ACC Bond Projects: ACC Highland

Highland Phase 2 Riverbat Exterior

Preparing students for high-demand careers

In 2010 ACC began a revolutionary project to transform the aging Highland Mall in Central Austin into a state-of-the-art college campus and regional center for workforce training and lifelong learning.

ACC Highland is now a forward-looking learning environment that anchors a planned mixed-use development with apartments, retailers, businesses, and hotels.

The first phase of ACC Highland is the Highland Campus (HLC). HLC opened in August 2014 and features classrooms, a library, study areas, and the ACCelerator, the nation’s largest computer learning lab.

Phase 2 of the project adds flexible, advanced facilities for the cutting-edge career-technical education and hands-on experience needed for today’s jobs.

Feature Approx. Sq. Ft.
Creative Digital Media Center 124,900
Health Sciences/STEM Regional Simulation Center 14,000
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Center 19,600
Continuing Education 12,400
Workforce Center 21,300

Project at-a-glance*

  • Budget: $152.8 million
  • Total area: 415,000 SF
  • Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Perkins+Will
  • Construction Manager at Risk: Flintco
  • ACC Project Manager: Pamela Collier
  • Expected Completion: Spring/Summer 2020
  • Classes Begin: Fall 2020

*Final costs and timelines subject to change.

Project updates

Highland Greenway Park

ACC Highland: First park opens Saturday, May 12

The first of three parks for Highland will open to the community Saturday, May 12. A kick-off celebration is scheduled for 1 to 3 p.m. at the Highland Greenway Park, located off Clayton Lane next … Continue reading

ACC Highland: Construction begins

Construction is set to begin on ACC Highland Phase 2 that will add advanced facilities to prepare students for high-demand careers and nurture local business growth. Community leaders and friends joined ACC September 21 for … Continue reading

ACC Highland celebrates Phase 2 groundbreaking

Construction is set to begin on ACC Highland Phase 2. Community leaders and friends joined the college September 21 for a ceremonial groundbreaking featuring President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes, Sen. Kirk Watson, Austin Mayor Steve Adler, Travis … Continue reading

Highland pre-construction work continues

Teams have completed design development. Abatement is complete and interior demolition is nearing completion. Crews have begun installing a separation wall to seal off the construction area. Construction is ongoing for temporary space in Building … Continue reading

Work progresses on Highland site infrastructure

Architectural programming for ACC Highland Phase 2 is complete. Site utilities and internal roadways in the west and south side of the site are near completion. Abatement of the former mall building is underway and … Continue reading

Board selects Highland Construction-Manager At-Risk

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Flincto as the construction-manager-at-risk for Highland Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the seven submitted proposals, oversaw Highland Phase 1, which converted the former JC Penney store … Continue reading

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 2 recent activity

ACC staff continues to lay the foundation for construction on the 2014 bond projects, including phase 2 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 2

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects as the architect/engineering team for Highland Campus Phase 2. BGK Architects oversaw Phase 1, which converted the former JC Penney store into the ACC Highland Campus … Continue reading

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