Starting this fall, directions to the Trinity University campus from your favorite map app will point you to Trinity Parkway.
The new street and grand entrance, located on the far north side of campus off Hildebrand Avenue, will serve as a welcoming beacon for students, alumni, and visitors alike. The combo crosswalk-intersection-entrance north of Coates Library and just west of City Vista has been taking shape since Summer 2020 and is scheduled for completion in Fall 2021.
“The architects (on the project) talk a lot about that feeling people get when they come on to different campuses,” Justin Doty, dean of Admissions, told the San Antonio Express-News in late June. “We want it to be welcoming, warm, and accepting to everyone coming into the Trinity community.”
Community is a key factor in the design of the new entrance, which will feature monument signage and landscaping, signaling clear arrival on the University’s campus. To encourage foot and bicycle traffic between the north end of campus and the City Vista apartments, sidewalks along Hildebrand both east and west of the new entrance have been widened to 10 feet. Acceleration and deceleration lanes for east bound Hildebrand vehicular traffic, as well as coordination with the traffic signal at Devine and Hildebrand, will enhance safety in the area.
An architectural rendering, courtesy Lake|Flato Architects, depicts the Trinity Parkway intersection and widened sidewalks near City Vista.
The Hildebrand entrance is a key part of the University’s Campus Master Plan, developed in 2017 collaboration with Page, a Texas architecture firm with history and expertise in O’Neil Ford architecture. The master plan introduces the new campus entrance as the main arrival to the campus, and envisions a future welcome center along its path with space for Admissions and Alumni Relations.