D2: Develop a Facilities Master Plan and maintain our campus infrastructure

Within the next year, Trinity will develop its first Facilities Master Plan to ensure that future building projects are consistent with the vision and design principles of founding architect O’Neil Ford, the values of a Trinity education, changing campus needs, environmental sustainability, and the strategic objectives outlined in this plan. The Vice President for Finance and Administration will develop this plan in consultation with Facilities Services, Financial Services, Academic Affairs, Conference Services, and Residential Life. Faculty and students with expertise in architecture, ecology, and urban planning should also be consulted. The plan should entail major building projects and the costs associated with deferred maintenance for the next ten years. Upon completion, the plan will be presented to the Board of Trustees for approval.

original master plan side by side with the new facilities master plan

Honoring the Past, Preparing for the Future

The Trinity University Campus Master Plan

We are heirs to a historic, mid-century modern masterpiece. Our Skyline Campus is a treasure for future generations, distinctive with its significant collection of regionalist and mid-century modern buildings by renowned San Antonio architect O’Neil Ford. In the early 1950s, Trinity’s 14th president, James Laurie, and Ford empowered each other to create a vision of building a campus on the site of an abandoned rock quarry.

Establishing a historic district is central to Trinity’s Campus Master Plan. It pairs the University’s mission with its architectural legacy. Boundaries to the historic district will encompass all of the University’s buildings designed by O’Neil Ford. The Campus Master Plan reinforces the historic nature of campus and establishes criteria that will guide decisions for renovations, enhancements, space usage, and new construction in the coming decades.

The Campus Master Plan goes beyond the decision to seek designation as a national historic district. A few of the signature strategies include:

  • Creating a new wayfinding program to provide signage for better navigation of campus.
  • Enhancing a “corridor” through the core of campus that meanders from the upper to the lower part of campus. The “corridor” will improve pedestrian navigation without bifurcating the campus and enhance opportunities for connections.
  • Replacing two existing parking lots on lower campus with intramural green space.
  • Redeveloping the Coates University Center as the central dining facility on campus and adding a 500-guest ballroom that can be reconfigured for use as a conference facility.
  • Establishing a northern gateway to provide an outward face to the University for visitors, prospective students, and our connections with the city of San Antonio.
  • Improving existing student housing and adding independent living options for juniors and seniors. The plan identifies the need for more single rooms, kitchens, and common space in residence halls.

Trinity has accelerated the Campus Master plan with two purchases: City Vista Apartments and the ‘Oblate’ property west of campus. The University announced in January the purchase of the City Vista Apartment complex at the corner of Hildebrand Avenue and Devine at 655 E. Hildebrand. City Vista Apartments is a 141-unit complex with a 340-space parking garage, advancing the University's plan to add apartment-style living to its student residential housing options.

While Trinity realizes instant use in the purchase of City Vista Apartments, the University has no immediate plans for development of the “Oblate” property, purchased in March. The 9.2-acre tract of land adjacent to campus at the southwest corner of Shook Avenue and E. Kings Highway was previously owned by the Oblate Title Holding Company. The largely undeveloped property expanded Trinity’s campus to 125 acres.