Groundbreaking for the Trinity Academic Center: A New Era Begins

A clear blue sky welcomed hundreds of alumnae, alumni, benefactors, civic and business leaders, students, faculty, staff and Sisters of Notre Dame on Saturday, May 31, 2014, to celebrate the Groundbreaking Ceremony for the Trinity Academic Center. Speakers paid tribute to Trinity’s significant role in the Washington community, particularly in the education of D.C. residents, and envisioned the many ways in which the Trinity Academic Center will enhance student learning and be a resource for the city and region. After Fr. Paul Huesing blessed the ground, Trinity officially broke ground for the new building. With purple and gold shovels to celebrate the occasion, President Patricia McGuire was joined by D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray, D.C. Council members David Grosso and Kenyan McDuffie, benefactor Joan Payden ’53, Greater Washington Board of Trade President James Dinegar and Sr. Patricia O’Brien, SND, chair of the Board of Trustees. Then members of the Class of 1964, the Trinity Alumnae Board, faculty, project partners and the Sisters of Notre Dame took turns at breaking ground.

The Trinity Academic Center, a $40 million, 80,000-square foot, LEED certified building, will be the first new academic building on Trinity’s campus since 1963, when the library was completed. The Trinity Academic Center will ensure the university’s academic quality, versatility and competitiveness far into the future. The new building will feature 12 state-of-the-art science and nursing laboratories, and 23 classrooms and seminar spaces. The new structure will also feature gathering spaces where the creative genius of rising Trinity generations will thrive.

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