ACC Bond Projects: Hays Campus

Public Safety Training Center at Hays campus photos taken on Wednesday, July 18, 2018.


State-of-the-art training for first responders

The ACC Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus opened in fall 2018. The new first-responder center will prepare ACC students for critical front-line roles in law enforcement and emergency medical services.

The project is phase 2 of Hays Campus. The main campus serves nearly 1,700 students in transferable core curriculum courses, college-readiness classes, and the Pathway co-enrollment program with Texas State University. Degrees offered include criminal justice, computer information technology, and office administration.


  • 50-yard tactical indoor firing range with 12 double-wide lanes.
  • 7,000 square-foot climate controlled force-on-force modular training room.
  • Defensive tactics training room.
  • 19-acre emergency vehicle operator course, known as EVOC.
  • Outdoor areas for emergency medical training.
  • Specially-outfitted tiered classrooms for emergency response training.

Project at-a-glance

  • Budget: $22.4 million
  • Total area: Two buildings totaling 40,000 square feet; training track on 19 acres
  • Architect: Brinkley Sargent Wiginton
  • Construction Manager at Risk: JT Vaughn Construction
  • ACC Project Manager: Deborah Ford Femat

Project updates

Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

Hays Campus: Community celebrates Public Safety Training Center grand opening

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, ACC unveiled its new emergency response training facility during the grand opening celebration of Hays Campus Phase 2. The new Public Safety Training Center features advanced training facilities for first responders including a … Continue reading

Hays Phase 2 - April 2018 Aerial

Hays Campus Phase 2: Center Officially Named

Progress continues at the Hays Campus Phase 2 training facilities. Designed for first responders and the college’s Criminal Justice program, the facility has been named the ACC Public Safety Training Center (PSTC). It includes a driving training course and firing … Continue reading

Hays Campus: Phase 2 Tops Out

On November 15 a topping out ceremony was held at Hays Campus to celebrate the halfway point of construction. Read more and view photos >

Community leaders, first responders join groundbreaking celebration

Community leaders, area first responders, and friends joined Austin Community College May 9 for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Hays Campus phase 2 project. Guest speakers acknowledged the partnerships supporting the project, and said the … Continue reading

Hays design work continues; parking lot construction to begin

Architectural programming for Hays Campus Phase 2 is complete, and schematic design is underway. Plans for the 38 acres to be developed include an indoor firing range, an emergency vehicle operation course, a simunitions/classroom building, … Continue reading

Board selects construction manager for Phase 2

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected JT Vaughn Construction as the construction manager for Hays Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the 10 submitted proposals, have completed more than 600 … Continue reading

Board selects Brinkley Sargent Wiginton for Phase 2

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Brinkley Sargent Wiginton as the architect/engineering firm for Hays Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the seven submitted proposals, will oversee construction of the … Continue reading

Board hears architect/engineering firm proposals

Three architectural/engineering firm finalists —Brinkley Sargent Wiginton, Randall Scott, and Gensler — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected in December.  

ACC Hays Campus

RFQ for architect issued

ACC has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals for an architectural/engineering firm for Hays Campus Phase 2. Submissions are due August 13. The finalists are expected to present to the ACC Board … Continue reading

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