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The CSI Building

The future of science is collaborative, and Trinity’s Center for the Sciences and Innovation is architecturally designed to encourage interdisciplinary research and productive collisions among students, faculty, and members of the Trinity community. Because who knows—watching a research group in the lab down the hall could spark the beginning of the next big idea.

At the center of the CSI, a new, five-story building features an inviting and spacious atrium, classrooms and labs outfitted with new equipment, and several cozy study areas. The building was 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.

Major renovations of the Cowles Life Science Building (now Cowles Hall) and the Marrs McLean Science Center (now Marrs McLean Hall) allow existing buildings to be configured to create an integrated 300,000-square-foot science and engineering complex, complete with a rooftop observatory, a living “green” roof and rooftop greenhouse, and an open-air innovation and design studio.

Visible, glass-walled laboratories are complemented by cozy group study spaces, inviting open and accessible student and faculty collaboration. Research groups benefit from the efficiencies of using shared instrumentation, as well as collaborative spaces for ideation and development.