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Date Posted: Tue, March 30 2021, 9:20:09
Author: D
Subject: $4.4 MILLION HECAP GRANT FOR SCIENCE HALL

https://www.canisius.edu/about/news-and-events/news/canisius-receives-44-million-hecap-grant-science-hall

Buffalo, NY – Canisius College received a $4,398,329 million Higher Education Capital Matching Grant (HECap) from New York State. The grant will help fund the construction of classrooms and laboratory facilities on the second level of Science Hall, the college’s interdisciplinary science center.

The HECap program is a competitive grant program that provides critical matching funds to private college campuses, enabling them to build, renovate and renew facilities.

“We are pleased to be among the institutions to receive a HECap grant and thank our New York State representatives for their continued support of this critical program,” said President John J. Hurley. “Science Hall has become a hub of collaborative academic programming and a resource enjoyed by the community. This grant will help fund the complete renovation of the second level of Science Hall - an additional 60,000 square feet of classroom and laboratory space - further enhancing our stellar Biology and Pre-med programs and the unique and nationally-recognized undergraduate Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Conservation (ABEC) and graduate Anthrozoology programs.”

HECap grants must be matched on a 3-to-1 basis. Canisius estimates the Science Hall project cost at $17.6 million and will match the HECap grant through private fundraising, financing and internally generated funds.

Over the last decade, Canisius has invested $40 million in the purchase and development of Science Hall, the largest capital undertaking in the college’s history. The college has completed the renovation of more than half the building, including the lower and first levels, as well as a portion of the third level. The building opened to students in 2012 with classrooms and laboratories, as well as a large commons area used by students and the neighborhood community.

The planned renovation would cover the entire second floor of the building that will house the college’s Biology and ABEC programs. Plans call for classrooms, teaching laboratories, research laboratories, offices and meeting spaces.

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 most recently, the college’s new Physician Assistant (PA) Studies program. The third level of Science Hall is home to the Catholic Health EPIC project, where the Catholic Health team developed its new electronic medical records system.

The college hopes to begin the project later this year.

Science Hall was built in 1929 as a Sears, Roebuck & Co. department store and remained as such until the 1980’s when it was converted to office space. In late 2008, Canisius purchased the 240,000 square foot building situated between the college’s main campus and its athletic complex.

One of 27 Jesuit universities in the nation, Canisius is the premier private university in Western New York. Canisius prepares leaders – intelligent, caring, faithful individuals – able to pursue and promote excellence in their professions, their communities and their service to humanity.

The Higher Education Capital Matching Grant (HECap) program awards matching capital grants to colleges for the design, acquisition, construction, reconstruction, rehabilitation or equipping of a facility on or near a college campus within the State, including critical academic facilities, economic development and/or high technology projects and urban renewal and/or historical preservation projects that would enhance the programmatic offerings or the student life at the college or provide economic development benefits to the area surrounding such college campus.

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[> Re: $4.4 MILLION HECAP GRANT FOR SCIENCE HALL -- Great news!, Tue, March 30 2021, 14:06:23

Finish this project so we can focus on the athletics capital campaign. Go Griffs!

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[> [> Re: $4.4 MILLION HECAP GRANT FOR SCIENCE HALL -- Go-Griffs-Go, Tue, March 30 2021, 17:27:20

I saw that Daemen College announced a strategic athletics plan for the next 5 years, would love for CC to do the same

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[> [> [> Gonzaga -- GoldenGriff32, Wed, March 31 2021, 2:41:03

So is Gonzaga, the Canisius of the West or are we the Gonzaga of the East?

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[> [> [> [> Re: Gonzaga -- Patsos, Wed, March 31 2021, 8:57:01

Nah, man... Siena claimed the “Gonzaga of the East” moniker years ago.

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[> Re: $4.4 MILLION HECAP GRANT FOR SCIENCE HALL -- BfloGriff, Wed, March 31 2021, 2:51:49

Wow. They say good things take time, so this project should be dynamite. Its taken a long time, but now it looks like something really good is happening. Kudos to THE POWERS THAT BE. Here's hoping the result is as exciting as the original concept was.And as a cherry on top, a strategic plan for D-1 athletics would would be a great element in an over all development plan. Thank you, St.Peter Canisius, you must have been working hard on this.

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[> [> Athletics will be part of the future plan -- It has to be a focus, Wed, March 31 2021, 13:31:44

Ensor is not going to let Hurley not focus on this area. We’ve been delaying the discussion for far too long.

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[> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- Go griffs go, Wed, March 31 2021, 16:38:39

What does that even mean?

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[> [> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- Go-griffs-go, Wed, March 31 2021, 17:19:31

I’m sorry, I misread you. That’s great that there will be some accountability

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[> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- It means ...., Thu, April 01 2021, 2:58:46

The MAAC will want us to invest heavily into our facilities. We’ve postponed the discussion for far too many years.

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[> [> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- Go_Griffs_Go, Thu, April 01 2021, 4:35:43

That's great to hear. We should be consistent contenders in the MAAC.

I want them to have a name and brand in the ballpark of Creighton, Gonzaga, Marquette and Xavier. They might not have to be AS good on the basketball side, but that name recognition for basketball + academics needs to be the goal.

With the right vision and investment it is possible to get closer to that.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- BfloGriff, Thu, April 01 2021, 6:38:36

Georgetown, Loyola of Chicago aren't bad company either. B.C. too.

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[> [> [> [> [> Re: Athletics will be part of the future plan -- D, Thu, April 01 2021, 10:00:50

I long for the day that I don't have to say, "Canisius College ... in Buffalo"

and being here in Rochester, not getting "is that near the lake?" when they mean Conesus Lake....

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[> [> Re: $4.4 MILLION HECAP GRANT FOR SCIENCE HALL -- BfloGriff, Thu, April 01 2021, 5:17:51

Two things; isn't Ensor retiring? "Facilities" means a new Events Center, I hope.

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