Designed to be a "crucible for ideas," CSI has raised the University's profile in the community helped increase enrollment in STEM fields and become the "go-to" place for students from departments across campus. The sustainable, site-inspired design channels students, faculty, and visitors through interconnected neighborhoods of classrooms, laboratories, offices, and “living spaces" along a connective spine that links the sciences to the center of campus. This popular new campus hub provides unique learning environments including 'the Cube," an innovative Maker Space that supports both engineering and Trinity's unique interdisciplinary program in entrepreneurialism.
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.
- 155,000 GSF new
- 85,000 GSF modernization
- LEED Gold certified
- 43 research labs
- 24 teaching labs
- Innovation lab/maker space
- Outdoor classroom
- Computer Sciences
- Engineering Science
Awards & Honors
SA Tomorrow Sustainability Award
Glass walls put science on display to increase interest in STEM among those using the building's soft spaces. This deliberate transparency strengthens connections between the sciences and the rest of the campus.Innovation Modernization Collaborative Space Interiors
When Green Equals Green
Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation’s green roof project receives SA Tomorrow’s Sustainability Award
When it came time to design Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI), who better to collaborate with than the scientists who would be inhabiting the space and the University’s sustainability experts who would be maintaining it? It took this team of experts coming together to create a rooftop utopia that today was awarded an SA Tomorrow Sustainability Award from the City of San Antonio’s Office of Sustainability.
In the Driver’s Seat
Students thought their new STEM building needed a cool tour guide…so they built one. CSIborg gives visitors an unforgettable welcome to Trinity’s culture of creativity.Innovation
Liberating Potential to Transform Human Experience
Inspired and empowered by innovative spaces like “the Cube,” undergraduates collaborate with peers and faculty on projects that address real-world issues like diabetes and pediatric health, aging in place, or cross-cultural communication.Advancing Mission
The architects collaborated and pushed us to think beyond our wildest dreams, and the result is this award-worthy facility that has transformed the way we think about our educational mission and demonstrates who we are.
This article from High Profile explores what makes makerspaces such engaging learning environments for students from all disciplines. Drawing on her lab planning and STEM research experience, the author explains the Think/Model/Make design concept with examples from her favorite makerspace - Trinity University's unique innovation center, "The Cube."