Buffalo, NY - Renovation of the second level of Science Hall is expected to get underway later this year as a result of a $4.4 million New York State Higher Education Capital (HECap) matching grant. The award will help fund the renovation of an additional 60,000 square feet of
classroom and laboratory space for the college’s nationally recognized programs in biology, pre-med, anthrozoology, and animal behavior, ecology and conservation (ABEC).
The purchase and development of Science Hall is the largest capital undertaking in the college’s history. To date, Canisius has invested $40 million in the project and completed the renovation of more than half the building, including the lower and first levels, as well as a portion of the third level. Science Hall currently houses the departments of Mathematics, Computer Science and Physics, as well as the George E. Schreiner ’43, MD, Pre-Medical Center, the Institute for Autism Research and the new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program.
The HECap program awards capital matching grants to colleges for the design, acquisition, construction, rehabilitation or equipping of a facility on or near a college campus. New York State requires the grant be matched on a 3-to-1 basis. Canisius estimates the Science Hall project cost at $17.6 million and plans to match the HECap grant through private fundraising, financing and internally generated funds.