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Architectural/Drafting students share spring semester designs for North Beach area

Article by: Rosa Linda Reynoso

Every second counts and could be a matter of life or death. During emergencies, first responders need to get to locations quickly, including the North Beach area. Quality of life also improves when entertainment venues are accessible.

Recently, Del Mar College (DMC) students enrolled in the Architectural Design Studio IV class, ARCH 2604, presented their final spring semester projects to community leaders. Organized in three teams of two, the students collaborated on designs of various structures to improve the North Beach area, including substations for the fire and police departments as well as an amphitheater.

Student presenters included Diego Diaz and Cesar Olachia (fire station team); Olivia Cavazos and Nick Garcia (police station team); and Ledvic Martinez and Tim Tipparach (amphitheater team).

Community leaders who heard the students’ presentations included Corpus Christi (CC) Police Department Chief Mike Markle and Assistant Chief Todd Green, CC Fire Department Chief Robert Rocha and Assistant Chief Doug Matthijetz, Texas State Aquarium President and Chief Executive Officer Tom Schmid and Steve Banta, Director of the USS Lexington, along with Jeff Blackard, Peter Davidson and Jon Gonzalez, who are members of the North Beach Grand Canal Development Project Team.

Student presentations for the Various Buildings for the North Beach Canal Development Project focused an investigation of spatial, structural, cultural and material interventions for a project proposal sensitive to architecture, culture, environmental and site details.

At the end of each semester, community leaders have the opportunity to see the students’ ideas and creations. At the same time, students learn how to present themselves and communicate professionally.


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