ACC Bond Projects: Highland Campus

Preparing students for high-demand careers

Phase II of the Highland Campus project will create a regional workforce innovation center that will train students for the jobs that are driving the Central Texas economy.

Feature Approx. Sq. Ft.
Creative Digital Media Center TBD
Health Sciences/STEM Regional Simulation Center TBD
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Center TBD
Continuing Education TBD
Regional Workforce Center TBD

Project at-a-glance*

  • Budget: $152.8 million
  • Total area: 415,000 SF
  • Enrollment capacity: 13,000 students
  • Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Perkins+Will
  • Contractor Manager at Risk: Flintco
  • ACC Project Manager: Pamela Collier

*Actual costs and timelines may vary as project teams are assigned and designs are finalized.

Highland Campus project latest updates

Follow our progress as we transform the former Highland Mall into an advanced center for workforce training and lifelong learning. You also can view detailed monthly construction reports on ACC’s Facilities and Construction Office webpage.


Board selects Highland Construction-Manager At-Risk

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Flincto as the construction-manager-at-risk for Highland Campus Phase II. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the seven submitted proposals, oversaw Highland Phase I, which converted the former JC Penney store … Continue reading

Highland Street Rendering

ACC Highland street names pay tribute to college’s past

The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees approved street names for the Highland development. The names pay tribute to the college’s heritage and individuals who guided its growth. Trustees also approved the name for a … Continue reading

Highland Campus

Board hears CM-at-Risk proposals

Three Construction-Manager-at-Risk firm finalists — Flintco, SpawGlass, and DPR presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected in September.


Highland phase II recent activity

ACC staff continues to lay the foundation for construction on the 2014 bond projects, including phase II renovations for the Highland Campus. As project teams are confirmed, each project will be thoroughly evaluated to finalize … Continue reading


Board selects BGK Architects for Phase II

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects as the architect/engineering team for Highland Campus Phase II. BGK Architects oversaw Phase I, which converted the former JC Penney store into the ACC Highland Campus … Continue reading


Board hears architect proposals

Three architectural/engineering firm finalists — Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, O’Connell Robertson, and Page Southerland — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by summer.

Continued renovation of ACC Highland is among the proposed projects.

Highland Mall closes to public

Highland Mall closes to the public so that pre-construction and abatement work can begin on the 44-year old structure. Previously renovated areas will remain open to support college programs and partnerships. They include ACC Highland … Continue reading


RFQs for Highland phase II architect issued

ACC has issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architects to design Phase II of the Highland Campus based on the college’s Academic Master Plan. Candidates are expected to present to the ACC board in May.


Voters pass bond propositions

Voters approved two bond propositions totaling $386 million for capital improvements. Projects include: ACC Highland Phase II: Regional career and technical training center Rio Grande Campus: Renovations to the 100-year old main campus building Leander … Continue reading

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