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May 13, 2010


Trinity University to Break Ground for the Center for the Sciences and Innovation


SAN ANTONIO Science education at Trinity University – already known nationally for its academic rigor and interdisciplinary focus – is moving into a new era with the construction of a new Trinity University Center for the Sciences and Innovation. The project, which will infuse $127 million into the San Antonio economy, will be one of the largest developments ever launched on the Trinity campus.


Groundbreaking for the project is scheduled for 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 14. The public is invited to the ceremony, which will take place on campus between the Cowles Life Science and Cobb-Racey buildings. This area will be transformed into a science plaza that ultimately will link multiple buildings featuring innovative facilities and laboratories.   


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“The new center will provide our students and faculty with facilities
conducive to scientific collaboration and discovery across the sciences,”
said Trinity President Dennis A. Ahlburg. “This remarkable facility will stimulate new ways of thinking and have an enormous impact on future generations of Trinity students.”


This summer, construction will begin on a 55,000-square-foot science facility that will connect to the Cowles Life Science Building, including updated chemistry and biology labs and new classrooms that will foster interdisciplinary teaching and research.


Ongoing work will complete the renovation of the Cowles building along with the demolition of the Moody Engineering Science building. A replacement facility will be built, featuring a bridge to connect the new and renovated facilities to the Marrs-McLean Science building. The result will increase the University’s footprint for science learning and discovery to approximately 280,000 square feet and include updated classrooms, learning spaces, and integrated laboratories.


Plans for the new science center are the result of a powerful vision from the Trinity faculty for improved teaching and research space that will elevate – literally – the visibility of science curricula. Laboratories will be surrounded by glass walls, creating an open and welcoming environment.


David Ribble, professor and chair of biology, said the new facilities will do more than bring the research and teaching laboratories for biology, chemistry, and other science disciplines up to date. “The laboratories will be surrounded by glass walls so people can share in our excitement about science. It will open up the sciences to the entire campus by making what we do more visible and accessible to all.”


In keeping with Trinity’s commitment to sustainability, a key goal of the project will be to attain the highest possible LEED standards with “green” designs and programs that encourage recycling and other environmental protection practices.


Designs for the project were developed by the Boston firm of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott Architecture and Engineering, PC (EYP) in partnership with the San Antonio firm of RVK Architects, with assistance from a steering committee composed of Trinity faculty and staff members.


Trinity University strives to provide a transformational, educational experience that ensures graduates are ready to lead successful lives and are equipped to shape the future.




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