A Dream Realized
Opportunity to support renovations of the HCAD Suite in Chapman
Tuesday, November 23, 2021
A representation of the future Health Care Administration reception desk with people walking around.

Thousands of HCAD alumni live all over the country and hold various leadership positions in the healthcare industry. Among this alumni community, they share one thing in common: the desire to see a renovated HCAD space in Chapman Center. In 2023, their dreams will become reality!

Designed by O’Neil Ford, the Chapman Center opened in 1964 to house the University’s graduate school. Today, the Chapman Center serves more than 33% of Trinity faculty, more than 60% of students,and three of Trinity’s six graduate programs. In 2022, the University will begin to renovate the Chapman Center, including creating an entirely new HCAD suite on the second floor.

The renovation will preserve the historic details inherent to Chapman Center’s architectural design while upgrading and remodeling the building to meet today’s environmental and academic standards. Dark hallways and corridors will benefit from new skylights on the fourth level. Windows will be upgraded with insulated glass for energy efficiency.

The HCAD suite will include: a computer classroom with a projection system and seating for 40, two seminar classrooms with projection systems and seating for 16-26, a meeting room with seating for 12, 14 offices, a reception area, and multiple student break out rooms. The “iconic” space in the new HCAD suite will be the “Hawthorne Commons”, a space made possible by the generosity of Doug and Martha Hawthorne and the Texas Health Presbyterian Foundation. This will be a large dedicated space for students to work, socialize, and interact with the faculty.

The fundraising goal for the renovations in the entire Chapman Center (including the HCAD suite) is $13,000,000, and construction is planned to be completed by 2023. So far, $9,325,000 has been raised from eight major donors. The project is still in need of $3.7 million for completion.

There are naming opportunities available to any HCAD alumnus or friend of the program, including companies where HCAD alumni work. These naming opportunities are at various levels, from $25,000 to $100,000 up to $500,000. A space can be named in honor of an alumnus who has made an impact in the healthcare industry or in the name of a healthcare system to promote its mission to the future leaders in the industry.

Jim Brown M’99, HCAD alumnus, and member of the HCAD Advisory Board, has pledged $25,000 to the project. The Jim Brown Family Breakout Room will provide a space where students can work together on group projects and study. 

If you are interested in learning more about the naming opportunities in the HCAD suite, please contact Celeste Guzman Mendoza at cmendoz3@trinity.edu or 210-999-8039.

Photo: The Department of Health Care Administration will overlook the atrium and the neighboring School of Business and provide a front door to the department for students.

Celeste Guzman Mendoza, MFA, Ph.D., is the senior director of Major Gifts and Planned Giving for Trinity's Alumni Relations and Development division. She received her doctorate in higher education and policy from the University of Texas in Austin.

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