Space Fees

Sunflowers in greenhouseIn an effort to recuperate costs for operation of the greenhouse facility in an equitable manner, space fees were implemented for all users beginning July 1, 2003. The fees are based on the amount of space, measured in square feet, occupied by the project plus the cost of materials supplied by the facility for the project. Space fees are charged by the week with billing calculated by the academic term. Users should consult the Space Fees FAQ below for additional information.


Academic Term Dates for Billing Cycles

Spring Term 2017:                 January 9, 2017 - May 9, 2017
Summer Term 2017:              May 10, 2017 - August 22, 2017
Autumn Term 2017:               August 21, 2017 - January 6, 2018
Spring Term 2018:                 January 7, 2018 - May 8, 2018
Summer Term 2018:              May 9, 2018 - August 19, 2018
Autumn Term 2018:                 August 20, 2018 - January 6, 2019

Fee Structure


Space Fee: $0.10/sq.ft./week
Amenity Fee: $0.05/sq.ft./week for additional amenities such as supplemental lighting, mist propagation, automated shade
Materials Fee: at cost, See listing in Trellis.
Custom Services: at cost

Growth Chamber

Space Fee: No charge
Materials & Services Fee: $10.59/flat

Space Fees FAQ

Q. How do Users request space in the greenhouse?
A. To request growth space, submit a reservation through the Trellis application at least 2 weeks prior to the anticipated project start date.  All Users must undergo Worker Protection Standard Training (WPS) as required by the U.S. EPA, in order for their Trellis account to be activated. Annual training is mandatory.
Q. How is growth space allocated?
A. Greenhouse space is allocated on a first come first serve basis via reservation in the Trellis application. Growth chamber space is only available to members of the Molecular Genetics Department who maintains the growth chambers.

Q. How are fees assessed?
A. Greenhouse charges for research are based on the number of square feet/week actually occupied by the project, not on space requested since this can vary widely. Equipment and supplies stored in the greenhouse will be included in space assessments and charged at the prevailing rate. Space fees are comprised of a base fee plus additional fees for certain amenities such as supplemental lighting. Material fees are custom to each project and calculated based on actual cost of materials used during the course of the project. Users may provide their own materials however, due the space limitations, storage of user-owned materials cannot be guaranteed accomodation within the greenhouse facility. Certain services beyond the scope of typical services provided may incur a labor fee. 

Growth chamber charges are calculated per flat and cover the cost of materials, pest control, sanitation and project consultation.

N.B. 10'X12' greenhouse rooms will not be divided among users due to their small size. The occupant of a small room will be charged for the entire room, which is 120 sq. ft.

Q. When will Users be charged?
A. An invoice for space, materials and special services used during an academic term will be sent to the PI within 3 weeks after the end of the term. The user will need to submit payment via eRequest by the due date on the invoice. Late fees may apply to outstanding invoices.

Q. What materials and services are covered by the fees?
A. Greenhouse space fees include:
            benching, pest control, liquid fertilizer (20-10-20), sanitation, equipment maintenance (lights, fans, etc), weekend and holiday watering, project consultation, environmental
    Amenity fees include:
            supplemental lighting, specialized benching, automated irrigation, mist propagation, custom fertilization, automated shading.
    Materials fees include:
            pots, trays, media (standard mix is Fafard #2), labels. 
    Custom Services include:
            labor/materials for building custom systems, LOA watering, repotting/staking services, project disposal.

Growth chamber fees include:
           pots, trays, Redi-Earth with Osmocote 14-14-14 and Marathon incorporated, labels, pest control, chamber cleaning between cycles, project consultation.

Daily plant care (Monday-Friday) is not included as it is the responsibility of the researcher to be active in their project's welfare. Specialized media and materials required for a project not in standard facility stock are the user's responsibility.

Q. What do Users need to provide?
A. Researchers and instructors are to provide the organisms (plants, seeds, insects) required for their project. Users may also provide their own pots, media, and labels if they wish. Users are required to provide any materials which are inherent to the project. For example: chemicals, pollination bags, sleeves, cages, monitoring equipment and so forth.

Q. What if a project needs more time or space?
A. If a project cannot be completed in the originally requested period or requires more space than originally anticipated, users should notify the Greenhouse Coordinator in writing. The Greenhouse Coordinator will review space requests to make sure that extending the length and/or size of your project is feasible. If so, then an extension of the space allocations will be granted.

Q. Are fees prorated?
A. No. Space is charged by the week. Users occupying space for less than the entire week are financially responsible for the entire week. If the assigned space is not occupied within two weeks of the project start date, it is subject to re-assignment. If the user wishes to hold the space, fees will accumulate even if vacant. Users will be charged actual cost of materials purchased by the greenhouse specifically for a project regardless of whether or not the project occurs.

Q. Why are there fees for greenhouse space?
A. The Greenhouse Committee was delegated the responsibility of finding an equitable way of recovering costs from its users. After several years of insufficient budgeting, the greenhouse was falling into a state of disrepair as maintenance was continually deferred. Since users span several departments inside and outside of the college, the committee put together a comprehensive business plan recommending user fees be implemented to cover a budget which will keep the facility operating at a research quality level.