University of Minnesota Bee Research Laboratory

NV5 provided full mechanical, electrical, and plumbing (MEP) engineering and life-safety design services for new construction of the University of Minnesota’s Bee Research Laboratory facility. This work included multiple sustainable strategies to help minimize the energy footprint in compliance with the State of Minnesota’s “Buildings, Benchmarks & Beyond” (“B3”) Guidelines. Some of these strategies included utilizing LED light sources inside and out, vacancy or occupancy sensors, vacancy controls, Variable Air Volume (VAV) controls, daylighting controls, energy recovery systems, and water saving fixtures.

The new facility’s sole purpose is studying environmental and anthropological impacts on the bee population. This predominantly standalone facility is located on the University of Minnesota’s St. Paul campus. However, some of its utilities are supported from the existing campus infrastructure and adjacent buildings.

The 10,500 GSF laboratory includes research, office, and support spaces able to support field and biological science research as well as beekeeping and experimental equipment. The area surrounding the facility includes a work yard, beekeeping apiary, demonstration pollinator gardens, and a cold storage building.


Minneapolis, MN


University of Minnesota


Key Facts

  • 10,500 GSF
  • Cost $6M