The H. H. J. Nesbitt Biology Building (formerly the Environmental Laboratories Biology Annex (ELBA) is made up of climate-controlled greenhouses that contain one of the finest collections of plants for teaching and scientific study in Canada. The Nesbitt Building is state of the art with open architecture to foster collaborative work and invite interaction between scholars.

Design features such as open laboratories, lounges used by both students and faculty, and faculty offices clustered in a central area, promote an atmosphere of shared learning. This manifests itself in close faculty-student research collaborations, as well as friendships.

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Accessibility Guide

Designated Parking

Closest parking for persons with disabilities is in the Parking Garage (five spaces) and Lot 3 (four spaces). There is also plenty of non-designated, spacious, pay and display spots nearby on University Drive.

Exterior Entrance

Avoid the side entrance at the corner of Raven Road and University Drive, the main entrance is at the south side of the building. There are curb cuts at the corner of Raven Road and University Drive.

Exterior Areas

Picnic area to the south of building is easily accessible from the walkway that runs long University Drive.

Tunnel Access

Accessible at basement level to passenger elevator.


Refurbished, accessible passenger elevator to all levels.


Washrooms are fully accessible. Main level washrooms have automatic door operators.


There are no public telephones.

Classroom Areas

Not applicable.

Study Areas

Small, pleasant lounge/study area at front entrance accessible from Monday to Friday 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.


Free standing tables and chairs near main entrance for lounging or studying. Two display greenhouses on Main level, both are accessible. Smaller greenhouse has one narrow pathway near the back, but is navigable. Both greenhouses have some tight turns, but are accessible.

Existing Obstacles

No significant barriers.


For individuals with mobility impairments, greenhouses may be easier to navigate in a manual wheelchair, but electric wheelchairs can access both greenhouses.