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The U of M will begin construction later this year on a new, 10,500-square-foot lab facility which will house bee research, led by world-renowned bee expert Marla Spivak. The existing lab is outdated and in poor condition; the new lab will include space for training new scientists as well as conducting ongoing research.
In addition to research and teaching space, the new facility will include beekeeping and commercial honey extracting equipment, as well as office and storage space. Outside the building, there will be a bee apiary, demonstration pollinator gardens and cold storage.
The groundbreaking celebration for the new University of Minnesota Bee and Pollinator Research Lab took place on August 3rd. Funding for the $6 million research lab was approved in the 2014 legislative session and the U of M Board of Regents approved its design in May. Construction is scheduled to begin later this summer and will be completed in June 2016.