Project teams have completed architectural programming for Austin Community College’s new Leander Campus and have moved to the design phase.
During the next few months architects will define how campus components will work together and draft conceptual plans. Construction is expected to begin next September and take about two years.
In recent weeks the Leander Steering Committee (composed of representatives of various ACC departments and constituencies) met with architects and consultants to discuss building needs and long-term options for the 100-acre campus site, located near Hero Way and Mel Mathis Blvd.
The 106,000-square-foot campus building will include classrooms and science labs, space for a combined library, Learning Lab, and ACCelerator computer lab, administrative areas, and indoor and outdoor common areas. The campus will have an initial capacity of 2,000 ─ 2,500 students.
Architects plan to take advantage of the site’s natural landscape, which includes green belt and a section of Brushy Creek.
Long-term plans include an early college high school and a YMCA on or near the campus.
ACC Leander Campus*
||Approximate square footage
|Library, Learning Lab, and ACCelerator computer lab
|Offices for faculty, administration, and police
|Student Services areas
*Sizes may fluctuate as designs are finalized.
ACC’s Board of Trustees selected American Constructors as the construction manager at-risk for the Leander Campus. The firm was one of three finalists considered out of eight submitted proposals. American Constructors currently is working with Pfluger Architects, the architect/engineering firm for the Leander Campus, on another education facility in Leander.
Three Construction Manager at-Risk firm finalists — American Constructors, SpawGlass, and Bartlett Cocke General Contractors, presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected in November.
ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Pfluger Associates as the lead architect/engineering team for the Leander Campus. The Texas-based firm, one of four finalists considered out of 16 submitted proposals, specializes in educational facility planning, design, and construction administration. The board is expected to select the construction manager at-risk for the campus in the fall. Next steps include campus design and space selection for college programs.
A steering committee representing various ACC departments and constituencies met to discuss the vision for the campus, including space and program needs. The steering committee will work with the Leander Campus Advisory Committee to ensure the campus reflects local needs and interests. Members of the steering committee are:
Mario Aguilar, Matthew Pappas (alternating), Adjunct Faculty Association
Christopher Chirco, Student Government Association
Darien Clary, sustainability office
Becky Cole, environmental health and safety
Charles Cook, provost
Lynn Dixon, district police
Ben Ferrell, finance and administration
David Fonken, mathematics and sciences
Silas Griggs, district police
Stan Gunn, information technology
Linda Haywood, campus manager
Dean Johnson, building and grounds
Dennis Kirkland, purchasing
Brette Lea, public information and college marketing
Mike Midgley, instruction
Brian Morrow, facilities and construction
Bill Mullane, facilities and construction
Ann Palmer, Faculty Senate
Richard Rhodes, president
Rachel Ruiz, student services
Gaye Lynn Scott, social and behavior sciences
Gillian Waterston, mathematics
Dorothy Fojtik, Facility Programming and Consulting
Bryan Sibille, Facility Programming and Consulting
ACC has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals for a construction manager at-risk for the Leander Campus construction.
Four architectural/engineering firm finalists — Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, Studio 8, Pfluger Associates, and Stantec — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Trustees are expected to select an architect in July and a construction manager at-risk later this summer.
ACC has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals for an architectural/engineering firm for the Leander Campus. Proposals are due April 22.
Austin Community College District 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: 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