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Beehives installed on Union Station roof

Denver Union Station is buzzing with activity -- not only from transit passengers and diners, but now from the recently installed rooftop honeybee colonies.

The four hives are home to about 5,000 to 10,000 honeybees each. Union Station's restaurants and retail outlets plan to start incorporating the harvested honey into their food and drink offerings later this summer.

"Urban beekeeping is a surprisingly successful phenomenon," says Denver Union Station beekeeper Caitlin Rose Kenney. "If the honeybees' basic needs are met, they are inspiringly resourceful and productive. The Denver Union Station's bees are a perfect example of this and are thriving this season."

Denver Union Station has become downtown Denver's hottest gathering place since it reopened in July 2014 after a $54 million renovation. The historic landmark train station is home to an eclectic mix of 12 Colorado restaurants and retail outlets created by Colorado-based Larimer Associates. 

"We are dedicated to supporting local businesses at Denver Union Station and to be as sustainable as possible, so installing beehives on the roof seemed like an obvious idea," says Joe Vostrejs, partner at Larimer Associates and a member of the Union Station redevelopment team. "We are pleased to be a part of the urban agriculture movement."

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

New wing opens at Nature & Science museum

The Denver Museum of Nature and Science celebrated the grand opening of its $56.5 million new wing on Feb. 14.

The five-level, 126,000-square foot wing houses the Morgridge Family Exploration Center and the Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center occupy the addition.

"We are proud to marke the beginning of an amazing new chapter that is reinventing and reinvigorating our 113-year-old institution," says George Sparks, President and CEO of the museum. "We are grateful to our generous donors and members of our wonderful Colorado community, including the citizens of Denver who supported the Better Denver bond campaign."

The construction cost of the new wing was funded through a combination of $30 million in Better Denver bonds approved by voters in 2007 and $26.5 million in gifts and grants raised by the museum. The museum also is raising $15 million to equip and program the new wing.

The Morgridge center includes three above-ground levels devoted to offering memorable and impactful programs that encourage vistors of all ages to have in-depth conversations about science and the natural world. It is named to recognize a lead gift of $8 million from the Morgridge Family Foundation, the largest private gift in the museum's history.

Level three of the above-ground levels is home to the Anschutz Gallery, made possible by the Anschutz Foundation, which will adjoin the existing Phipps Gallery. The space enhances the museum’s ability to present leading exhibitions from around the world and debuts with Maya: Hidden Worlds Revealed, the largest exhibition about this ancient culture ever presented in the United States.

A new Discovery Zone on the second level, made possible by Kaiser Permanente, is under construction and will open June 7. Its activities will be geared toward children ages three to five.

The Rocky Mountain Science Collections Center totals 63,000 square feet in two underground levels devoted to providing consolidated housing for nearly 1.5 million artifacts and specimens.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.

Medicine and art collide at exhibit on Anschutz campus

Travis Vermilye is combining art and medicine with his exhibition of works at the Fulginiti Pavilion for Bioethics and Humanities on the Anschutz Medical Campus.

Hyper-Stasis, which runs through Aug. 29, examines the result of choices we make that impact our health -- what we eat, what we do and what we don't do.

"The intent of the entire exhibition is to provide motivation and a place for self-reflection and to provide a glimpse into the beauty of the human body, even in a diseased state," says Vermilye, Assistant Professor in the College of Arts and Media at the University of Colorado Denver who teaches courses in medical illustration.

The first series, titled Waiting, consists of three 24-by-34-inch images that explore the number of people in the United States waiting for organ transplants versus the number who actually receive transplants. Vermilye uses a labyrinth in each to represent the path each person must take and symbols to represent individual people.  

The second series, titled NINE, consists of nine 30-by-30-inch graphite drawings representing the top nine conditions that result from prolonged physical inactivity.  The series looks at microscopic changes that occur in our bodies with each condition and includes nine facts related to each condition.  

In addition to being the home of the Center for Bioethics and Humanities, the Fulginiti Pavilion features a 1,000-square-foot art gallery, a grand piano in the lobby, conference rooms and seating areas.

Contact Confluence Denver Development News Editor Margaret Jackson with tips and leads for future stories at margaret@confluence-denver.com.
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