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|
- Budget: $152.8 million
- Total area: 415,000 SF
- Projected opening enrollment capacity: 5,000 students
- Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Perkins+Will
- Construction Manager at Risk: Flintco
- ACC Project Manager: Pamela Collier
*Final costs and timelines subject to change.
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
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
Community members and friends joined Austin Community College January 31 to celebrate the grand opening of the ACC Bioscience Incubator. The event featured a ceremonial ribbon-cutting, music, food, and tours with demonstrations inside the new … Continue reading
Architectural programming for Highland Campus Phase II 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
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
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
Three Construction-Manager-at-Risk firm finalists — Flintco, SpawGlass, and DPR presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected in September.
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
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
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.
All Project Updates
Elgin celebrates grand opening of Phase 2
February 14, 2018, 7:02 pm
ACC celebrates Phase 2 groundbreaking
September 27, 2017, 12:54 pm
ACC celebrates Rio Grande Campus groundbreaking
July 24, 2017, 5:15 pm
Districtwide electrical system updates continue
June 14, 2017, 7:07 pm
Elgin site work progresses
June 14, 2017, 6:53 pm