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.
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:
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.