its experience from
building a year-round produce-growing
facilities in the Northeast United States to
the marijuana industry and developed a
design and construction process that works
extremely well for cannabis cultivation. The
company currently has one project under
construction and is designing four others.
The facilities range in size from 35,000 to
100,000 square feet and include extensive
mechanical, electrical, plumbing, climate and
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Builders has taken on
a diverse range of projects, often
using a design/build process.
crop control systems, all of which are coordinated by Dominion's team of professionals.
By providing a full suite of services, Dominion functions as an effective one-stop
shop for companies looking to get into or
expand their cultivation operations. That
capability has made Dominion aggressive
about pursuing marijuana production
projects. "We've been building for the
agricultural market for years so it was a
natural transition to move into the cannabis
industry," Gemignani says. "We're already
actively completing projects."
Gemignani started in the construction
industry in 1976 and eventually became a
partner at a firm with offices in Washington,
D.C., and Miami. In 2005, that firm closed its
operations and Gemignani moved to south
Florida to form a real estate development
company with a partner.
The idea was to build low-income housing, but due to the inflated cost of land and
construction services at the time, the company was not able to get it off the ground.
Gemignani ended up partnering with a
Spanish firm to develop a 34-story luxury
high-rise in Manhattan, eventually leading
to the creation of Dominion in 2008.
It was a difficult year for the construction
industry and an even harder one for new
businesses. But as a one-man operation,
Gemignani saw it as an opportunity. "We
operated with virtually no overhead as a
new firm in a time when there was no business to be had in an idle industry," he says.
Dominion spent its first few years getting
established and validated by multiple government agencies. As a person of partial Native American descent, Gemignani had the
company certified as a minority business
and designated as an 8(a) entity with the
federal government, opening the door for
government contracts. In 2009, Dominion
took on its first major government project,
renovating the Miami-Dade Zoological
Park and Gardens' monorail and making
Since then, Dominion has taken on a
diverse range of projects, including corporate office buildings, agriculture growing
operations, banks, healthcare facilities,
restaurants, schools, brick-and-mortar retail