On Wednesday, September 26, 2018, ACC unveiled phase 2 of Round Rock Campus during a grand opening celebration. The new building features the college’s third ACCelerator with approximately 140 computers, advanced classrooms, and state-of-the-art science labs as well as a social staircase where students can gather to relax or study.
The expansion at Round Rock Campus also allows for continued growth of ACC’s health sciences programs. Renovations are currently underway to provide three new beds to the nursing and cardiac sonography simulation labs.
The event marks an important milestone for the college’s capital improvement projects. It follows three other grand openings held this year for voter-approved 2014 bond projects: The Elgin Campus phase 2, with Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agricultural Entrepreneur program facilities; the new San Gabriel Campus in Leander; and the Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus, which offers the college’s first regional law enforcement training center.
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.”
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).
ACC’s Board of Trustees selected SpawGlass as the construction manager at-risk for Round Rock Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of four finalists considered out of the eight submitted proposals, oversaw Round Rock Campus Phase 1 as well as construction of the Rio Grande Campus parking garage.