Trailblazing professors inspired Trinity University to strengthen its reputation as a premier institution in STEM disciplines and embark on the largest project in its history — a building dedicated to engineering, science, and the entrepreneurial spirit. Big ideas happen here.
Built in three phases, the new Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) complex provides research and teaching labs with technology access for eight departments, creating collisions of ideas and encouraging teamwork.
Taking a mixing-bowl approach, strategic adjacencies connect neighborhoods of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. Biology and chemistry students spark interdisciplinary conversations as they settle into collaboration spaces. This popular new hub provides unique learning environments, including “the Cube,” a creative makerspace that supports Trinity’s interdisciplinary program in entrepreneurialism. Light-filled, high bay ceilings promote flexibility. Moveable learning “pods” allow classes to break into smaller groups or transition for large-class instruction. Impressive glass garage doors open to the outside, so STEM innovation spills out and inspires passersby.
With RVK Architecture of San Antonio, EYP’s design responds to the existing campus’ landscape and architecture, San Antonio’s heritage of Spanish missions, and the region’s natural resources. The local sedimentary rock and its role in retaining the life-sustaining Edwards aquifer are at the heart of the design. The entry courtyard leads to an interior three-story limestone wall, which is porous so you can glimpse teaching, research, science, and engineering. The campus’ signature hand-laid “Trinity red” brick, selected by O’Neil Ford, the campus’ first architect and designer, respects Trinity’s legacy.
Designed to help manage stormwater runoff, the bioswale features live oaks and native plants.
A green roof is one of several features that make the building a living lab for sustainability.
Energy-saving design strategies earned Trinity a $1.3M rebate from the local utility.