English Building Past/Present/Future 2017

Mon Jul 24, 2017
The English Building has been a fixture on DMC’s East Campus for 50 years. It was built at the same time the Beatles recorded the “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band” album. Construction started on Nov. 4, 1966 and was finished by October of 1967, under the leadership of DMC President Dr. Jean Richardson, after whom Richardson Performance Hall is named. According to the Sept. 27, 1966 issue of The Foghorn, the DMC student newspaper, the Board of Regents authorized construction of the English Building for $372,000. Up to that point, the English Department was scattered among several buildings on the East Campus. After it was completed, the building contained the entire English Department and was located adjacent to the Girls’ Dormitory on Kosar – a facility long since removed. The English Building had 12 classrooms, 24 offices, a departmental chairman’s office, book storeroom and departmental library. The facility will be replaced by the General Academic and Music Building (GAMB) Phase II, the largest project in Del Mar College’s 2014 capital improvement program and one that will change the character of the East Campus. Consisting of interconnected buildings, GAMB Phase II will provide upgraded, state-of-the-art facilities for DMC faculty and students and create new gathering spaces, plazas and pedestrian pathways. The GAMB Phase II completes the new facilities for the Music Department begun in Phase I, adding three rehearsal rooms, faculty studios, practice rooms, music classrooms and music support spaces. The Music portion adds 42,500 square feet of space. The outdoor amphitheater begun in Music Phase I will be completed, providing a feature that inspires musical performances along a protected north/south pedestrian pathway. The General Academic portion of the facility, at 85,000 square feet, will house the Division of Arts & Sciences and the departments of English & Philosophy, Communications, Languages & Reading, Mathematics and Social Sciences. Additionally, the Center for E-Learning and central office for DMC’s Dual Credit Program will be located in the GAMB Phase II. These departments and programs are currently housed throughout the East Campus. At the central north/south axis of the GAMB Phase II will be Mike Anzaldúa Plaza, a linear green space memorializing one of DMC’s most beloved educators that will include shaded and wind-protected places to sit, read, gather or entertain.