Plans to make a southside campus for Del Mar College became reality took a big step forward Wednesday as the Board of Regents selected a firm to design the new campus.

Gensler/Turner Ramirez Architects, a global firm with several Texas offices, won the bid. The first phase of the campus will include the main building housing student services, administration and the campus library.

There will also be a STEM building with classrooms and lab facilities, and culinary arts and community center will wrap up the first phase.

A 2016 bond election made the first phase possible. There is no word yet on when construction will begin.

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