Tonawanda News — LEWISTON — Outside, unless the average pedestrian knew the months of work put into creating the B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences, there’s a chance he or she would just walk right by without batting an eyelash.
It’s built to be incorporated into the already established architecture on the Lewiston campus of Niagara University, to not stick out like a sore thumb as modern buildings on old campuses tend to do.
But inside, it’s a beautiful, modern space set up to advance student learning with state-of-the-art laboratory space to create even more hands-on experiences and research opportunities for both faculty and students.
It certainly left an impression on the building’s namesake, who called it “very impressive.”
“I like the way it’s organized,” Golisano said after a public dedication ceremony held outside the campus’s newest building. “Certainly it’s neat and orderly, but that’s probably because it’s this occasion. But I’m very happy with the building. Also, it blends in well with the campus. I think it fits well.”
The new building isn’t going to be used much for sitting students down and having teachers lecture to students. It only holds two typical classrooms, with a 56-seat lecture hall and a 20-seat seminar room on the first floor.
Instead, much more of the building’s 50,000 square feet is dedicated to the laboratories for both the chemistry and biology departments. The first floor contains most of the general lab space, with departments separated by a wall instead of two flights of stairs in their old home of DePaul Hall. Everything a student needs for experimentation in introductory biology to organic chemistry is available in the new spaces, which could soon translate into a better education system at the school.