ACC Bond Projects: ACC Highland

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
  • 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.

Project updates

ACC 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

ACC celebrates Bioscience Incubator

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

Work progresses on Highland site infrastructure

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

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

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.

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