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2013 AZ Awards: A+ Award Winner for Best Student Work

2013 Architizer A+ Awards Jury Winner: Student Design/Build Project

Elevator B was selected by the jury as the winner in the Student Design/Build category for the 2013 Architizer A+ Awards!

Visit the Architizer site to view the winners in the other categories.

2012 Buffalo Architecture Foundation Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence 

Buffalo Architecture Foundation (BAF) is pleased to announce Hive City team members Courtney Creenan, Kyle Mastalinski, Daniel Nead, Scott Selin and Lisa Stern as the recipients of the Pro Bono Publico Award in Design Excellence for the Elevator B project. This award recognizes exemplary pro bono services, rendered in the public interest without fee or with a significant reduction in fees, provided to not-for-profit clients.

When Silo City owner Rick Smith sought a new habitat for a thriving honeybee colony in the window of an abandoned office building that he planned to renovate, the University at Buffalo (UB) School of Architecture and Planning Ecological Practices Graduate Research Group coordinated the Hive City Bee Habitat Design Competition and unanimously selected the iconic design submitted by the Hive City team.

While pursuing Master of Architecture degrees this Spring, the five students documented and constructed Elevator B. Rigidized Metals worked with the team to develop shop drawings and fabricated the stainless steel panels that clad the tower. The 22 foot-tall Elevator B is a beacon to Silo City, visible from Ohio Street and Route 5. Visitors can view the honeybees in all life cycle stages through a “bee cab”, a cypress hexagonal box with a laminated glass bottom that can be raised and lowered within the protective tower.

“The excitement of seeing the project realized was palpable,” observed Professor and Dean Robert G. Shibley. Elevator B attracts visitors of all ages for educational and cultural opportunities ranging from lessons in ecosystems to photographic studies. Tifft Nature Preserve hosts field trips to the tower that will expand into a program examining threats to honeybee populations and Colony Collapse Disorder.

The Hive City team remains proactive “bee advocates” leading tours of Elevator B. UB Assistant Professor Joyce Hwang noted that “on top of their already heavy course loads, they took on this project with great enthusiasm and with a degree of thoroughness that truly ‘wowed’…They exhibited an incredible sense of accountability at every stage of the process.”

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