July 7, 2017
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Trinity's downtown campus debut set for Dec.

RENDERING | JCJ Architecture
RENDERING | JCJ Architecture
Rendering of Trinity College's downtown location, set to open in December.
RENDERING | JCJ Architecture
Interior rendering of Trinity College downtown location.

Hartford's Trinity College will open its first of two downtown campus sites in Constitution Plaza in December.

The private liberal-arts college said Friday it will occupy 10 Constitution Plaza, formerly home to the defunct Back9Network golf-lifestyle television network.

About a year after opening downtown, Trinity plans to house graduate studies and certificate programs on the third floor of adjacent One Constitution Plaza, the school said. Trinity's main campus is located in the city's South End.

Hartford's JCJ Architecture is the project designer and Enterprise Builders is general contractor.

As part of its downtown campus, Trinity also announced a collaboration with state-run Capital Community College in which faculty and pupils of both schools will conduct research to address local challenges.

Trinity Dean of Faculty Tim Cresswell chairs the programming/planning committee that created the Liberal Arts Action Lab (LAAL) to mobilize liberal arts-based skills and knowledge about Hartford to drive social innovation and deepen civic engagement.

Jack Dougherty, Trinity professor of educational studies, will be LAAL's inaugural faculty director. A full-time LAAL director, Megan Brown, will come aboard in August from the University of Washington, where she is a doctoral student.

Trinity has been working for several years to establish a downtown location, joining University of St. Joseph and Capital Community College. UConn's downtown campus officially debuts in late August.

In 2014, Trinity paid $2.1 million for the former Travelers Education Center at 200 Constitution Plaza. But the college drew sales offers before and after renovations began.

Last year, Trinity sold the property to LHR Group and BHN Properties, but agreed to lease back about 21,000 square feet at 10 Constitution and on the third floor of One Constitution.

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