The hard work of a partnership between PROSOCO, Clark | Huesemann architects and the Kansas Biological Survey has paid off in a buzzworthy way. (I apologize for the bee puns; it’s hard to resist.)
Last year, a group of PROSOCO staff and their little ones (plus employees and volunteers from Kansas University and Clark | Huesemann) gathered to form the beginning of a bee hotel — a place for the ever-important wild, pollinating bees in our area to nest and live.
They rolled up pieces of paper, drilled holes in cylinders of wood, cut bamboo and fashioned other materials to build the different “rooms” in the hotel, which was designed by architects at Clark | Huesemann.
This month, the same group (more or less) got together to celebrate the installment and dedication of the hotel at the KU Field Station’s Rockefeller Prairie Trail.
The continued decline of the native bee population has been well-documented. The consequences are dire.
“If we don’t have bees, we don’t have certain vegetables, fruits and flowers,” said Kay Johnson, sustainability and environment manager for PROSOCO. “We’re trying to get our community a little more familiar with bee hotels.”
PROSOCO Director of Field Training Shawn Desrosier installed a PROSOCO R-Guard product on the hotel to protect it from the elements. An application of Cat 5 Rain Screen not only means that the hotel can withstand rain and wind, it also allows the structure to ventilate.
The bee hotel originally began as part of PROSOCO’s involvement in the U.S. Green Building Council’s Green Apple Day of Service.