Austin Community College (ACC) will close its Pinnacle Campus beginning summer 2018 for a minimum of two years to evaluate needed repairs.While there is no immediate safety concern, the building requires extensive repairs and renovation to ensure continued safety, improve accessibility, and bring the building up to current code requirements. As determinations are made, updates will be posted here.
May 31, 2018 Pinnacle closes to public, remains open to faculty and staff
July 31, 2018 Pinnacle closes to all
April 13, 2018 – Summer classes have been rescheduled to nearby campuses. Updated schedules are available at austincc.edu/summer.
The effort to relocate Pinnacle faculty and staff to nearby campuses is progressing ahead of schedule. Most will receive either their first or second choice for relocation. Communications regarding assignments will be coming soon from the appropriate area lead. For example, student services staff will receive notification from Dr. Virginia Fraire, Vice President of Student Services, and faculty will receive notification from Mike Midgley, Vice President of Instruction.
These transitions will occur over the summer with a goal of completing all moves by July 31, 2018. The offices of Facilities and Construction and Safety and Operations will coordinate the moves.
Frequently Asked Questions
Why is Pinnacle Closing?
The college is taking steps to prevent a potential safety issue and/or a significant operational disruption in the future and moving forward with a thorough evaluation of needed repairs and renovation to make the building safe, accessible, and compliant with current codes.
What’s wrong with Pinnacle?
Built in 1984 as a speculative office building, the 10-story tower has numerous deficiencies in the areas of accessibility, deferred maintenance, mechanical systems (HVAC, electrical, etc.), vertical circulation (elevators), and functionality (undersized spaces). Many classrooms and spaces are too small and not meeting collegewide standards.
Additionally, in January 2017, a frozen pipe on the 10th floor caused water damage to the south stairwell. Repairs were made; however, further assessments identified additional issues with the building’s facade and accessibility standards.
With the opening of new and expanded facilities in fall 2018, the college is well positioned to relocate students, faculty, staff, and classes to other campuses without any reduction in staff.
Where will classes and employees go?
The goal is to move classes and faculty to nearby campuses. In some cases, employees may prefer to relocate to the San Gabriel or Round Rock campuses. Pinnacle faculty and staff will have priority on those assignments.
Where can students get student services?
Student services remain available at all ACC campus locations. The closest campuses to Pinnacle are:
- Riverside Campus, 1020 Grove Boulevard, Austin, Texas 78741
- RVS Welcome Desk: 512-223-6201 or 512-223-6015
- South Austin Campus, 1820 W. Stassney Lane, Austin, TX 78745
- SAC Welcome Desk: 512-223-9141
- Hays Campus, 1200 Kohlers Crossing, Kyle, Texas 78640
- HYC Welcome Desk: 512-223-1515 or 512-262-6515
Who can assist students with registration?
The Pinnacle Student Services team is available to assist with summer and fall registration until the campus closes to the public on May 31, 2018. After the campus closes, students may:
- Schedule an in-person or virtual advising appointment at the campus most convenient to you by calling their Welcome Desk (see list above).
- Visit with your instructional program’s department chair or a full-time faculty member. See instructional departments and divisions directory.
- A comprehensive list of resources for students may be found here: http://www.austincc.edu/students
How long will Pinnacle remain closed?
The campus will remain closed for a minimum of two years to allow sufficient time for proper assessment, permitting, repairs, and renovations.
If you have a comment or question that does not appear on the frequently asked questions (FAQs), please contact us.