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Board of Regents Selects Firms to Design New Campus on City’s Southside


Article by: College Relations Office

Yesterday, Feb. 6, the Del Mar College Board of Regents selected the team of Gensler/Turner Ramirez Architects to design its new campus on Corpus Christi’s southside. The Gensler firm managed the original campus master planning process produced before the 2016 bond election to finance the campus construction. Turner Ramirez Architects designed the College’s Workforce Development Center currently under construction on the West Campus.

There are moments in an institution’s history that can be transformational if the opportunity, vision and stars align.
Alan B. Colyer, Gensler Principal-in-Charge of Winning Proposal

The first phase of the campus incorporates a main building housing student services, administration and the campus library. The science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) building includes core classrooms as well as specialty lecture and lab facilities for architecture and other programs. A culinary arts and community center facility are featured in the third building. These, in addition to the first phases of campus utilities and other infrastructure, will be funded by $139 million in voter approved bonds.

The architect we selected today will set the process for developing a completely different campus from what we’ve seen in other places. The vision we have is something that’s new and diverse. It’s going to lead us into the future.
Gabriel Rivas III, DMC Board of Regents First Vice Chair
We on the Board of Regents and the college community want a campus that is student-focused and inspirational, something that will draw students in, make them want to stay there, and that is inviting for the greater community who may want to come to events on campus.
Trey McCampbell, DMC Board Chair

McCampbell sees the future campus as an investment for the community as well as students and noted, "We want to be a partner for the southside, for all of Corpus Christi and the surrounding areas.”

Following a day-long open meeting, the Board directed the College administration to negotiate a contract with Gensler/Turner Ramirez Architects.

About Del Mar College

Del Mar College empowers students to achieve their dreams. We offer quality programs, individual attention, outstanding instruction through faculty with real-world experience and affordable costs to credit and noncredit students in Corpus Christi and the South Texas Coastal Bend area. Nationally recognized while locally focused, we’re ranked in the top two percent of community colleges in the country granting associate degrees to Hispanic students (Community College Week). Del Mar College focuses on offering our students programs that match current or emerging career opportunities. Whether students are interested in the fine arts, sciences, business, occupational or technical areas, students get the education they need for the future they want at Del Mar College.