ACC Bond Projects: Rio Grande Campus

Preserving 100 years of learning with innovation

A vibrant component of downtown Austin, Rio Grande Campus opened in 1975 in the historic building that housed the original Austin High School.

In summer 2017, a renovation project will start and provide critically needed updates to the nearly 100-year old main campus building. Plans are to preserve the history, while providing state-of-the art classrooms, innovative labs, and accelerated learning environments.

Renovation Schedule

During the renovation project, the campus remains open and classes for programs such as American Sign Language-Interpreter Training, Human Services, and Paralegal continue in Building 3000. Core curriculum courses also are available in Building 3000 along with limited academic support services. The Main Building (Building 1000) will close in summer 2017 and reopen in 2019.

Other programs historically offered at Rio Grande Campus will move beginning fall 2017. For example, Arts and Humanities programs including drama, dance, and art will move to ACC Highland.

Project at-a-glance*

  • Budget: $49 million
  • Architect: Studio 8 Architects
  • Construction manager at Risk: Bartlett-Cocke
  • ACC Project Manager: Paul Mason

*Final costs and timelines subject to change.

Project updates

Rio Grande Campus

Rio Grande design work continues; renovation groundbreaking planned

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 classrooms have closed, and faculty and staff are relocating to other campuses during the summer. The campus remains open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000. Design … Continue reading

Rio Grande Campus

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 to close

The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will close mid-May. The campus will remain open to students, offering more than 100 classes in Building 3000. The main building is expected to reopen in fall … Continue reading

Board selects construction manager

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Bartlett-Cocke as the construction-manager-at-risk for Rio Grande Campus. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the 11 submitted proposals, oversaw Building 3000 renovations at Rio Grande Campus.

Rio Grande's Building 3000

Board hears CM proposals

Three construction-manager firm finalists — Flintco, Bartlett-Cocke, and SpawGlass — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by February.

Board selects architect/engineering team

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Studio 8 Architects (HUB) as the lead architect/engineering team for Rio Grande Campus. The firm is one of three finalists considered out of the 12 submitted proposals. Studio 8 Architects … Continue reading

Rio Grande Campus

Board hears architect proposals

Three architectural/engineering firm finalists — Studio 8 Architects, Page, and Stantec Architecture — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected in November.

Rio Grande's Building 3000

Rio Grande Campus project latest updates

Follow our progress as we expand programs and services at the Rio Grande Campus. The historic main campus building will be fully restored and updated as indicated in the 2014 bond program. Selection of Architect/Engineer … Continue reading

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