ACC Highland: First park opens Saturday, May 12

Highland Greenway Park

The first of three parks for Highland will open to the community Saturday, May 12. A kick-off celebration is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Highland Greenway Park, located off Clayton Lane next to the Elan Parkside apartment complex. Families, students, and faculty and staff are invited to explore the two-acre park. The event includes food and beverages from Easy Tiger and Kick Butt Coffee. Families are invited to participate in lawn games and enjoy the lush green landscape. For more information, visit the Highland Redevelopment Project website.

ACC Highland celebrates Phase 2 groundbreaking

Construction is set to begin on ACC Highland Phase 2. Community leaders and friends joined the college September 21 for a ceremonial groundbreaking featuring President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Sen. Kirk Watson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis County Commissioner Jeff Travillion, Austin Councilman Greg Casar, Pastor G.V. Clark of the St. John Regular Baptist Association, ACC Board Chair Dr. Barbara Mink, and ACC Culinary Arts student Waraporn Pawawongsak. View more photos and read more >


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.

Work progresses on Highland site infrastructure

Architectural programming for ACC Highland Phase 2 is complete. Site utilities and internal roadways in the west and south side of the site are near completion.

Abatement of the former mall building is underway and will be performed in phases by contractors ARC Abatement and Baer Engineering. The college expects to begin some permitting and construction tasks while abatement is ongoing.

Board selects Highland Construction-Manager At-Risk

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Flincto as the construction-manager-at-risk for Highland Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the seven submitted proposals, oversaw Highland Phase 1, which converted the former JC Penney store into the ACC Highland Campus including the ACCelerator, the nation’s largest learning lab.

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.