From the Archives, October 25, 2002: President Cooke announces purchase of Science Hall building

On this day in 2002, Canisius President Rev. Vincent M. Cooke announced at a news conference that the school’s Board of Trustees approved the purchase of the BlueCross BlueShield building that would become Science Hall.

On October 25, 2019, Canisius President Rev. Vincent Cooke held a press conference announcing that the school had purchased the BlueCross BlueShield building to turn into a “state-of-the-art science center” that would also host offices for the Vice President for Business and Finance, as well as the IT department. 

The building, originally a Sears department store, cost Canisius 18.5 million dollars to purchase and more than 30 million to renovate. It is still not finished.

As Canisius celebrates 150 years of Jesuit education, The Griffin will dig through its archives and feature a “blast from the past” every week.

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