Payden Academic Center

Trinity Washington University

Washington, DC


The first new academic building in more than half a century adds critical instructional space for the growing Nursing and Health programs in the College of Arts and Sciences, a historically women's division. The innovative facility is designed to embody the University's educational mission within the context of the historic campus. 

Informed by the latest pedagogical trends and infused with technology, Payden helps to prepare students for the workforce by providing a sophisticated skills-based environment that supports active collaborative learning. The program includes 12 fully equipped science labs for the biology, chemistry, cellular/molecular, and microbiology programs that form the foundation for the health science degree. Simulation spaces featuring computer-controlled robotic mannequins allow nursing students to refine clinical techniques by “practicing on plastic.” The facility also has 23 classrooms and seminar spaces for project-based learning. Variously scaled study lounges support student-to-student and student-to-faculty interaction to promote a sense of intellectual, pre-professional community.

Building Facts

  • 80,000 GSF
  • LEED Silver certified
  • 12 biology and chemistry labs
  • Simulation and clinical suites
  • 23 classrooms and seminar rooms