EYP Architects & Engineering is designing the Trinity Academic Center. As the design has been refined, the architects have created an innovative academic center that will achieve Trinity’s strategic long-range goals for academic excellence, creativity and greater capacity.
While the interior spaces are modern and state-of-the-art, the exterior is carefully designed to echo the signature elements of Trinity’s historic campus, especially the the red tile roof and arched windows of Main Hall and Alumnae Hall.
Charge to the Architects
Architects studied current space utilization and needs, and identified potential efficiencies to be sure that every new square foot built is truly necessary. Trinity insisted that the architects envision a world-class place for Trinity’s academic life that will be beautiful and welcoming, a powerful symbol of Trinity’s intellectual values and institutional ambition for future generations of Trinity students and faculty.
The Trinity Academic Center will not only serve the functional purposes of instruction, but will truly transform and raise up Trinity’s academic profile and reputation for future excellence.
The Trinity Academic Center will be an 80,000-square foot, LEED certified building that will integrate 20 classrooms of various sizes for all disciplines, 11 laboratories for the sciences and health professions, and six seminar and conference rooms. Gathering spaces are few and far between on Trinity’s campus today, with students and faculty alike yearning for more commodious spaces to meet informally, study together and share the common life of the university. In addition to a new faculty offices and meeting rooms, the Trinity Academic Center concept includes a welcoming entrance, study lounges and other spaces for students to gather.An outdoor plaza will be landscaped to create a welcome place for quiet reflection and social interaction as students, faculty and staff hurry to and from classes.
The current Science Building, deeply appreciated for all that it has meant to Trinity over the years, is not a strong enough structure to keep or renovate. Trinity will demolish the Science Building as part of this project.