Board of Trustees briefs: FY 16 budget; Leander Campus architect

Seal-DISTRICT2015-16 budget approved

At its July 6 regular session, The Austin Community College District Board of Trustees approved a $313 million budget for 2015-16. The balanced budget represents a 10 percent increase over the 2014-15 budget, due largely to debt service on outstanding bonds and increased employee compensation costs. Read more at ACC board approves 2015-16 budget.

Leander Campus architect named

The board selected Pfluger Associates as the lead architect/engineering team for the planned Leander Campus. The Texas-based firm, one of four finalists considered, specializes in educational facility planning, design, and construction administration.

The board is expected to select the construction manager at-risk for the campus in the fall. See more at ACC selects Pfluger Associates for Leander Campus construction.

Highland tract sale

The next phase of redevelopment at ACC Highland is underway. The board authorized President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes to execute the sale of an option tract at ACC Highland. RedLeaf Properties plans to partner with Greystar Real Estate Partners to develop a multi-family community on the property. Read more at ACC Highland’s first residences on the way.

Land purchase for future Workforce Training Center

At their June 15 work session, trustees authorized Dr. Rhodes to execute a contract to purchase land in southeast Travis County for a future career and technical education center. The college is under contract to purchase more than 100 acres near SH 130. It will begin the due diligence process soon and expects to close on the property later this year.

The land purchase was approved by voters in the November 2014 bond referendum.

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