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Del Mar College Accented by Tensile Architecture from Ronstan
Ronstan Tensile Architecture designed a canopy support system to designate the central gathering area on the Del Mar College campus in Corpus Christi, TX.
By: Ronstan Tensile Architecture (c/o LarsonO'Brien)
Del Mar College, a community college located in Corpus Christi, TX, previously housed its health science programs in one building, while the technology programs were scattered around campus. Richter Architects designed the new Health Sciences and Emerging Technologies Complex to consolidate the programs and allow room for expansion on the West campus. Additionally, Richter wanted to install a canopy within the development to create a shaded plaza for students – an area that has become “the focal and meeting point for campus events and student activities,”
To carry out the canopy concept, Schroeder and team turned to specialty contractor Ronstan Tensile Architecture. Headquartered in Melbourne, Australia, with U.S. operations based in Portsmouth, RI, Ronstan delivers end-to-end specialty contracting services and tensile architecture expertise for a variety of small to midsize projects. Ronstan is also established as one of the world’s leading manufacturers of tensile cables, rods and bars for architectural and structural applications.
“Ronstan provided useful assistance with product and engineering data during the design phase as well as recommendations for assembly techniques during the construction phase of the project,” Schroeder explains.
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Surrounding the canopy are three health science buildings, the emerging technology center and two towers that delineate a 600-foot-long pedestrian mall that doubles as a shaded plaza for campus events. Spanning between the two towers, the canopy provides benefits that fulfill and exceed the expectations of the project team.
“Richter Architects specified our stainless steel rod systems because Ronstan could provide the best aesthetic and structural solution for the project,” notes Peter Katcha, vice president – architectural for Ronstan Tensile Architecture. “It’s really rewarding to see that not only did we complete a successful installation, but we contributed to what is now the visual and social center of Del Mar College.”
Pleased with the high quality of Ronstan’s installation, Schroeder offered, “Should a structural suspension support system be needed for a future design, Richter Architects would look to Ronstan Tensile Architecture.”
Additional project team members include Maverick Engineering, general contractor Bartlett-Cocke/
For more information on Ronstan Tensile Architecture, visit www.RonstanTensileArch.com.
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