Shaping Up

February 19, 2021


BUFFALO, NY - Canisius students returned to campus this fall to find the former Palisano Pavilion converted into a new, well-appointed fitness center.

Open to undergraduate and graduate students, the renovated facility features an array of cardio machines, such as treadmills, arc trainers, stationary bicycles, areas for weightlifting and CrossFit training, as well as studio space for classes.  Changing rooms and showers are also available to accommodate students who live off-campus or commute. 

Fitness centers are fast becoming a required amenity for college students and, in recent years, Canisius students have voiced their concerns over the lack of general student fitness and recreation space.  (Prior to the conversion of Palisano Pavilion, students shared the Pastor Weight and Aerobic Center in the Koessler Athletic Center with intercollegiate athletes.)

The $1 million dollar project was made possible through a generous estate gift from Robert J. Gareis ’58 and a multiyear commitment from longtime Canisius supporters Richard C. ’68 and Karen Penfold.  The Undergraduate Student Association also contributed $50,000.