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Science at Trinity

Trinity University science labs and instrumentation

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The Marrs McLean
building houses the departments of physics and astronomy, geosciences, and mathematics. This facility supports research in the geosciences field with outstanding laboratory and computing facilities, including a 3-D projection system, and state-of-the-art field equipment, including surveying, GPS, and geophysical systems. Physics and astronomy facilities include an observatory with eight computer-guided telescopes, an astrophysics imaging laboratory, a gravitational-wave interferometry laboratory, a laser and soft-matter dynamics laboratory, one of the first undergraduate fiber optics/photonics laboratories in the country to be funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF), and a new laboratory for fabrication/analysis of nanomaterials with potential medial applications.

The Center for the Sciences and Innovation is the largest development ever undertaken on the campus. Being completed in phases, the project includes new construction along with major renovations of existing buildings configured to create an integrated complex approximately 280,000 square feet.

The new five-story building that is the hub of Trinity's Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) has opened its doors and garnered high marks from both students and faculty.  The building, Phase 2 of the multi-year, multi-part construction project, features an inviting and spacious atrium, classrooms and labs outfitted with new equipment, and several cozy study areas.

Designed by the award-winning Boston firm of Einhorn Yaffee Prescott (EYP) Architecture and Engineering, in partnership with the San Antonio firm of RVK Architects and a committee of faculty and staff, the Trinity University Center for Science and Innovation will include:

  • Glass-walled classrooms, study areas, faculty offices
  • State-of-the-art teaching and research laboratories
  • Enhanced safety features
  • Café and gathering areas to stimulate student/faculty interaction and discourse
  • Dramatic design features (grand entrance, atrium, and elevated walkways)

The Trinity University Center for the Sciences and Innovation will meet rigorous LEED sustainability criteria. A landscaped bioswale will capture and filter rainwater.

At completion in spring 2014-- Trinity University will be home to the most visionary and far-reaching complex of science and engineering teaching and research facilities that any institution of higher learning could hope to have. 

CSI,  a space for collaboration and innovation

students & faculty work together