Patterson Hall—known by faculty, staff and students as “The Old Bio Building”—is a four-storey facility that was built in 1928. The complete renovation has seen it completely stripped down to its structural floors, columns and outside walls and included the removal of all materials containing asbestos. “It‟s a gorgeous building,” says Marcel Falkenham, Director of Facilities Management at Acadia University. “It now meets—and in some cases exceeds— current standards for space, light, energy consumption and air quality.” This massive renovation project began in 2008 and was completed early summer in time for the 2011 fall semester. Half of the $4.2-million cost was provided by the Government of Canada‟s Knowledge Infrastructure Program (KIP) under Canada‟s Economic Action Plan and the other half was provided by the Province of Nova Scotia. The 40,000-square foot building has new mechanical and electrical systems, new energy-efficient windows, water-conserving
KC Irving Centre
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.