UB Architecture Students Earned Their International Recognition


A 22-foot-tall, honeycomb-style tower housing bees on Buffalo’s waterfront, also known as Elevator B, brought a team of University at Buffalo architecture students to earn their international recognition.

The design was named the Jury Award winner in the Student/Design/Build Project category of the highly regarded Architizer A+ Awards which beats out competitors from around the world. This surely created a buzz!

The bees live in a wooden elevator that keeps them safe from the elements while beekeepers can lower the elevator to gain access to the colony and visitors can observe the animals up close through the laminated glass bottom. It was designed to relocate bees from their home in a vacant building in order undergo renovation and was erected in Silo City, the site of a cluster of grain elevators.

The dean of UB’s School of Architecture and Planning, Robert Shibley, expressed his thoughts about the achievement of their students saying “This is an inspiring achievement for our school and a clear reflection of the talent and passion our students bring to their work,” and he added “Elevator B also demonstrates how our use of Buffalo as a design laboratory generates globally relevant design research and built works.”

Initially, this project won a student competition that is organized by UB as well as sponsored by Rigidized Metals Corporation.

[Buffalo Business First]

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