February 2020 | ACC Highland Phase 2

Interior finishes and specialties are being installed and drywall finishing is ongoing. Overhead acoustical panel installation is ongoing. Cabinetry and built-in desks continue to be installed. Culinary equipment is being installed. Signage installation has begun. Restroom accessory installation is about to begin. Tile work, carpet, and other flooring activities are ongoing. Decorative metal railing posts have been installed at the open stairs and perforated panels will be installed in March. Glass railing at floor openings is complete. Three of the five elevators are complete. Cable tray installation, wire pulling, and pipe insulation are nearly complete.

Exterior metal panel activities are ongoing on the upper paseo. Paseo waterproofing is nearly complete and elevated concrete topping slab will be poured soon afterward. Sitework is currently ongoing in the paseo and on the west side. Sidewalks are being installed. Landscaping and finishes to begin shortly.

February 2020 | Rio Grande Campus Renovations

Persistent rainy, damp conditions slowed the rate of progress a bit in February, but construction continued to progress well.

Spray foam insulation applied to exterior walls has been completed on levels 1 and 2 and continues on level 3. Drywall installation in the electrical rooms on level 0 is complete. About 80 percent of the electrical conduit and air conditioning ductwork has been run overhead on level 3 and is 95 percent complete on the lower levels.

Construction crews are 25 percent complete with roofing the whole building. Despite the bad weather, the entire roof should be installed by the first or second week of March. Once the roof is complete and attached to the parapet walls, the building will be essentially “dried in,” which allows crews to make much more steady progress inside the building with installing drywall and finishing it in other areas of the building.

Crews are in the process of installing the metal clad wood windows on the inward facing atrium walls in both the north and south atrium. The steel windows are being painted and new glazing is being installed window by window. The atrium steel structural frames are 100 percent installed and the suspended ceiling hangers that provide the backing for the decorative ceiling finishes are also 100 percent installed in both atriums. Construction crews are now ready to start installation of the roof pillows, which will dry-in the atriums when their new roofs are completed. This installation should take about 2 to 3 weeks, pending good weather.

The installation of roof penthouse mechanical equipment is complete. Ductwork and piping is now being installed to connect the equipment to chase ductwork, pumps, and chilled water piping. Hardie-plank siding is also now onsite and ready to be installed on the exterior penthouse walls.

In the core of the building, the central stair is now poured with concrete and able to be accessed. On level 0, the main electrical switchgear is being installed in the main electrical room. Electrical lines are being run through pathways underground from this room over to the newly constructed Austin Energy (AE) vault at the northwest corner of the Annex in the north parking lot. The vault is complete and waiting for AE to deliver and install new transformers. This work is also pending the completion of new electrical lines being buried in trenches cut into 13½ Street, which is work being performed by a separate AE subcontractor. These lines will connect the primary AE electrical cabling under Rio Grande Street that serves the whole area to the vault to help establish permanent power for the building. This work will take another 2 or so weeks to complete and the building is expected to have permanent power around April 1.

Districtwide electrical system updates continue

Work on air-conditioning and ventilation systems at Cypress Creek Campus is underway; a second phase of the work will be performed before the fall semester.

Electrical system upgrades and preventative maintenance are ongoing at Pinnacle and Riverside campuses and at Highland Building 4000. Systems at Northridge, Eastview, Cypress Creek, and Round Rock campuses also will be upgraded. Safer, updated systems will be easier to maintain and will lessen the impact of power failures.

New lighting is being installed at Riverside Campus gym.

Staff from the Building and Grounds Office also are working with construction design teams to incorporate energy-efficient, easy-to-maintain electrical systems in new facilities.

Rio Grande design work continues; renovation groundbreaking planned

Rio Grande Campus

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 development for the building’s renovation and restoration continues. ACC teams and project architects are working with preservationists to ensure plans reflect the original building design and intent. Plans will be presented to the City of Austin’s Historic Landmark Commission for approval this summer.

On July 22 college representatives will gather with the community to celebrate the Rio Grande Campus Renovation Groundbreaking for the 100-year-old facility.

Pre-construction demolition and abatement is scheduled to begin late summer and continue through the end of the year.

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 4000 to house fine arts, performing arts, and computer science programs that are relocating from Rio Grande Campus. Meanwhile, the college is meeting with future user groups to identify furniture and equipment needs

A Request for Qualifications has been issued to solicit proposals for the design and construction of a parking garage on the southeast side of the former mall.

Topping-out celebrated as framework is completed

Construction crews, architects, and engineers joined college and community leaders for a topping-out celebration June 7 at the campus site. See photos from the event and a brief video about the project at ACC San Gabriel Campus marks construction milestone.

Foundations have been poured. Crews are installing exterior framing and the middle structure is being set. Above-ceiling work (fire sprinkler pipe, duct work, plumbing lines, and electrical conduit/boxes) continues in the building’s east wing. The concrete masonry core of the west-wing stair/elevator tower is complete.

Proposals for campus streets not previously named will be submitted to the City of Leander.

A live webcam on the ACC Bond Projects: San Gabriel Campus webpage shows the campus taking shape in real time.

ACC purchases 124 acres for future regional workforce center

Austin Community College has completed its purchase of approximately 124 acres of land in southeast Travis County.

The college plans to use the site for a future regional workforce center that will provide much-needed space for programs such as automotive technology, building construction technology, heating, air conditioning and refrigeration technology, welding technology, jewelry, and more.

“ACC is committed to developing advanced facilities that will prepare students for in-demand jobs,” says ACC President/CEO Dr. Rhodes. “There are currently thousands of unfilled jobs in Central Texas. We are grateful for the voters’ support. With that, we are building the facilities and expanding programs that will train the workforce of today and tomorrow.”

The $10.5 million purchase is financed through bonds approved by voters in November 2014.

Rio Grande Campus Building 1000 to close

Rio Grande Campus

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 2019.

Rio Grande Building 1000
The main building at the Rio Grande Campus will be renovated with state-of-the-art classrooms and modern spaces.

The college has worked to minimize disruption to current and future students. Some classes are moving to nearby campuses including Highland, Eastview, and Riverside. A small number of classes have been converted to distance learning courses or hybrid courses that combine classroom and online learning.

Campus offices and faculty will begin moving in late May and early June. Over the summer Arts and Humanities programs will begin their permanent move to ACC Highland inside the former mall area, where they will be housed with a future Creative and Digital Arts Center. The college’s American Sign Language & Interpreter Training and Human Services program departments, as well as Rio Grande campus management and police, will be in Building 3000 during construction.