The B. Thomas Golisano Center for Integrated Sciences is a state-of-the-art, $33 million facility, which opened to Niagara University faculty and students at the beginning of the fall 2013 semester.
The 50,000-square-foot integrated science center houses 18 laboratories, which are supported by designated areas for nuclear magnetic resonance, tissue culture, imaging, plant growth, radioisotope storage, and numerous other functions. Two of the labs, in particular, demonstrate the integrative nature of the building, with biology and chemistry possessing shared research labs that are arranged to increase collaboration between the scientific disciplines.
In addition to the comprehensive laboratory space, the Golisano Center houses two classrooms on the first floor — a 56-seat lecture hall and a 20-seat seminar room. On the second floor is a 20-seat conference room.
A “Science on Display” concept is an important component of the facility's design, with several mechanisms conceived to showcase the work of Niagara faculty and students. These include large windows throughout the facility that allow visitors to see from the hallways into the teaching labs; a curved video wall in the science center's lobby that will showcase research developments taking place in the building; several back-lit panels in the lobby to display various scientific images; and an interactive touch screen on the first floor that highlights information on the building, Golisano and high-achieving Niagara faculty, alumni and students.
Adding to the facility's aesthetics is the incorporation of 44 paintings by noted artist Michael Kessler. The artworks are part of the Castellani Art Museum's collection.
The facility earned LEED Gold certification in April 2014.
A very generous $10 million lead commitment toward construction of the facility was made by B. Thomas Golisano, the Paychex chairman and philanthropist.