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.

Crews begin construction

Construction crews have started the next phase of development at Elgin Campus. Site work for the project currently includes moving dirt, trenching, leveling off land, etc. Phase 2 is scheduled to be completed for classes beginning spring 2018.

Groundbreaking celebrates Round Rock Campus additions

The phase 2 project includes a new general education building and renovations to existing facilities.

More than 250 guests joined Austin Community College at a ceremonial groundbreaking for phase 2 of its Round Rock Campus.

ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes and other guest speakers emphasized the importance of the partnerships behind the campus.

“ACC provides a vital link between schools and the business community,” said Round Rock City Council Member Writ Baese.

Round Rock Chamber of Commerce President Mike Odom also said Round Rock Campus programs are a direct reflection of community needs.

“When we support our community college, we’re supporting our own future,” he said. “There is no more critical time for us to be investing in our workforce, and this new structure will do that.”

A campus ACCelerator will have more than 140 computer stations.

The construction and renovations will expand campus capacity by 1,000 students and add specialized facilities for programs like nursing, sonography, and surgical technology. The project will add an ACCelerator lab with more than 140 computer stations for self-paced online learning supported by onsite faculty, tutors, and librarians.

A new 45,000 square-foot general education building is scheduled to open summer 2018. Renovations are scheduled to be complete in fall 2018 (buildings 2000 and 3000) and spring 2019 (building 1000).