On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, ACC unveiled phase 2 of Round Rock Campus during a grand opening celebration. The new building features the college’s third ACCelerator with approximately 140 computers, advanced classrooms, and state-of-the-art science labs as well as a social staircase where students can gather to relax or study.
The expansion at Round Rock Campus also allows for continued growth of ACC’s health sciences programs. Renovations are currently underway to provide three new beds to the nursing and cardiac sonography simulation labs.
The event marks an important milestone for the college’s capital improvement projects. It follows three other grand openings held this year for voter-approved 2014 bond projects: The Elgin Campus phase 2, with Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneur program facilities; the new San Gabriel Campus in Leander; and the Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus, which offers the college’s first regional law enforcement training center.
ACC will celebrate the grand opening of Round Rock Campus Phase 2 at a ribbon-cutting ceremony 10 to 11: 30 a.m. Wednesday, September 26.
The event will feature a brief program and tours of the new building. Phase 2 includes the college’s third ACCelerator learning environment, general education classrooms and labs, and a social staircase.
The community also is invited to tour all of Round Rock Campus and explore the programs and facilities that are available.
Building 8000 will consist of a 200 computer ACCelerator lab, classrooms, and office space. This project also includes a new parking lot on the west side of campus. The parking lot has achieved substantial completion and is open to the public. Landscaping replacement is complete. Masonry repairs are ongoing. Building 8000 has power and the ACCelerator ceiling has been painted. Interior tape, float and paint is ongoing.
ACC and its construction partners celebrated progress at Round Rock Campus Phase 2 with a topping out celebration Friday, September 15. Construction crews, crafts workers, architects, engineers, and others on the project team gathered to sign a steel beam that will be placed in a stairwell of the new building. Phase 2 is expected to open in 2018. See photos from the event and a brief video. More information here.
The crawlspace excavation for the new building is complete and piers have been drilled and poured. The elevator pit slab has been placed and pit wall construction is ongoing. Crews also have begun installing underground site utilities.
The concrete slab for the building’s first floor is scheduled to be complete by the end of June, to be followed by the second and third floor slabs. Structural steel installation is scheduled to be complete mid-August.
SpawGlass, the project’s construction manager at-risk, is tweeting updates about the project using the Twitter handle @ACC_RR_Phase 2.
A new 301-space parking lot is now open on the north side of ACC’s Round Rock Campus (north of parking lot K).
The additional spaces will ease parking congestion during the construction of a new classroom building west of Building 2000. Security cameras and emergency call boxes are located throughout the lot for safety.
More than 250 guests joined Austin Community College at a ceremonial groundbreaking for phase 2 of its Round Rock Campus.
ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes and other guest speakers emphasized the importance of the partnerships behind the campus.
“ACC provides a vital link between schools and the business community,” said Round Rock City Council Member Writ Baese.
Round Rock Chamber of Commerce President Mike Odom also said Round Rock Campus programs are a direct reflection of community needs.
“When we support our community college, we’re supporting our own future,” he said. “There is no more critical time for us to be investing in our workforce, and this new structure will do that.”
The construction and renovations will expand campus capacity by 1,000 students and add specialized facilities for programs like nursing, sonography, and surgical technology. The project will add an ACCelerator lab with more than 140 computer stations for self-paced online learning supported by onsite faculty, tutors, and librarians.
A new 45,000 square-foot general education building is scheduled to open summer 2018. Renovations are scheduled to be complete in fall 2018 (buildings 2000 and 3000) and spring 2019 (building 1000).