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Author: Christopher Grant
Title: Building For Bees
Category: Zero-carbon & resiliency
Description: A third of all food we eat is derived from pollinators, and educating the public is key to protecting this cycle. The Honeybee Discovery Center, a nonprofit dedicated to advancing the public’s understanding of honeybees and their relationship to the environment, envisions an exciting and informative place to engage people about this rich and urgent topic. Located in the heart of Orland, California—the Queen Bee Capital of North America—its new home will be an urgently needed social hub that complements the local agricultural context. Inspired by the ingenuity of both bees and regional farm buildings, the structure is designed not only to house the center but also to embody its principles. The project is set to achieve net-zero energy, net-zero water, LEED Platinum, and full Living Building Challenge certification, becoming not only a model of sustainability for the region but also one of the highest-performing buildings in the world. Appearances Carolina Burreson Owner - Burreson Farms/Moore Creek Apiaries Vice President, Board of Directors - Honeybee Discovery Center Elina L. Niño, Ph.D. Associate Specialist in Cooperative Extension (UCANR) - Apiculture Director, California Master Beekeeper Program Department of Entomology and Nematology University of California, Davis Lance Hosey FAIA, LEED Fellow Chief Impact Officer HMC Architects