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.
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, such as Arts and Humanities programs including drama, dance, and art, moved to ACC Highland in fall 2017.
- 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.
As of November 21, the non-structural demolition and abatement of Bldg. 1000 is 60 percent complete. The third floor and second floor are completely cleaned out. All hazardous materials have been removed from those floors. … Continue reading
The Austin Community College District (ACC) breaks ground on renovations at its Rio Grande Campus 9 to 10:30 a.m. Thursday, August 10. The event is free and open to the public. Click here to RSVP … Continue reading
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
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
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.
Three construction-manager firm finalists — Flintco, Bartlett-Cocke, and SpawGlass — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by February.
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
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.
All Project Updates
February 27, 2018, 2:32 pm
New building and parking in place
February 27, 2018, 2:31 pm
Elgin Grand Opening
February 26, 2018, 6:04 pm
Elgin celebrates grand opening of Phase 2
February 14, 2018, 7:02 pm
On Track to Open in Spring
December 13, 2017, 6:08 pm