ACC Bond Projects: ACC Highland

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Preparing students for high-demand careers

In 2010 ACC began a revolutionary project to transform the aging Highland Mall in Central Austin into a state-of-the-art college campus and regional center for workforce training and lifelong learning.

ACC Highland is now a forward-looking learning environment that anchors a planned mixed-use development with apartments, retailers, businesses, and hotels.

The first phase of ACC Highland is the Highland Campus (HLC). HLC opened in August 2014 and features classrooms, a library, study areas, and the ACCelerator, the nation’s largest computer learning lab.

Phase 2 of the project adds flexible, advanced facilities for the cutting-edge career-technical education and hands-on experience needed for today’s jobs.

Feature Approx. Sq. Ft.
Creative Digital Media Center 124,900
Health Sciences/STEM Regional Simulation Center 14,000
Culinary Arts & Hospitality Management Center 19,600
Continuing Education 12,400
Workforce Center 21,300

Project at-a-glance*

  • Budget: $152.8 million
  • Total area: 415,000 SF
  • Architect: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and Perkins+Will
  • Construction Manager at Risk: Flintco
  • ACC Project Manager: Pamela Collier
  • Expected Completion: 2021
  • Classes Begin: 2021

*Final costs and timelines subject to change.

Project updates

November 2020 | ACC Highland Phase 2
December 22, 2020, 9:40 pm

October 2020 | ACC Highland Phase 2
November 4, 2020, 10:49 pm

September 2020 | ACC Highland Phase 2
September 30, 2020, 3:43 pm

July/August 2020 | ACC Highland Phase 2
September 29, 2020, 10:31 pm

Highland Redevelopment Project

A new Austin neighborhood rich in history, energy, and opportunity.

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One Reply to “ACC Bond Projects: ACC Highland”

  1. As the Project Director (for the Rouse Company) of Highland Mall which opened in 1972 and operated successfully for 30 years, I am excited to learn about the fabulous reuse of this facility. The development process back then was greatly aided by the City of Austin and and its wonderful citizenry which were welcoming in all respects. As my first major project for the Rouse Company, it was a joy to have been evolved both with the project and the City.

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