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Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - October Informal Learning Subcommittee Case Study Call

  • 1.  Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center - October Informal Learning Subcommittee Case Study Call

    Posted 5 days ago

    Please join the CAE Informal Learning Subcommittee for our next case study call featuring the University of Minnesota Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center led by Eric Amel, AIA of MSR Design.  The call is scheduled for October 22, 11am PST/2pm EST, web meeting information can be found below.

    Winner of an AIA COTE Top Ten Award and an AIA Minnesota Honor Award, the Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center provides interactive learning opportunities about the lives of bees and other pollinators, their agricultural and ecological importance, the essential ways human lives intersect with theirs, and the alarming decline in the health of pollinator populations. Located on a previously abandoned historic farm site within the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum, the bee center is the first building on a new campus focused on sustainable farm-to-table education. The design connects each interior program space to demonstration pollinator gardens, beehives, and future food production plots outdoors.  

    The design team combined passive design strategies with a robust envelope, radiant systems, a geothermal field, and photovoltaics to deliver thermal comfort and energy performance in a challenging Minnesota climate. The project is designed to be net-zero with the future expansion of the roof-mounted, 1-kW photovoltaic array. One hundred percent of the stormwater is managed on site, and on-site wetlands supply irrigation for the demonstration gardens' native plantings. The design team collaborated on a year of post-occupancy research and analyzed real-world performance through three interrelated lenses: people, space, and systems. The bee center fully embodies its program's urgent call for conversation and invitation to visitors to deepen their understanding of, and connection to, the natural world around them.


    Eric Amel, AIAA registered architect and associate with MSR, Eric thrives on design projects that require careful analysis, creative thinking, and exquisite execution. With more than 25 years of professional experience, Eric consistently practices the full range of design skills and is invigorated by architecture's capacity to affect the built environment, from whole cities to the smallest detail. Eric has earned numerous honors and awards, including an AIA COTE Top Ten Award for the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum Tashjian Bee and Pollinator Discovery Center. In 2005, he received the prestigious Ralph Rapson Traveling Study Fellowship. Eric is also an adjunct assistant professor at the University of Minnesota School of Architecture, and he holds a Master of Architecture from the University of Minnesota and a Bachelor of Science in Natural Sciences and Mathematics from Saint John's University.

    CAE Informal Learning Subcommittee 
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