Signature Facilities

Science Hall

The newest facility on campus, Science Hall is a multi-disciplinary science facility that builds on Canisius’ exceptional reputation in science education and complements the world-class life sciences and medical research being conducted in Western New York. Although still in development, Science Hall opened its doors to students in 2012 and currently houses the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science, Physics, and Information Technology Services, as well as the George E. Schreiner '43, MD Pre-Medical Center, and the Institute for Autism Research.  The next two phases of renovation will focus on teaching, office space, and laboratories for other disciplines including the Departments of Biology and Animal Behavior, Ecology and Conservation. When complete, Science Hall will encompass all of our science programs under one roof. New knowledge, research experiences, and collaborations will continue to prepare our graduates as top candidates for advanced degree programs and leading contenders for employment across all aspects of medicine and life sciences.

Montante Cultural Center

The award-winning Montante Cultural Center, located at Main and Eastwood Streets on the Canisius College campus, serves as the college's cultural center and performing arts facility. While preserving the integrity and beauty of the magnificent St. Vincent de Paul church, Canisius' $3.4 million renovation transformed the building into a 515-seat multi-use auditorium. It provides ample space for a variety of functions intended to enrich student growth at Canisius and serve alumni and the general public. The renovation of a 74-year-old church into a performing arts center was made possible, in part, by a $1.5 million gift from Carol and Carl Montante to the Imagine Canisius campaign.

Financial Markets Lab


The Nelson D. Civello ‘67 Family Financial Services Lab at Canisius is a state-of-the-art technology facility that supports the college’s business programs, especially finance and economics.  Equipped with many of the same technological tools-of-the-trade used on Wall Street, the Financial Markets Lab includes a four-color ticker display, which provides news headlines and current stock and index prices; four LCD panels, which connect to live market broadcasts or can be used by faculty to display teaching materials; and Smart Board technology. The showpiece of the Financial Markets Lab is the Bloomberg terminal, the leading information service for global financial markets. Students trained on the Bloomberg system qualify to sit for the Bloomberg Essentials Certification Exam.  The Lab is also home to the Golden Griffin Fund (GGF), a real-money equity investment fund established in 2003 that is managed by undergraduate and graduate finance majors.

Institute for Autism Research (IAR)

The Institute for Autism Research (IAR) is an interdisciplinary collaborative research center dedicated to understanding autism and related developmental disorders and enhancing the lives of those affected and their families. Located in Science Hall, the institute’s summerMAX program was one of the first comprehensive treatment programs proven effective for children with high-functioning autism. The success of summerMAX is now the foundation for the IAR’s latest research, which tests the effectiveness of its treatment program in school settings, a largely overlooked area of research. To date, more than 250 children in the Buffalo area have benefited from IAR services. In 2013, the IAR received a $3.4 million research grant from the U.S. Department of Education Institute of Education Sciences – the largest research grant ever awarded to Canisius College.

ESPN3 Studio

In March 2015, Canisius announced that the College’s athletic department and communications studies programs had entered into a new agreement with ESPN, under which its students would produce live Canisius athletic events for ESPN3. This new athletic and academic collaboration provides students with hands-on learning experiences in live video production, while also helping to broaden the reach and visibility for Golden Griffin athletics. To help facilitate this new partnership and to produce events for ESPN3, Canisius has built a state-of-the-art Golden Griffin Sports Broadcast Center on the first floor of Science Hall. The control room features top-of-the-line video production and audio equipment and will also serve as a classroom for students enrolled in College’s concentration in Sports Broadcast Journalism and other video production classes.

Koessler Athletic Center

The focal point of all campus sports activity is the Koessler Athletic Center. Built in 1968 at a cost of $3 million, the KAC houses both the physical education and athletic departments and is the site of intercollegiate, intramural, recreation and local high school sporting events. The KAC consists of a multi-purpose gymnasium, swimming pool, training room, rehabilitation room, a weight room, several classrooms and offices for the departments of Athletics and Kinesiology. It is also home to the Canisius College Sports Hall of Fame. Adjacent to the KAC is the Patrick Lee Student Athletic Center. Originally built in 1998, it is available to all Canisius students for recreational and intramural activities.  The facility has two full basketball courts, three volleyball courts and an indoor batting cage. Directly adjacent to the KAC is the Demske Sports Complex, a multi-use, all-purpose, all-weather artificial ATurf field that is home to the Golden Griffin soccer, lacrosse, baseball and softball teams. Additionally, one of the College’s newest varsity programs – rowing - calls the Frank Lloyd Wright Fontana Boathouse its off-campus home.


On July 30, 2013, Canisius College and the National Hockey League’s Buffalo Sabres announced a unique partnership enabling the school’s Golden Griffin ice hockey program to compete and practice in the newly-constructed HARBORCENTER. HARBORCENTER, which officially opened October 31, 2014, is a $172 million multipurpose hockey and entertainment complex that sits directly across from the First Niagara Center in Buffalo’s Canalside District. HARBORCENTER features two NHL-size rinks, including a 1,800-seat arena where Canisius serves as the primary tenant. Amenities for the Griffs include an exclusive 1,300-square foot state-of-the-art locker room, separate athletic training areas, and access to the building’s Center of Excellence, a high-performance training facility designed specifically for development in the sport of hockey.