Center for Sciences and Innovation

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The 280,000-sf Center for the Sciences and Innovation (CSI) is the largest development ever undertaken on the campus of Trinity University. The phased project includes 150,000 gsf of new construction, an 80,000 gsf gut renovation of Cowles Life Sciences Building, and a light renovation of the 50,000-gsf Marrs McLean Hall, to create an integrated academic complex. It houses teaching and research labs, an engineering studio, greenhouse, vivarium, and an Innovation Studio, and is home to the university-wide Entrepreneurship Center.

CSI features glass-walled classrooms, study areas, and faculty offices; 24 teaching labs and 43 research labs; café and gathering areas to stimulate student/faculty interaction; and a grand entrance, atrium, and elevated walkways.

The facility supports interdisciplinary teaching and research in engineering science, biology, chemistry, psychology, and computer science, as well as biochemistry and neuroscience. The new structure includes a bridge connecting it to Marrs McLean Hall, which houses geosciences, mathematics, physics, and astronomy. The renovation of Marrs McLean includes construction of a new entry and community spaces.

An extensive use of glazing puts science on display throughout interconnected neighborhoods of classrooms, laboratories, and offices. The building’s spine serves as a thoroughfare that connects the sciences to each other and to the center of campus.

The building itself serves as a laboratory: Soils on the green…

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