Highland Phase 2 recent activity

ACC staff continues to lay the foundation for construction on the 2014 bond projects, including phase 2 renovations for the Highland Campus.

As project teams are confirmed, each project will be thoroughly evaluated to finalize plans, timelines, budget, and program space.

Space programming

Facilities and Construction team members met with administrators in mid-June to discuss options for narrowing down space requests. The team also is considering modifying the scope of work in phase 2 to accommodate renovations at Rio Grande Campus. Teams met on June 16, 18, and 25 to further address instructional program and space requirements.

Roof testing

Crews tested the roof deck in the east wing of the building. The deck in phase 1 renovations was more corroded than expected; the metal deck covering the east wing seems to be in good condition at the test locations.

Construction team

An evaluation committee has reviewed initial proposals from construction manager at-risk candidates. Finalists are scheduled to present to ACC’s Board of Trustees in August. Project architect Barnes Gromatsky Kosarek met with TEG (The Entermedia Group) consultants regarding small/local business enterprise program compliance.

New ACCPD offices

Construction is imminent for a new office suite for ACC District Police in the new portion of the building. Work is expected to wrap up in August.

Biotech wet lab

The design for the college’s biotechnology incubator will be complete by fall 2016.

General maintenance/site prep

Crews are performing needed site and utilities maintenance to support the abatement process. The college is seeking a proposal for a contract to remove storefront glass.

Board selects BGK Architects for Phase 2

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects as the architect/engineering team for Highland Campus Phase 2. BGK Architects oversaw Phase 1, which converted the former JC Penney store into the ACC Highland Campus including the ACCelerator, the nation’s largest learning lab. The board will next review candidates for the construction manager at-risk for Phase 2 and is expected to award the project in August.

Board hears architect proposals

Three architectural/engineering firm finalists — Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, O’Connell Robertson, and Page Southerland — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by summer.

Highland Mall closes to public

Continued renovation of ACC Highland is among the proposed projects.

Highland Mall closes to the public so that pre-construction and abatement work can begin on the 44-year old structure. Previously renovated areas will remain open to support college programs and partnerships. They include ACC Highland Campus, ACC Veterans Resource Center, ACC Police Department, and Austin Playhouse.

Voters pass bond propositions

Voters approved two bond propositions totaling $386 million for capital improvements. Projects include:

  • ACC Highland Phase 2: Regional career and technical training center
  • Rio Grande Campus: Renovations to the 100-year old main campus building
  • Leander Campus Phase 2: New campus construction on previously acquired property
  • Hays Campus Phase 2: First-responders training center
  • Elgin Campus Phase 2: Expanded agriculture and vet tech training facilities
  • Round Rock Campus Phase 2: Expansion to accommodate program and enrollment growth
  • Southeast Travis county land purchase for regional workforce center
  • Districtwide renovations and upgrades for health, safety, sustainability, and technology