Acadia’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, 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.