“Work” and “exciting” don't have to be oppositional. At Brookfield Properties, the amenities we deliver are just as exceptional as the places we create.
Bees are a vital part of our ecosystem and urban communities. Providing a safe place to build their hives on our office property rooftops benefits not only the bees themselves, but also our communities.
Bees are critical to the ecosystem. We are happy to help promote their well-being in the city - plus, they are just cool little creatures.
Jackie Duke, Senior Vice President, Operations & Sustainability
Brookfield Properties has partnered with local apiaries in Calgary, Alberta and Washington, D.C. to bring bees to the rooftops of our office buildings.
Since 2015, our Urban Bee Project in Washington D.C. has maintained seven hives on the roofs of 799 9th Street and 1250 Connecticut Avenue. Following an initial partnership with Georgetown Honeybee, our Chief Engineer Michael Phillips has since been trained in beekeeping and tends to the hives.
At Suncor Energy Centre in Calgary, our rooftop collaboration with Honey Meadows apiary has been home to honey bees for the past two years. The two SEC hives are thriving and produced over 47 litres of honey in 2018. Over last holiday season, the honey was bottled in 125 milliliter jars and all 376 containers were sold – with proceeds going to the local Calgary Food Bank.
Georgetown Honeybee added seven hives in Washington, DC
Collaborated with Honey Meadows apiary to install rooftop hives in Calgary
Proceeds of any honey sales are donated to local charities