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Facilities and Resources

STEM programs are housed in the Center for the Sciences and Innovation and Marrs McLean Hall. Hubs of Trinity's scientific research, these inviting and spacious facilities feature state-of-the-art classrooms and laboratories outfitted with new equipment and technology.

The Center for the Sciences and Innovation

The Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) is home to the biology, chemistry, computer science, engineering science, neuroscience, and psychology departments, as well as the McNair Scholars Program and the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship.

The CSI 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 of approximately 280,000 square feet.

The new, five-story 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.

The Center features:

  • Glass-walled classrooms, study areas, and 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, including a grand entrance, an atrium, and elevated walkways
  • Sustainability measures that meet rigorous LEED criteria, including a landscaped bioswale that captures and filters rainwater

Upon 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.

Marrs McLean Hall

Marrs McLean Hall 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.

The Marrs McLean Observatory, with eight computer-guided telescopes, sits atop the building, allowing physics and astronomy students—as well as those who are just interested in our great skies—hands-on experiences in astronomy. Marrs McLean also houses an astrophysics imaging laboratory, a gravitational-wave interferometry laboratory, a laboratory for fabrication/analysis of nanomaterials with potential medial applications, and 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).