Hays Campus: Community celebrates Public Safety Training Center grand opening

Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus Grand Opening Ribbon Cutting

On Tuesday, August 21, 2018, ACC unveiled its new emergency response training facility during the grand opening celebration of Hays Campus Phase 2. The new Public Safety Training Center features advanced training facilities for first responders including a force-on-force room, a firing range, and an emergency vehicle operator course (EVOC) along with specialty classrooms.

The expansion at Hays Campus provides advanced facilities for ACC students in first responders programs as well as law enforcement agencies in the region.

The Public Safety Training Center at Hays Campus was the college’s third grand opening celebration of projects funded by the 2014 GO bonds.

Hays Campus Phase 2: Center Officially Named

Hays Phase 2 - April 2018 Aerial
Hays Phase 2 - April 2018 Aerial
Courtesy: Vaughn Construction

Progress continues at the Hays Campus Phase 2 training facilities. Designed for first responders and the college’s Criminal Justice program, the facility has been named the ACC Public Safety Training Center (PSTC). It includes a driving training course and firing range as well as classrooms, offices, and a simunitions center.



Community leaders, first responders join groundbreaking celebration

ACC President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes visits with students from the Hays High School Criminal Justice Club.

Community leaders, area first responders, and friends joined Austin Community College May 9 for a ceremonial groundbreaking for the Hays Campus phase 2 project.

Guest speakers acknowledged the partnerships supporting the project, and said the future first responder center will prepare students for “real-world jobs that match real-world needs.”

The center will benefit students in ACC’s  criminal justice and emergency medical services programs and serve as a resource for local agencies seeking facilities for continuing education and re-certification.

View photos from the event at Groundbreaking celebrates future Hays Campus first responder center.

Hays design work continues; parking lot construction to begin

Architectural programming for Hays Campus Phase 2 is complete, and schematic design is underway. Plans for the 38 acres to be developed include an indoor firing range, an emergency vehicle operation course, a simunitions/classroom building, and a swift-water rescue course.

Construction on a new parking lot is scheduled to begin July 25 and is expected to be complete by the end of October.

Board selects Brinkley Sargent Wiginton for Phase 2

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Brinkley Sargent Wiginton as the architect/engineering firm for Hays Campus Phase 2. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of the seven submitted proposals, will oversee construction of the campus’s first responders center. The board will next review candidates for the construction manager at-risk for Phase 2. Selection is expected by February.

RFQ for architect issued

ACC Hays Campus

ACC has issued a Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals for an architectural/engineering firm for Hays Campus Phase 2. Submissions are due August 13. The finalists are expected to present to the ACC Board of Trustees in November.