DMACC Urban Campus Student Center: Sneak Peek

The Des Moines Area Community College’s (DMACC) latest initiative is its Urban Campus Student Center located in downtown Des Moines, Iowa. As the first majority minority college/university campus in the state of Iowa, the campus is undergoing a facelift to create a competitive, innovative and welcoming space to meet the needs of students in the 21st century. 

To enhance campus identity, the design vision was focused on reinforcing DMACC’s commitment to its rich and diverse student body. “Connectivity, Collaboration, Inclusion, and Building Community” became the overarching vision for the design concept. 

DMACC President Rob Denson and DMACC Associate Provost Dr. Albert Farr share the College’s goals, the importance of remaining a resource for everyone in central Iowa, and serving as the community’s college. 

Shive-Hattery Architect Paul Rathjen and Landscape Architect Holly Reid give a sneak peek behind the purpose of the design and highlight how it provides site stewardship while celebrating the vibrancy of the campus community. 

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Holly is an experienced landscape architect who is passionate about connecting people to their natural surroundings while promoting site stewardship. She enjoys facilitating collaborative project teams from concept through construction to execute client vision and making it fun along the way. 

Holly Reid

Landscape Architect