Winter 2018 Update

Here is a bird's eye view of the construction work and progress being made at Acadia's Science Complex and Huestis Innovation Pavilion.

Fall Progress

Progress is being made inside and outside the Science Complex and Huestis Innovation Pavilion. Click the image below to view the complete photo gallery. (October 2017) 

Science Complex Renewal

Huestis Innovation Pavilion Recognizes Science Complex Lead Donors

Huestis Innovation Pavilion


Wolfville, NS, June 22, 2017 – Acadia University today announced that the Huestis Innovation Pavilion will form part of its $22.25 million Science Complex renewal project. Named in honour of lead donors, Faye and David Huestis of Saint John, New Brunswick, the Pavilion will be a key connection between Elliott and Huggins Halls, providing research and commercialization space that is well beyond Acadia’s current capacity. 

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Summer Progress

A behind-the-scene look at construction on the Science Complex and Innovation Pavilion. Click the image below to view the complete photo gallery. (June and July 2017) 

Science Complex and Innovation Pavilion

Acadia Achieves Funding Goal for Science Complex Renewal


Acadia University's ambitious plans to rejuvenate Acadia’s science facilities reached an important milestone in February 2017. Thanks to generous donors, Acadia achieved its fundraising goal - securing the $6.3 million in private support needed to make this project a reality.

The entire $22.25 million project – comprising a comprehensive renovation of Elliott Hall, a new exterior for Huggins Hall, and a new Innovation Pavilion between them – will be funded by a $15.98 million investment from the federal and provincial governments combined with your private donations. The response of Acadia's alumni and friends has been so positive that the University will be extending our efforts in hopes of tackling some interior improvements in Huggins Hall which fell beyond the scope of the original plan.

Work is now underway in Elliott Hall and the University's target is to have the renewed science complex fully operational by April 2018. Critical teaching areas in Elliott Hall will be ready at the beginning of this September and the balance of the work completed by January 2018. Renovations to the exterior of Huggins Hall will begin in April and be finished by March 2018. Construction of the Innovation Pavilion will commence next month and wrap up by April 2018.

This is an extraordinarily aggressive renovation and construction schedule driven by the funding requirements of the Strategic Investment Fund.  

Acadia is extremely grateful to our donors and excited by the transformative scale of this project. 

To make your online donation, please use the donate button on this page, or for further options, contact the Office of Advancement at 1.866.222.3428. To discuss recognition opportunities for larger gifts, please contact Nancy Handrigan, Executive Director, Philanthropy (902-585-1042) or Rod Morison, Vice President, Advancement (902-585-1818).

Strategic Investment Fund Update

About the Strategic Investment Fund Project (Science Complex)

A $22.25 million renovation that will accelerate innovation and economic development through a “green” renewal of 1960s-era science research facilities at Acadia University


Acadia’s 140,000-ft2 science complex supports some of the University’s most promising researchers, with direct links to industry in Nova Scotia and around the world.

Acadia’s Science Complex includes two main buildings, both built during the 1960s and increasingly out of step with the needs of contemporary research and innovation and with rising standards of environmental responsibility. Huggins Hall – housing the Departments of Mathematics and Statistics, Physics, Earth and Environmental Science, and Nutrition and Dietetics — was built in 1969 and has never been renovated or upgraded. Elliott Hall— housing the Department of Chemistry — was built in 1960 and partially renovated in 1980 with an exhaust ventilation upgrade in 2007. The two buildings are joined on the basement and first-floor levels by a structure of the same vintage containing small classrooms and a small laboratory.

To maintain its regional edge, attract talented researchers and continue to increase its commercialization activities, Acadia is proposing a significant renovation of the Huggins Hall building envelope and comprehensive refurbishment of Elliott Hall, with a build-out of the current link between the buildings as an Innovation Pavilion to supplement the research and commercialization capacity of the complex.

This $22.25 million construction project has received approval for $15.98 million in Federal and Provincial government funding through the Strategic Investment Fund. Acadia is inviting donors to be part of the exciting project which will accommodate a growing cohort of productive, innovative researchers while at the same time creating capacity to prepare the next generation of scholars.
To make your online donation, please use the donate button on this page, or for further options, contact the Office of Advancement at 1.866.222.3428. To discuss recognition opportunities for larger gifts, please contact Nancy Handrigan, Executive Director, Philanthropy (902-585-1042) or Rod Morison, Vice President, Advancement (902-585-1818).

Acadia Science Complex and Innovation Pavilion Benefits

In 1966, Dr. Charles Huggins, Acadia University Class of 1920 and University Chancellor between 1972 and 1979, was awarded The Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine for his role in linking hormones to the development of prostate and breast cancers. Dr. Huggins, a prolific researcher, worked in some of North America’s most renowned laboratories including those at Harvard, Yale and the University of Toronto, and had a profound impact on 20th-century science and discovery.

Research and discovery requires an investment in facilities that inspire and inform. As an undergraduate university that, in Huggins’ words, offers unequalled programs, Acadia’s classrooms and laboratories need to keep pace with the demands of new technology and creates an environment that will prepare graduates for success.

In addition to modernizing laboratory space, updating classrooms and creating a space dedicated to maximizing the synergies between business and academics, this project will significantly reduce Acadia’s energy consumption and environmental footprint. Upgrades to the exterior of Huggins Hall will dramatically increase the ‘R’-value of the building envelope, ventilation will improve air quality and tapping into an existing geothermal system as a means of cooling will lower year-round energy costs. Renovating and refurbishing campus infrastructure that is approximately 50 years old, will have significant environmental impact. In addition to better integrating the exterior appearance of the Science Complex into the overall look of Acadia’s historic campus – often called one of Canada’s most beautiful — there will be an immediate reduction in greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.  
Through renovations to laboratory and teaching space, Acadia’s research agenda in science and engineering will be significantly scaled-up, increasing our capacity to: conduct more, and higher-quality meaningful research; generate and commercialize new innovations and inventions; and, foster research growth and excellence at the undergraduate and graduate student levels. Intensifying our applied research activities and engagement with rural-based small and medium-sized enterprises and increasing the impact of this research, will encourage innovation, entrepreneurship, and provide economic spin-offs. The development of a new university-based Agri-Technology Access Centre (TAC) will provide companies and industry organizations with enhanced access to specialized technology, lab space, subject-matter expertise and commercialization support services, strengthening their ability to become more productive and innovative.  It will also enable Acadia to advance its applied research strength in a key priority sector – agriculture – and expand our successful technology transfer and commercialization activities.



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