University of Minnesota – Tashjian Bee Discovery and Pollinator Center

Overall Project Size: 
6,700 Square Feet (6 Acres of site improvements)

Client: 
University of Minnesota

Architect: 
MSR

Loeffler Role: 
Construction Manager At Risk

Project Spec Sheet: 
UMN Bee Discovery Center (2,098 KB)

The University of Minnesota is leading the way in studying the ecological and agricultural importance of bees in the environment. The goal of this project is to create a public education facility that provides informal and formal year-round learning opportunities about the lives of bees. The Tashjian Bee Pollination Center will also aid the research efforts of the College of Food Agriculture and Natural Resource Sciences. 

The building contains a few notable spaces including a central exhibit area, teaching and flexible gathering areas, a honey house for extraction and a pollinator garden with outdoor exhibition areas. The new building will meet National B3 Sustainability Standards as well as State of Minnesota Sustainable Building 2030 requirements.