Kraus-Anderson Construction Company has completed construction on a new $4.8 million bee research facility at the University of Minnesota.
Located at 1634 Gortner Avenue on the university’s St. Paul campus, the UMN Bee Research Laboratory will facilitate groundbreaking work on bee health and biodiversity.
Designed by Minneapolis-based Alliiance, the 10,875-square foot academic research laboratory consolidates lab space, honey extraction, observation hive space, offices and equipment space.
The state-of-the-art UMN Bee Research Laboratory also centralizes and facilitates the important bee research projects currently underway at the university. The facility expands and enhances the group’s internationally recognized research and teaching program and provides opportunities for enhanced interdisciplinary and international collaborations.
“At the University of Minnesota, we’re discovering solutions every day to protect bees, which, in turn, will help to protect our food supply and human health,” said Professor Marla Spivak, entomologist and honey bee expert at the University of Minnesota. “Together, we can protect American agriculture and the food we eat every day by helping the honey bee get back on its own six feet.”
The B3 project is aiming for Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030, achieving energy performance that maintains a 60 percent reduction in energy use from other buildings of its type.