DMACC Board of Directors Names Rochon Corporation General Contractor For Upcoming Campus Projects

Posted 3/15/2019

Rochon Corporation of Iowa to lead marquee projects at Urban and Ankeny Campuses 

The Des Moines Area Community College (DMACC) Board of Directors has unanimously approved Rochon Corporation of Iowa as the general contractor for two upcoming projects: The construction of a new Student Life Center on the DMACC Urban Campus in Des Moines, and the renovation and expansion of the Automotive Facility on the DMACC Ankeny Campus. Both projects are scheduled to break ground in May.

“These are two premier projects for DMACC, as well as for our team at Rochon Corporation of Iowa,” said Russ Carew, President of Rochon Corporation of Iowa. “We’re excited to bring the beautifully designed plans to life. Both projects focus on providing a best-in-class learning environment for DMACC students, which will make the build process especially rewarding.”

New Student Life Center at the DMACC Urban Campus

A brand-new Student Life Center will be located in the heart of the DMACC Urban Campus. The 60,000-square-foot facility is set to be the centerpiece of “Building Community,” a $24 million building expansion and renovation complex designed to modernize and increase visibility for the Urban Campus.

The DMACC Urban Campus has the unique designation of being the most diverse college campus in Iowa. Its current enrollment of approximately 5,000 students includes individuals from 70 different countries who speak more than 90 languages. Additionally, the campus serves a significant number of non-credit students, including many “new Iowan” immigrants and individuals working on high-school equivalency programs.

The new Student Life Center will be located north of Building 1, the Urban Campus’ original student center that was constructed 35 years ago. 

“Our vision is to create more dedicated space to encourage learning, increase our capacity to serve students and to enhance their experience, and to support the City of Des Moines’ continued commitment to revitalizing the city’s urban core,” said Anne Howsare Boyens, provost of the DMACC Urban Campus.

The new Student Life Center is expected to be completed in December 2020. A renovation of Building 1 on the Urban Campus will follow. Shive-Hattery Architecture is the project architect.

Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC

The new Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC is slated to open in Fall 2020 and will include a renovation and expansion of the more than 60,000-square-foot Automotive Technology Center on the Ankeny Campus.

“There is a significant need for well-trained auto technicians in the workforce, and our DMACC automotive technology program graduates are highly sought-after,” said Jerry Burns, DMACC Automotive Service Education Program (ASEP) chairperson and professor of automotive technology. “The renovation and expansion project will allow us to continue providing world-class automotive training with the flexibility to grow with the industry.” 

The Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC will feature new classrooms, a student lounge, 22 additional vehicle work bays, renovation of nine existing classrooms, new conference rooms, and a state-of-the-art showroom to improve the visitor and prospective student experience.

DLR Group is the project architect for the Karl Chevrolet Automotive Technology Center at DMACC.

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