Districtwide electrical system updates continue

Work on air-conditioning and ventilation systems at Cypress Creek Campus is underway; a second phase of the work will be performed before the fall semester.

Electrical system upgrades and preventative maintenance are ongoing at Pinnacle and Riverside campuses and at Highland Building 4000. Systems at Northridge, Eastview, Cypress Creek, and Round Rock campuses also will be upgraded. Safer, updated systems will be easier to maintain and will lessen the impact of power failures.

New lighting is being installed at Riverside Campus gym.

Staff from the Building and Grounds Office also are working with construction design teams to incorporate energy-efficient, easy-to-maintain electrical systems in new facilities.

Round Rock foundation work, steel framing to begin

The crawlspace excavation for the new building is complete and piers have been drilled and poured. The elevator pit slab has been placed and pit wall construction is ongoing. Crews also have begun installing underground site utilities.

The concrete slab for the building’s first floor is scheduled to be complete by the end of June, to be followed by the second and third floor slabs. Structural steel installation is scheduled to be complete mid-August.

SpawGlass, the project’s construction manager at-risk, is tweeting updates about the project using the Twitter handle @ACC_RR_Phase 2.

Rio Grande design work continues; renovation groundbreaking planned

Rio Grande Campus

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 classrooms have closed, and faculty and staff are relocating to other campuses during the summer. The campus remains open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000.

Design development for the building’s renovation and restoration continues. ACC teams and project architects are working with preservationists to ensure plans reflect the original building design and intent. Plans will be presented to the City of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission for approval this summer.

On July 22 college representatives will gather with the community to celebrate the Rio Grande Campus Renovation Groundbreaking for the 100-year-old facility.

Pre-construction demolition and abatement is scheduled to begin late summer and continue through the end of the year.

Highland pre-construction work continues

Teams have completed design development. Abatement is complete and interior demolition is nearing completion. Crews have begun installing a separation wall to seal off the construction area.

Construction is ongoing for temporary space in Building 4000 to house fine arts, performing arts, and computer science programs that are relocating from Rio Grande Campus. Meanwhile, the college is meeting with future user groups to identify furniture and equipment needs

A Request for Qualifications has been issued to solicit proposals for the design and construction of a parking garage on the southeast side of the former mall.

Topping-out celebrated as framework is completed

Construction crews, architects, and engineers joined college and community leaders for a topping-out celebration June 7 at the campus site. See photos from the event and a brief video about the project at ACC San Gabriel Campus marks construction milestone.

Foundations have been poured. Crews are installing exterior framing and the middle structure is being set. Above-ceiling work (fire sprinkler pipe, duct work, plumbing lines, and electrical conduit/boxes) continues in the building’s east wing. The concrete masonry core of the west-wing stair/elevator tower is complete.

Proposals for campus streets not previously named will be submitted to the City of Leander.

A live webcam on the ACC Bond Projects: San Gabriel Campus webpage shows the campus taking shape in real time.

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 to close

Rio Grande Campus

The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will close mid-May. The campus will remain open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000. The main building is expected to reopen in fall 2019.

Rio Grande Building 1000
The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will be renovated with state-of-the-art classrooms and modern spaces.

The college has worked to minimize disruption to current and future students. Some classes are moving to nearby campuses including Highland, Eastview, and Riverside. A small number of classes have been converted to distance learning courses or hybrid courses that combine classroom and online learning.

Campus offices and faculty will begin moving in late May and early June. Over the summer Arts and Humanities programs will begin their permanent move to ACC Highland inside the former mall area, where they will be housed with a future Creative and Digital Arts Center. The college’s American Sign Language & Interpreter Training and Human Services program departments, as well as Rio Grande campus management and police, will be in Building 3000 during construction.

New Round Rock Campus parking lot opens

A new 301-space parking lot is now open on the north side of ACC’s Round Rock Campus (north of parking lot K).

The additional spaces will ease parking congestion during the construction of a new classroom building west of Building 2000. Security cameras and emergency call boxes are located throughout the lot for safety.

Community leaders, first responders join groundbreaking celebration

ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes visits with students from the Hays High School Criminal Justice Club.

Community leaders, area first responders, and friends joined Austin Community College May 9 for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Hays Campus phase 2 project.

Guest speakers acknowledged the partnerships supporting the project, and said the future first responder center will prepare students for “real-world jobs that match real-world needs.”

The center will benefit students in ACC’s  criminal justice and emergency medical services programs and serve as a resource for local agencies seeking facilities for continuing education and re-certification.

View photos from the event at Groundbreaking celebrates future Hays Campus first responder center.