Capital Improvement Programs


Architect's rendering of new Workforce Development Center on the West Campus.

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Aspire. Engage. Achieve

Del Mar College is building a cutting-edge educational environment to meet the needs of all Coastal Bend students. Based on the 2012 College facilities needs assessment and adhering to the goals and objectives of College’s Strategic Plan for 2019-2024, the Capital Improvement Program (CIP) is transforming the face of education in our region.

By training students for careers coming to the area, DMC is the springboard for better incomes and brighter futures. -Nick Jimenez, Corpus Christi Caller-Times Editorial Page Editor Emeritus, Oct. 11, 2014

One College, Multi-Campus

The College strives to deliver instruction effectively throughout our district and service area. This CIP improves existing facilities on the East and West Campuses and embarks on building a new 96-acre campus on the city's booming Southside.

On time, On budget.

Over the past three decades, Del Mar College has established a standard of completing Capital Improvements on time and on budget, while engaging many local contractors and services from historically black and minority-owned businesses.

Community Accountability.

The College manages CIP projects carefully, relying on impressive bond ratings and strong financial management and investment strategies for funds approved by College District taxpayers. The College was financially sound with bond rating of “AA” assigned by Standard & Poor’s Rating Services and “AA+” by Fitch Ratings.

Signature Programs.

This CIP improves instructional space for key programs: including Natural Sciences, Workforce Education, Fine and Performing Arts, Industrial Technology, Nursing and Allied Health, Culinary Arts, Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) and Architecture.

2014 CIP Bond Program

On July 8, 2014, the Del Mar College Board of Regents voted to authorize a bond referendum for November 4, 2014. The bond referendum, authorized $157 million for capital improvements for the East and West Campuses of the College. The first major components of this program are the General Academic and Music Phase II complex on the East Campus and the Emerging Technology complex expansion and Workforce Development Center on the West Campus.

Capital Improvement Programs 2014


The College engaged community leaders Dr. Robert Furgason, Dr. Linda Villarreal and Dr. Victor Trevino in developing and advocating for this bond project. Town Hall meetings and briefings for civic and service organizations helped mold the bond proposal.


Projects undertaken during the 2014 Capital Improvement cycle, but were not part of the 2014 Bond.


The $157 million bond proposal was approved by 60% of College District voters. Work began immediately to select architects, design and begin construction on major facilities on the East and West Campuses.


I think we'll get more bang for our buck at a Southside campus. If it's going to give us an edge over competing schools and a better chance at landing jobs, it's a good idea. -Micah Villarreal, DMC Student

2016 CIP Bond Program

The Board of Regents proposed a $139 million bond proposal in 2016 to address the population explosion on the community’s Southside.  In 2015, 42% of DMC students lived south of South Padre Island Drive.

A 3d Rendering of Delmar SouthPresident Escamilla and school kids at Southside campus groundbreakingSouthside campus under construction as of August 2020


Building on the successful model of community engagement, the College chose Gensler Architects to develop the Southside presence vision that is now known as the Oso Creek Campus. Along with community leadership, middle and high school students provided their dreams for a new campus. Dr. Scott Elliff, retired Superintendent, Corpus Christi Independent School District conducted Town Hall and other focus groups to gather input.



Following voter approval of the $139 million bond proposal, the College engaged Facilities Programming and Consulting to assist with developing the Oso Creek Campus overview and determine first phase construction priorities. The Board of Regents selected the team of Gensler and Turner Ramirez Architects to design the campus infrastructure and Phase I facilities.

During the regular meeting of the Board of Regents on August 14, 2018, the Board accepted the Southside Campus Master Plan Phase 1 and authorized College administration to proceed with the design phase of the project.