It was opened by Scottish Natural Heritage chairman Ian Ross, fellow of the Institute of Chartered Foresters, a former lecturer at the site who led the development of its first degree course.
Lying within a 10ha woodland that serves as a practical training environment, the new larch-clad building will accommodate more than 150 students each year. An arboretum is planned on the site of the former building.
Meanwhile, wood and forestry charity the Sylva Foundation will also move its offices to a new purpose-designed timber building at the Sylva Wood Centre in south Oxfordshire. A low-energy building of largely home-grown timber, the new Sylva Lodge is expected to open in April.