The HBRC, currently located in Townsend House on Stone Road E., will be relocated to the site adjacent to the GCUOF on College Avenue East. The two separate centres will occupy the one-hectare site bordered by the Arboretum.
“Integrating the pollination services of our Honey Bee Research Centre with our organic farm makes a ton of sense and will be a win-win for both groups,” says Rene Van Acker, dean of the Ontario Agricultural College.
“We will be creating a new, iconic facility focused on bee health education, research, advocacy and outreach, and integrating its footprint within the Arborteum next to the organic farm.”
The fundraising for and relocation of the HBRC was approved by the Physical Resources and Property Committee of the Board of Governors on Nov. 29, 2018. An international design competition will be launched in January 2019 to design the new facility.
The new HBRC will include a large ~100 hive apiary, public indoor and outdoor areas with interactive education spaces, classroom and event space, a café or restaurant, a gift and book shop, office space, gardens and parking.
Fundraising is underway for the $10 million project.
“We want the facility to become a destination for people,” shares Van Acker. “Anyone interested in honey bee health and management will be able to come and explore their interests in a facility that is a place of excellence in both design and function.”
The new HBRC is set to open in later summer 2021. More information on the relocation is available here, including an FAQ.
For more information on the relocation project, contact:
Prof. John Cranfield
OAC Associate Dean – External Relations
519-824-4120, Ext. 53708