Building projects progress on St. Paul campus

Bell Museum and PlanetariumConstruction began this fall on a new, 10,500-square-foot Bee and Pollinator Research Center on campus that 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 The existing lab is outdated and in poor condition; the new lab will include space for training new scientists as well as conducting ongoing research.

Construction on the $6 million center is expected to be completed in June. 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 an apiary, demonstration pollinator gardens and cold storage.

This April, ground will be broken and construction will begin on the new Bell Museum and Planetarium. While some design details are being finalized, the $64 million, 90,000-square-foot building will include a digital planetarium, classrooms and exhibit space. It will be located at the southwest corner of Larpenteur and Cleveland avenues and is expected to open in early 2018.