City Center Management is buzzing with excitement over its newest tenants
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New tenants moved into the Bank of America Tower recently and there is quite the buzz in City Center, downtown Fort Worth’s premier towers overlooking the skyline. City Center has partnered with Alvéole, a social beekeeping company, to bring a beehive to an outdoor space within City Club.
“We continually look for ways to make our community better and the partnership with Alvéole is certainly one of the more unique opportunities we have introduced,” said Johnny Campbell, president and CEO of City Center Management. “This is a long-term initiative that will make a positive impact on Fort Worth. It’s quite exciting to think we will be producing our very own honey before the end of the year.”
City Center hosted a “Name the Queen Bee Contest” with the winning entry from Guy Addeliar of Fort Worth, who submitted the name "Queen Beeyoncé."
The beehive will house several thousand Italian bees, known for their very mild temperament, who are making their new home on the patio of City Center. The new tenants will pollinate the urban flora that surrounds Fort Worth during the summer. At the end of the season, the beekeepers will harvest the honey from the City Center location and then share it with the community in September.
While bees get a bad wrap, they really do not have an interest in human beings. With a single stinger, they only will sting if they feel their colony is threatened. The bees have one goal and that is to collect nectar and pollen from flowers within a three-mile radius of their hive, and bring it back to the hive to ensure the development of the colony.
Projects like this are needed as a result of the dwindling bee, butterfly, and bumble bee populations and other pollinators declining around the world. Pollinators face threats from industrial agriculture, such as the massive use of pesticides and habitat loss, as well as climate change.
Pollinators are responsible for the pollination of more than 130 varieties of fruit and vegetables, nearly a third of the food we eat. The installation of the beehive at City Center required minimal resources, but will bring enormous direct and indirect benefits, notably social and ecological. This urban beehive will repurpose an unused space as well as educate the community when the beekeeper conducts two workshops in the coming months for interested guests.
Alvéole has partnered with more than 100 schools and 500 companies to create awareness about biodiversity, food production and ecosystems. Since its inauguration in 2013, Alvéole has reached more than 25,000 people of all ages through its beekeeping services and educational workshops.
City Center is the premier business address with Class A office space in downtown Fort Worth. Comprised of the Bank of America Tower and the Wells Fargo Tower, the two iconic towers offer stunning views of Fort Worth, connected parking and an on-site private club with fitness center.
Location Mentioned: Bank of America Tower