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Big News from President McGuire!


TO:  The Trinity Community

FR:  President Patricia McGuire

RE:  Announcing the New Trinity Academic Center and Major Gifts!

We start our new academic year together with exciting news!  Thanks to the extraordinary generosity of Trinity alumnae and friends, we are now able to proceed with plans to build the new Trinity Academic Center, with groundbreaking anticipated in early summer 2014 and opening for classes by Fall 2016.

We have been planning this new building for several years.   The Trinity Academic Center will house new science and nursing laboratories, new classrooms and study spaces, new faculty offices and pervasive technology.  The academic center will be located on the west side of the campus along Franklin Street.  The project will also provide new parking areas and renovated roadways on that side of the campus.   A team of architects and contractors is currently working on the design, and we will have more information with illustrations later this fall.

Read more about this exciting project on Trinity’s website.

Great benefactors are making this building possible.  Our immense gratitude goes out to all of our benefactors, including Joan Payden, Class of 1953, whose $10 million gift, the largest in Trinity’s history, has propelled our plans forward. We are also deeply grateful to Barbara Glynn, Class of 1964, and her husband John for their magnificent generosity. We extend much gratitude to Jurate Kazickas, Class of 1964, and her husband Roger Altman who have also made a great gift to support the Campaign for Trinity’s Second Century. We are also grateful to the Moran Family Foundation and other Washington area philanthropists who are supporting the Campaign for Trinity’s Second Century.

Additionally, with a $2.8 million gift from the Bedford Falls Foundation, Trinity has established the Joanne and William Conway Nursing Scholarship Program, and we have welcomed the first 20 Conway Scholars in the Class of 2017.  With these and significant gifts from many other alumnae and benefactors, the Campaign for Trinity’s Second Century campaign now stands at more than $18 million toward our $30 million goal. Many, many thanks to all of the great benefactors who have made this moment possible!

Our goal is to raise the balance of the $30 million Campaign for Trinity’s Second Century by the end of 2014.  The campaign priorities include gifts designated for the building program as well as gifts for scholarships, endowment and other approved projects.

To design the Trinity Academic Center, a $40 million, 80,000-square foot, LEED certified building, we are working with an outstanding team. Trinity has retained EYP Architects, 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 has 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 has also retained Jones Lang LaSalle for project management, and the law firm of Goulston & Storrs for land use and financing representation.

I encourage you to read the press release announcing this historic and significant moment for Trinity and stay tuned for more news this fall!

And, by the way, while we’re working on the plans for the new building, we are also paying attention to the other needs of the campus.   In the last two years, we have added new restrooms in Main Hall along with the new elevators, installed an entirely new Deli in the basement of Main, started a project to upgrade all classrooms, and expanded technological capacity including pervasive wifi.  We have also added new parking at Cuvilly parking lot, and we are progressively upgrading other areas of the campus.

All of this work is expensive, but thanks to Trinity’s great benefactors and strong financial management practices, we are able to accomplish a great deal with maximum efficiency.

I look forward to sharing more news about the academic center project and other campus upgrade projects throughout the year ahead.

Please join me in extending Trinity’s heartfelt thanks to our many great benefactors who have given so much to ensure success for Trinity and for our students.



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