The 79th Corpus Christi Police Academy graduation ceremony at the Selena Auditorium on Friday, February 26th, 2021.

Turner Ramirez Architects from Corpus Christi will design the new structure of the City Police Academy.

Corpus Christi City Council placed Turner Ramirez on Tuesday with a $ 1 million design contract.

The draft phase of the Police Training Academy project is part of the $ 75 million 2020 bond loan approved in November.

“When we advance public safety projects like the new Police Training Academy, we ensure that our police cadets have the tools they need to protect our community,” said Mayor Paulette M. Guajardo.

In 1981 the city acquired the current academy structure at 4510 Corona Dr. It has outgrown the growing number of 456 cadets and officers from the police department and cannot respond to the CCP’s future needs, according to a city press release.

There are approximately 950 cadet applicants for the new academy, Police Chief Mike Markle said.

“I’m absolutely excited about it,” he said. “This is a once in a lifetime opportunity. It’s a legacy program for everyone involved.”

The academy can also be used as a training center for other Coastal Bend police departments.

Design is expected to begin this month and is expected to last six to eight months. The construction of the academy must start within 10 years, otherwise the lease is considered revocable, as documented by documents.

The new academy is expected to be 24,000 to 27,000 square feet and will be located on five acres of the new Del Mar College Southside campus on the corner of Yorktown Boulevard and Rodd Field Road. The facility should preserve the aesthetics of the campus.

The city is leasing the land from Del Mar College for $ 10 a year for 50 years, with an option for another 50 years, documents show.

The design includes a two-story building with the following characteristics:

  • large training rooms,
  • Administrative offices,
  • Resource room,
  • Research library,
  • Break room,
  • physical training rooms with changing rooms and showers,
  • an outdoor career
  • and secure patrol car parking.

Using the college grounds will give cadets access to catering services and additional educational courses, among other things, said city administrator Peter Zanoni. The site will also save the city money on construction costs, he said.

Alexandria Rodriguez contributed to this report.

The CCRTA is adding two new medium-sized bus stops on the new Southside campus of Del Mar College.  Planning for these two stops will begin next spring.  Construction should be completed by the end of 2021.

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