The Elgin Campus architectural design firm met with the campus’ steering committee on Friday, December 4, to begin planning for the $8.9 million expansion project.
Discussions focused on unique needs of the college’s Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship programs, based at the campus.
Tentative plans for the Vet Tech Program include a surgical suite with 2-3 surgery tables, treatment areas, a radiology room, and feline and canine wards. Outdoor needs include pasture space for large animals such as cattle and horses, feed storage areas, and a cattle chute. The program anticipates instructional capacity for 48 first- and second-year students.
Proposed plans for a Sustainable Agriculture campus farm include five to 10 acres for rotational crop space and an orchard, 10 acres for pasture, a crop washing/packing area, climate-controlled food storage areas, and an industrial kitchen. The farm is to be certified organic, which impacts site planning for water runoff, buffer zones, wildlife habitat, and soil management. The architects will ensure facilities for both programs meet government and accreditation regulations.
ACC’s Board of Trustees selected O’Connell Robertson as the architect/engineering team for Elgin Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the four submitted proposals, oversaw Phase 1 at Elgin Campus previously. The board will next review candidates for the construction manager at-risk for Phase 2. Selection is expected by February.
At their November 2 regular meeting, the Austin Community College (ACC) Board of Trustees heard proposals from the three architectural/engineering firm finalists for Elgin Campus Phase 2 — O’Connell Robertson, BLGY Architecture, and Architecture Plus. The board is expected to make a selection in December.
An evaluation committee interviewed architect/engineer candidates for Elgin Campus bond projects, who are expected to present to trustees in November. Staff has requested that trustees select the A/E at their November 16 work session, so that holiday breaks won’t interfere with the selection schedule. Facilities and Construction plans to issue an RFQ for a construction manager in mid-October.
Follow our progress as we expand programs and services at Elgin. The campus will have new facility additions as indicated in the 2014 bond program to house the college’s veterinary technology and sustainable agriculture entrepreneurship training.
Currently at the campus, farm facilities for the sustainable agriculture program are being developed (with funds approved before the 2014 bond election). A greenhouse is in the works; the college plans to create a diverse orchard and vegetable cropping garden during the spring 2016 semester. An architect for Phase II of Elgin Campus will be selected soon.
Austin Community College will offer its first Continuing Education (CE) non-credit, Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship courses this fall, and more courses will be created by the spring semester.
For additional information about sustainable agriculture courses, please visit the department website at austincc.edu/agriculture.
Core courses for ACC’s veterinary technology program will also be offered fall 2015. Details can be found online.