How to choose a contractor to build your compounding lab? Experience, experience, experience.

Are you planning on renovating your pharmacy to include a compounding lab?  Picking the right contractor is one of the most important steps.

I have had many opportunities to meet with pharmacy owners who are contemplating building a compounding lab.  It is so important to pick a contractor who has experience in building compounding labs that are compliant with the provincial and federal standards.  I have also met with a number of pharmacy owners who have chosen a contractor, finished the renovation, and found their facility non-compliant with the provincial standards and guidance.  These compounding labs are very complex – they aren’t straightforward home renovations.  There are so many details to consider – plumbing, electrical, HVAC, pressure differentials, temperature, suitable floor/wall/ceiling/counter surfaces to name only a few.  If your contractor does not have experience building compounding labs, it is so easy to miss some of these important details

I cannot stress enough how important it is to have it done right the first time.

I have had nothing but positive experiences with Porscon Construction and my Alberta pharmacies.  Porscon Construction is a full service Commercial General Contractor, local to Edmonton since 1984.  They have experience building and renovating pharmacies both in Edmonton and all over Alberta.  They are familiar with the provincial and federal standards so you will be speaking the same language.  Darcy, Porscon’s project manager, is fair, easy to work with, and collaborative.

Here is what some of your colleagues have to say about their experiences with Porscon Construction:

“It was so easy having Darcy manage the project and take all the stress from myself for worrying about current standards and specifications. Clearly Darcy has a great working knowledge of NAPRA pharmacy compounding standards in Canada when it comes to the lab design and construction.”

“The quality standard set forth by Darcy was impeccable and the final product achieved at the end of our project was beyond my own expectations. I would recommend Darcy and Porscon Construction to anyone who is looking for an experienced, diversified contractor with exceptional quality.”

“Darcy demonstrated a significant knowledge and understanding of the requirements of pharmacies under the new Standards for compounding. In fact, Darcy caught two things that the Alberta College of Pharmacy (ACP) had missed in their initial assessment of our project. Darcy’s understanding of what was required for this renovation allowed us to be confident the end product would achieve our objective of meeting or exceeding all applicable standards.”

“Throughout the renovation Darcy and his team demonstrated professionalism, attention to detail and effective communication. We were very satisfied with the final product and would recommend Darcy and his team to future pharmacies. It should also be noted that much of this renovation had to take place during the difficult and stressful time of the COVID-19 pandemic. Again, Darcy and his team maintained their professionalism despite these added challenges.”

Choose right the first time and you will save yourself grief, frustration, time, and money.

You can reach Porscon Construction at 780-438-4651 or visit their website at