Stainless steel hive tower built in Buffalo, New York

Elevator B, a 22-foot stainless steel tower built by University of Buffalo students for a survivor bee colony.

Elevator B, a 22-foot stainless steel tower built by University of Buffalo students for a survivor bee colony.

A Langstroth hive it is not. An indulgence by a group of over-active, over-achieving architecture students, well, that’s more likely.
I’m talking about a new “Elevator B” tower of polished stainless steel that students from the University of Buffalo have built for a survivor hive in an industrial part of the city.
Here’s a CBC story on the tall hexagonal tower. At least they tried to add some much-needed context about the state of beekeeping in the U.S. and Canada and the ongoing concern over neonicotinoid pesticides. . Wired Mag in the UK also has this take on it with a neat gallery of photos.
Now, has anybody thought about what happens when the bees abscond, swarm or just plain die?

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