Groundbreaking at DMACC Urban Campus

Posted 5/24/2019

​Groundbreaking Ceremony set for New DMACC Urban Campus Student Life & STEM Center Building 

​$24 Million Expansion & Renovation to be Completed in Fall 2020

Media Advisory


A groundbreaking ceremony will be held for a new $24 million DMACC Urban Campus building ​expansion and renovation complex.  A 60,000 square-foot Student Life and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Center will serve as the centerpiece of the “Building Community” project.  Phase two will include the renovation of the original student center in Building #1.

Highlights of the new complex include:

  • First floor of new building to house Student Services Department, including academic and career advising, student financial aid and student counseling
  • Second and third floors will house eight science labs, five state-of-the-art classrooms, additional faculty offices, study areas, student lounges and meeting rooms
  • Welcome Center with a 3,000 square-foot flexible space that can seat up to 300 people
  • Outdoor gathering spaces, walkways and open green space


DMACC Urban Campus, 1100 Seventh St., Des Moines, IA

The announcement will start in Bldg. #1 and then move to the construction area for the groundbreaking event.



Wednesday, May 29 at 10 a.m.



DMACC President Rob Denson will be behind the controls of a backhoe to begin the “groundbreaking” ceremony.  Current DMACC Urban Campus Provost Dr. Anne Howsare Boyens, former DMACC Urban Campus Provost Dr. Mary Chapman, Shive-Hattery architects and contractor Rochon Corporation of Iowa will take also part in the groundbreaking ceremony.  



The DMACC Urban Campus is being expanded because classrooms are full and students don’t have enough space to study, meet or relax. More than 5,000 credit and non-credit students are enrolled at the DMACC Urban Campus, which is the most diverse college campus in Iowa, serving students from more than 70 countries.  The original campus building was constructed more than 35 years ago.



DMACC Todd Jones (515) 964-6242, cell (515) 238-8242 or

DMACC Dan Ivis (515) 965-7029, cell (515) 238-5358 or

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