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Dec. 18, 2012

Bayer to Construct $2.65M North American Bee Care Center

by Adriana Pop, Associate Editor

Bayer CropScience has announced plans for the development of a North American Bee Care Center at the company’s headquarters in Research Triangle Park. The estimated cost of the project is $2.65 million, the Herald Sun reports.

Construction on the 6,600-square-foot LEED Gold-certified facility is expected to begin in February. Upon completion in July 2013, the center will serve as a gathering place between researchers, bee experts, students, visitors and leading Bayer scientists.

“We understand the necessity for healthy bees as pollinators and their critical role to agriculture, and by working with scientists, growers, beekeepers and customers, we strive to create new approaches and solutions to benefit bee health and the global food supply,” said Jim Blome, president and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America.

Bayer’s new North American Bee Care Center will generate more energy than consumed through its geothermal heating and cooling, LED lighting and solar water heating. The facility is the company’s second establishment dedicated to the preservation and promotion of bee health. In 2012, the global Bayer Bee Care Center opened at the joint headquarters campus of Bayer CropScience and Bayer Animal Healthin Monheim in Germany.

In other news, Capital Senior Housing of Washington, D.C. has purchased two luxury-style senior apartment communities from Bell Partners Inc. According to the Triangle Business Journal, the Alta Oakridge property in north Raleigh sold for $24.25 million, while the Alta Walk property in Durham sold for $23.25 million.

With the sale of its last two senior housing complexes, Bell Partners Inc. now plans to refocus its growth on the multifamily residential market. The company owns or operates 242 apartment properties with more than 69,000 apartment units. In the U.S., Bell is among the 10 largest apartment operators. The company also ranks as the second largest apartment management firm in the Triangle region.

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