DMC Board of Regents Tour Oso Creek Campus Construction Progress
New $139 million campus on Corpus Christi’s southside now 89 percent complete
Article by Melinda Eddleman
Construction is 89 percent complete. And, on May 10, the Del Mar College (DMC) Board of Regents––along with College administrators and project architects and contractors––toured the current progress of the Oso Creek Campus.
Work on the new campus began in 2019 after Del Mar College District voters passed a $139 million bond referendum in 2016 for the capital improvement project. Three years after breaking ground, the project is nearing the finish line.
As of May 2, the College anticipates a partial opening of the STEM Building in mid-July of some classrooms and faculty offices and potentially some areas, including campus dining, in the Hospitality and Culinary Institute Building. Both buildings will be fully open by Aug. 29 for fall semester classes.
DMC will fully open the Oso Creek Campus by mid-January 2023.
Internationally-recognized architectural firm Gensler, along with sub-consultation from local firm Turner Ramirez Architects, designed the new campus with a joint venture between Fulton Construction and Coastcon serving as the project contractor.
The Oso Creek Campus features “Centers of Excellence,” including three areas of study: 1) Architecture and Drafting Technology; 2) Biology, Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing (bio-sciences) and 3) Hospitality and Culinary Arts.
The Oso Creek Campus incorporates construction of 249,544 square feet of building space, including the:
- • Central Plant (8,631 sq. ft.) as part of physical facilities operations.
- • Hospitality and Culinary Institute (59,561 sq. ft.) housing ultramodern teaching spaces including kitchen labs, a coffee shop and a public-accessible restaurant/dining facility to provide students with hands-on, real-world learning experiences The facility will also house community meeting spaces.
- • Main Building (80,437 sq. ft.) housing the library, student services, community meeting spaces and a coffee shop, along with faculty and general classroom space.
- • STEM Building (100,915 sq. ft.) housing the Architecture/Drafting Technology program and Biology, Biotechnology and Biomanufacturing programs with contemporary teaching spaces, laboratories and equipment, along with other STEM-related programs, including chemistry, engineering, geology and physics. The facility will also house a Math Learning Center.
In addition to the Centers of Excellence, the Oso Creek Campus will provide core courses taken by university-transfer students, along with Dual Credit, developmental, workforce training and Continuing Education courses.
Among the College’s current capital improvement projects, the Oso Creek Campus is located within the “education corridor” that includes high schools in the Corpus Christi, Flour Bluff and London Independent School Districts as well as the two area Texas A&M Universities.
Other resources about the project are available at https://www.delmar.edu/regents-and-community/southside.html.
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.