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Why RBI Research Greenhouse?

With eighty-two years of experience in “building the greatest places for plants”, Rough Brothers has a rather extensive and diverse resume. Rough has especially managed to distinguish itself in the educational and research greenhouse market. Research companies and universities alike often partner with Rough to build a new modern research greenhouse or even to maintain […]

RBI Maximizes Vegetable Growth with Hydroponic Production Systems

Gotham Greens Farm LLC and Leafy Green LLC recently contracted the services of Rough Brothers Greenhouse to design, supply, and commission their hydroponic systems for their newly constructed greenhouses. With a desire to maximize the growth of their hydroponic vegetables in a cost effective way, RBI has designed two dramatically different hydroponic growing solutions for […]

Rough Brothers’ Above Grade Algae Greenhouse

Rough Commercial Greenhouse

The Commercial Greenhouse Division at Rough Brothers Inc. (RBI) has integrated an above ground lagoon into their Algae Greenhouse design. The above ground design was created as an alternative to forming and pouring permanent concrete pond walls or excavating into questionable soil conditions necessary for below ground ponds. The Rough Brothers greenhouse and lagoon can […]

Leafy Greens – Waterloo, Nebraska

Leafy Greens is a partnership that recently purchased a greenhouse facility from RBI in Waterloo, Nebraska. This greenhouse was designed for the hydroponic production of green onions, but is outfitted to grow a multitude of different crops. This 8,316 sqft poly arch house has roof vents that swing open on the windward and leeward sides […]

PH & Nutrient Availability

The solution that a root zone of a plant is exposed to will have a corresponding Ph value. In chemistry, this Ph value corresponds to the amount of Hydrogen ions, [H+] present in the solution. A solution with a low concentration of hydrogen ions will have a high Ph. Solutions with a high concentration of […]

Green City Growers – Cleveland, OH

Deep Water culture This was my first greenhouse construction project I was assigned at Rough Brothers. This combination of A-Frame head house and Poly Arch production range took up a four acre footprint. It employed a vast hydroponic field sectioned into 13 lagoons. The hydroponic method employed at this location is referred to as Deep […]

Plant Lighting Explained

The 150w high pressure sodium (HPS) fixture illuminating the tree below keeps it healthy and growing. These HPS lights are used throughout the commercial horticulture industry because of their efficiency in regards to how many lumens are emitted per watt of input. This is explained in the diagram below which you may find on the […]