Leander campus groundbreaking planned for April 21

Austin Community College District will host a ceremonial groundbreaking for its new Leander campus 10 a.m. Thursday, April 21, at the campus site at Hwy. 183A and Hero Way.

Details about the event will be communicated in the coming weeks.

The Leander campus fulfills a long-standing commitment to expand pathways to higher education and opportunity across Central Texas.

Leander Campus design phase begins

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*

Feature Approximate square footage
Classrooms 17,500
Library, Learning Lab, and ACCelerator computer lab 17,900
Science labs 4,800
Offices for faculty, administration, and police 8,600
Student Services areas 4,500
Common areas 8,000

*Sizes may fluctuate as designs are finalized.

 

Leander architect selected

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.

Leander steering committee meets

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

Non-ACC members
Dorothy Fojtik, Facility Programming and Consulting
Bryan Sibille, Facility Programming and Consulting

Board hears architect proposals

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.

Voters pass bond propositions

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