National accolades for K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre


The Huffington Post has named the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre as one of the “Most Eye-Catching Campus Buildings In Canada.”

Established in 1838 as a liberal arts campus, Acadia University’s manmade environment is nearly as beautiful as its natural one.  The K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre is an ideal blend of the scientific and aesthetic. The facilities are named for distinguished alumnus and successful businessman Kenneth Colin Irving (1899-1992) and are a gift from his family.

The very first thought behind the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre was “students” and creating a very special place for them to meet. Exemplifying that thought is the Garden Room, conceived by K.C. Irving’s son, Arthur. The Garden Room is an open airy meeting and gathering place. Filled with natural light, it is ideal for relaxing with a book, having a quiet conversation with friends, or catching up on some work. In the colder months, a fire is always burning in the efficient Rumford fireplace. The Garden Room is open to students, visitors, community and faculty from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily, with extended hours during exam periods.

In addition to the Garden Room, the K.C. Irving Environmental Science Centre contains state-of-the-art research laboratories, greenhouses, a conservatory, and controlled environmental facilities. It also includes a fully accessible, completely wired, 124-seat auditorium, a library and video conference centre, classrooms, lecture rooms, meeting spaces and conference rooms.

Adjacent to the Centre, are the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens, which occupy more than six acres on Acadia’s campus in Wolfville, Nova Scotia. Since September 2002, the Harriet Irving Botanical Gardens have provided a captivating environment for the investigation of native flora of the Acadian Forest Region. To many visitors, the uniquely beautiful gardens are also a place for quiet walks and contemplation.

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Read the Huffington Post article, "The Most Eye-Catching Campus Buildings in Canada."

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