ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects as the architect/engineering team for Highland Campus Phase 2. BGK Architects oversaw Phase 1, which converted the former JC Penney store into the ACC Highland Campus including the ACCelerator, the nation’s largest learning lab. The board will next review candidates for the construction manager at-risk for Phase 2 and is expected to award the project in August.
Three architectural/engineering firm finalists — Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects, O’Connell Robertson, and Page Southerland — presented proposals to ACC’s Board of Trustees. Selection is expected by summer.
Highland Mall closes to the public so that pre-construction and abatement work can begin on the 44-year old structure. Previously renovated areas will remain open to support college programs and partnerships. They include ACC Highland Campus, ACC Veterans Resource Center, ACC Police Department, and Austin Playhouse.
ACC has issued Request for Qualifications (RFQ) for architects to design Phase 2 of the Highland Campus based on the college’s Academic Master Plan. Candidates are expected to present to the ACC board in May.
Voters approved two bond propositions totaling $386 million for capital improvements. Projects include:
- ACC Highland Phase 2: Regional career and technical training center
- Rio Grande Campus: Renovations to the 100-year old main campus building
- Leander Campus Phase 2: New campus construction on previously acquired property
- Hays Campus Phase 2: First-responders training center
- Elgin Campus Phase 2: Expanded agriculture and vet tech training facilities
- Round Rock Campus Phase 2: Expansion to accommodate program and enrollment growth
- Southeast Travis county land purchase for regional workforce center
- Districtwide renovations and upgrades for health, safety, sustainability, and technology