Bond project update: Summary of recent activity

ACC staff continues to lay the foundation for construction on the 2014 bond projects.

As project teams are confirmed, each project will be thoroughly evaluated to finalize plans, timelines, budget, and program space.

Project managers, architects, engineers, and construction managers at-risk will work with ACC’s facilities team, administration, and staff to coordinate site-specific permitting requirements (subdivision, site development, building, etc.) with design and construction to expedite the full scope of work. The intent is to accelerate each project but thoughtfully stagger openings.

ACC Highland

highlandWEB_BondProjects_Banner_960x367_acf_croppedSpace programming

Facilities and Construction team members met with administrators in mid-June to discuss options for narrowing down space requests. The team also is considering modifying the scope of work in phase II to accommodate renovations at Rio Grande Campus. Teams met on June 16, 18, and 25 to further address instructional program and space requirements.

Roof testing

Crews tested the roof deck in the east wing of the building. The deck in phase I renovations was more corroded than expected; the metal deck covering the east wing seems to be in good condition at the test locations.

Construction team

An evaluation committee has reviewed initial proposals from construction manager at-risk candidates. Finalists are scheduled to present to ACC’s Board of Trustees in August. Project architect Barnes Gromatsky Kosarek met with TEG (The Entermedia Group) consultants regarding small/local business enterprise program compliance.

New ACCPD offices

Construction is imminent for a new office suite for ACC District Police in the new portion of the building. Work is expected to wrap up in August.

Biotech wet lab

The design for the college’s biotechnology incubator will be complete by fall 2016.

General maintenance/site prep

Crews are performing needed site and utilities maintenance to support the abatement process. The college is seeking a proposal for a contract to remove storefront glass.

Leander Campus

Architect and CMaR

Trustees selected Pfluger Associates/SmithGroupJJR as the project architect. Architectural programming (the process of researching and making decisions about the design) is underway. ACC surveyed stakeholders about their needs and ideas for the campus as part of the programming process.

A Request for Qualifications (RFQ) to solicit proposals for a construction manager at-risk was issued in June.

Steering committee

The Leander Campus steering committee met in late June to discuss the overall vision for the campus, including academic programming, student life, campus administration, site operations, parking and transportation, and the role of the campus in the Leander community. The committee will share information with the architect.


Hays_IMG_7620_268x268thumbElgin & Hays Campuses

RFQs for an architect/engineer for the Elgin and Hays campus projects were issued July 8. Responses are due August 6 and 13, respectively. Presentations to ACC’s Board of Trustees are slated for November.


RRC_CampusShot1_268x268-150x150thumbRound Rock Campus

An RFQ for the project architect/engineer was issued on April 15.  Interviews were conducted July 14, with presentations expected at the board’s August 3 general meeting.

An RFQ for the construction manager at-risk was issued on July 22. Submissions are due September 3.

Southeast Travis County land banking

At its June 15 work session, ACC’s board authorized President/CEO Dr. Richard Rhodes to execute a contract to purchase land in southeast Travis County for a future career and technical education center. ACC is under contract to purchase more than 100 acres near SH 130. The college has begun the due diligence phase and is expected to close on property later this year.


The Facilities and Construction Office is securing the team needed to execute the bond program. Hiring is ongoing for project manager and project coordinator positions.

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