Discovery Zone: Science Hall opens at Canisius

August 26, 2012


BUFFALO, NY – Canisius College unveiled Science Hall to the campus community when classes resumed on August 27.  Phase 1 of the three-phase project is an impressive 120,000 square feet of space.  Science Hall is home to the departments of Computer Science and Mathematics & Statistics, the Institute for Autism Research and the Dr. George E. Schreiner Pre-Medical Center.  Subsequent phases will welcome the departments of Physics, Chemistry, Biochemistry, Biology and the Institute for the Study of Human-Animal Relations.

Canisius will formally dedicate Science Hall on Friday, September 7 at 2:00 p.m.

Designed to break down barriers between traditional disciplines, Science Hall’s infrastructure is inherently interdisciplinary and includes ample space for students and professors to learn, study and socialize collaboratively.  Island workstations cluster young investigators together to forge new breakthroughs.  Teacher laboratories replace conventional lecture halls, and are outfitted with flexible furniture and state-of-the-art technology so faculty can customize the space to support interdisciplinary curriculum needs.

A living green wall greets visitors to Science Hall.  Glass walls and walkways serve as windows to science-in-action.  Science is on display in the Margaret L. Wendt Animal Behavior Laboratory.  The integrated and interactive space showcases faculty and student exhibits curated in cooperation with the Buffalo Museum of Science and the Buffalo Zoo. The laboratory will also house the Canisius Zoological Society’s mini-zoo, developed biennially.

Phase 1 of Science Hall was supported by A Legacy of Leadership: The Campaign for Canisius College, which secured $26.9 million in commitments for the project. Additional support is needed to renovate the subsequent levels of Science Hall. Learn more about Science hall.

One of 28 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York.