Construction continues on phase 2 at ACC Highland. Crews completed the removal of floor finishes in January and are now re-pouring concrete that was in disrepair. Work also continues on the new television studio and the music performance hall. Outside, lighting supports for the canopy are going up. Interior design consultants at Edwards Mulhausen also released new renderings of furniture, fixtures, and equipment showcasing design considerations for gathering spaces and the new culinary restaurant. View the video >
Demolition of the southeast portion of the building is complete, and construction on the college’s drama and dance departments and assembly areas for occupancy load, vibration, and clear-span of columns/beams is underway. Steel erection, roofing, and underground utility work are ongoing.
Concrete has been poured for the meeting presentation hall and music performance hall and elevator shafts are complete. Mechanical, electrical, and plumbing work is 55 percent installed.
Austin Community College will begin the process of developing a site master plan for the approximately 124 acres of land purchased in southeast Travis County as part of the 2014 bond project.
The college plans to use the site for a future regional workforce center that will provide much-needed space for programs such as automotive technology, building construction technology, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, welding technology, jewelry, and more.
The $10.5 million purchase is financed through bonds approved by voters in November 2014.
Phase 2, which will add 415,000 square feet of flexible advanced facilities, features a creative digital media center, a health sciences/STEM regional simulation center, continuing education and workforce centers, and a culinary arts and hospitality management center with a student-operated restaurant. Crews are about 50 percent complete on a number of lower-level projects including mechanical/electrical/plumbing overhead and interior wall framing. Steel construction also is approximately 50 percent complete. Roofing installation is now underway. The metal roof deck is approximately 50 percent installed and air handling units in the three rooftop penthouses will be installed by end of January.
Construction crews are finalizing demolition of interior sections, most recently working on structural floor demolition. In addition, crews are installing hydronic piping and a new roof at the chiller house. In January, crews will continue floor demo and work on duct hangers and top track.
On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, ACC unveiled phase 2 of Round Rock Campus during a grand opening celebration. The new building features the college’s third ACCelerator with approximately 140 computers, advanced classrooms, and state-of-the-art science labs as well as a social staircase where students can gather to relax or study.
The expansion at Round Rock Campus also allows for continued growth of ACC’s health sciences programs. Renovations are currently underway to provide three new beds to the nursing and cardiac sonography simulation labs.
The event marks an important milestone for the college’s capital improvement projects. It follows three other grand openings held this year for voter-approved 2014 bond projects: The Elgin Campus phase 2, with Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneur program facilities; the new San Gabriel Campus in Leander; and the Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus, which offers the college’s first regional law enforcement training center.
ACC will celebrate the grand opening of Round Rock Campus Phase 2 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 to 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26.
The event will feature a brief program and tours of the new building. Phase 2 includes the college’s third ACCelerator learning environment, general education classrooms and labs, and a social staircase.
The community also is invited to tour all of Round Rock Campus and explore the programs and facilities that are available.
On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, ACC unveiled its new emergency response training facility during the grand opening celebration of Hays Campus Phase 2. The new Public Safety Training Center features advanced training facilities for first responders including a force-on-force room, a firing range, and an emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC) along with specialty classrooms.
The expansion at Hays Campus provides advanced facilities for ACC students in first responders programs as well as law enforcement agencies in the region.
The Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus was the college’s third grand opening celebration of projects funded by the 2014 GO bonds.
Student Services is now open at San Gabriel Campus. Current and prospective students may meet with advisors, counselors, and Admissions and Records.
The testing center also is now open.
Classes begin at San Gabriel Campus in fall.
The event featured guest speakers Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC President/CEO, U.S. Representative John Carter, State Rep. Tony Dale, State Rep. Paul Workman, Williamson County Commissioner Cynthia Long, Leander Mayor Chris Fielder, Leander ISD Superintendent Dr. Dan Troxell, ACC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Barbara Mink, Leander High School Senior Misty Valencia, and performances by the Running Brushy Middle School Jazz Band and Rouse High School Drumline.
The new campus will serve one of the fastest-growing areas in the region and relieve crowding at ACC’s Cypress Creek Campus. The campus primarily will offer general education courses and include the college’s second ACCelerator learning center as well as a 3,900 square-foot rooftop terrace.