March 2019 | Rio Grande Campus Renovations

At Rio Grande Campus, crews have completed pouring walls at the north basement mechanical room and are working on electrical and telecom systems. Metal wall framing also has gone up on the second and third floors, walls are being installed in the south atrium, and crews are pouring columns in the campus ACCelerator. In the coming weeks, work will focus on window removal and duct installation.

Rio Grande Campus: Abatement nearing completion

As of November 21, the non-structural demolition and abatement of Bldg. 1000 is 60 percent complete. The third floor and second floor are completely cleaned out. All hazardous materials have been removed from those floors. The abatement subcontractor, ARC Abatement, is working on the first floor and will move down the basement during winter intersession. All non-structural demolition and abatement will be completed by the end of March 2018, and the renovation of the building will begin. The construction phase will continue for two years.

ACC celebrates Rio Grande Campus groundbreaking

The Austin Community College District (ACC) breaks ground on renovations at its Rio Grande Campus 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10. The event is free and open to the public.

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“This campus represents a legacy of learning that spans more than a century,” says Dr. Richard Rhodes, ACC president/CEO. “As we re-envision the future of education at Rio Grande Campus, ACC remains committed to honoring its history.”

The Rio Grande Campus Main Building was originally Austin High School and became an ACC campus in 1975. Renovations will preserve its architectural features and update facilities. Scheduled to open in late 2019, plans feature:

  • A three-level, 168-seat ACCelerator learning lab — integrated with a campus library and spaces for academic coaching and small group sessions.
  • Two enclosed courtyards – one to serve as a commons area for studying and relaxing, and second suitable for group gatherings. Special roof material will permit natural, ambient light.

    Courtesy: Studio8 Architects

  • Six science labs.
  • Expanded spaces for ACC’s Deaf and hard-of-hearing community.
  • High-speed Internet network with building-wide wireless access.
  • Park-like outdoor spaces.

Project teams will protect the building’s rich heritage during construction. The façade will be preserved, while new flooring and finishes will combine design elements of the past with modern-day conveniences.

Courtesy: Studio8 Architects


Rio Grande design work continues; renovation groundbreaking planned

Rio Grande Campus

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 classrooms have closed, and faculty and staff are relocating to other campuses during the summer. The campus remains open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000.

Design development for the building’s renovation and restoration continues. ACC teams and project architects are working with preservationists to ensure plans reflect the original building design and intent. Plans will be presented to the City of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission for approval this summer.

On July 22 college representatives will gather with the community to celebrate the Rio Grande Campus Renovation Groundbreaking for the 100-year-old facility.

Pre-construction demolition and abatement is scheduled to begin late summer and continue through the end of the year.

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 to close

Rio Grande Campus

The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will close mid-May. The campus will remain open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000. The main building is expected to reopen in fall 2019.

Rio Grande Building 1000
The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will be renovated with state-of-the-art classrooms and modern spaces.

The college has worked to minimize disruption to current and future students. Some classes are moving to nearby campuses including Highland, Eastview, and Riverside. A small number of classes have been converted to distance learning courses or hybrid courses that combine classroom and online learning.

Campus offices and faculty will begin moving in late May and early June. Over the summer Arts and Humanities programs will begin their permanent move to ACC Highland inside the former mall area, where they will be housed with a future Creative and Digital Arts Center. The college’s American Sign Language & Interpreter Training and Human Services program departments, as well as Rio Grande campus management and police, will be in Building 3000 during construction.

Board selects construction manager

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Bartlett-Cocke as the construction-manager-at-risk for Rio Grande Campus. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the 11 submitted proposals, oversaw Building 3000 renovations at Rio Grande Campus.

Board hears CM proposals

Rio Grande's Building 3000

Three construction-manager firm finalists — Flintco, Bartlett-Cocke, and SpawGlass — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by February.

Board selects architect/engineering team

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Studio 8 Architects (HUB) as the lead architect/engineering team for Rio Grande Campus. The firm is one of three finalists considered out of the 12 submitted proposals. Studio 8 Architects ranked highest among the three finalists according to staff evaluations with a score of 89.3% compared to 82.7% and 82.3%. The board will next review candidates for the construction manager at- risk for Rio Grande Campus Phase II and is expected to award the project in February.