Architecture for Trinity’s Second Century
To design the Trinity Academic Center, Trinity retained EYP Architecture & Engineering, a nationally recognized firm that has designed science and classroom buildings for many colleges and universities, including Stanford University, University of Scranton and Wheaton College. Trinity also engaged Clark Construction Group, LLC, as the contractor and to lead the design-build team with EYP. Clark is the largest privately-held contractor in the United States and the second largest green construction firm in the country.
Trinity’s charge to the architects is very clear — to create an innovative academic center that will meet critical objectives for Trinity’s strategic progress, including:
Credible and Contemporary: To ensure Trinity’s continuing academic credibility in higher education by providing an instructional environment – including laboratories, classrooms, gathering spaces, lounges and common areas, all supported with state-of-the-art academic technologies – that reflects the best contemporary thinking for the 21st Century university.
Competitive: To improve Trinity’s competitiveness in contemporary higher education, an arena in which faculty and students both expect attractive, modern, capacious and fully accessible learning spaces equipped with the most up-to-date technologies necessary for effective instruction and research.
Creative: To strengthen Trinity’s ability to support the creativity of its students and faculty, fostering an exciting climate for intellectual innovation.
Capacity and Convenience: To ensure that Trinity has the physical capacity to fulfill its strategic goals for enrollment, with particular sensitivity to the expectations of the campus community for facilities that offer convenience, flexibility and accessibility across the many programs and methodologies for delivering the curriculum today and in the future.
The EYP team studied Trinity’s current space utilization in order to understand the university’s current needs as well as to identify potential efficiencies to be sure that every new square foot built is truly necessary. But Trinity asked for more than mere functionality. 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 architects have created a space that will not only serve the functional purposes of instruction, but that will truly transform and raise up Trinity’s academic profile and reputation for future excellence.