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What's the Buzz - Tashjian Bee Center Case Study & Urban Rooftop Hive Tour

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Starts On - July 10, 2018 - 3:30pm
Ends On - July 10, 2018 - 5:30pm
501 South 8th Street
Minneapolis , MN 55404

What's the Buzz - Tashjian Bee Discovery Center Post Occupancy Case Study & Urban Rooftop Hive Tour (+ Join us for Beers at Finnegans)

Join us on July 10th for an educational program featuring a post occupancy case study of the Tashjian Bee Discovery Center, a tour of Kraus Anderson's urban rooftop bee hives! After the program and tour, walk over to Finnegans for happy hour to network with your peers.

The University of Minnesota’s Tashjian Bee Discovery Center is a 6,700 square foot learning center at the University of Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. The building was designed by MSR Design and MEP Associates and was opened to the public in September of 2016.

The design intent blends passive and active sustainable design strategies to create a high performing and experientially rich building. The building’s orientation, section, and placement of openings are shaped by access to solar energy, daylight, and site relationships. The building’s mechanical systems include a geothermal system, radiant slab, and a dedicated outdoor air system.

Daylight and electric light is integrated to achieve a highly efficient system that focuses on the wellness of the end user – it is tailored to help foster healthy circadian rhythms for the building’s visitors and facilitate learning in the educational environment. The building uses a variety of energy savings strategies to lower its predicted energy use. The roof-mounted PV array is designed to be expanded in the future to bring its overall energy consumption as close to net zero as possible.

MEP Associates has been executing a post occupancy study by collecting data and performing energy analysis on these building systems since May of 2017. The goal is to compare and break down its predicted energy use to its actual now that the building is being regularly used. The predicted energy consumption comes from Trane Trace modeling and the actual data comes from sensors implemented in the system. With this data, analysis and research was done to seek ways in which the building system could be improved to reduce energy consumption.


3:30 - 4:30 - Educational Program

4:30 - 5:00 - Tour Kraus Anderson's Urban Rooftop Bee Hives

5:00 - 6:00 - Enjoy Beers with Friends at Finnegans

Continuing education — This program qualifies for 1.5 GBCI CE and 1.5 AIA LU/HSW CE.

Presenters — TBD

Tickets — $10 USGBC Members | $20 Non-members

Not a member? Join USGBC Minnesota!