ACC Bond project update

Following are highlights of recent bond project activities. Bond project information and updates also can be found on the following webpages:

Round Rock Campus

ACC’s Board of Trustees selected SpawGlass as the construction manager at-risk for Round Rock Campus Phase II. The firm was one of four finalists considered out of eight submitted proposals. SpawGlass has worked with the college on past projects.

Elgin Campus

The Elgin Campus architectural design firm met with the campus’ steering committee on Friday, December 4, to begin planning for the $8.9 million expansion project.

Discussions focused on unique needs of the college’s Veterinary Technology and Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship programs, based at the campus.

Tentative plans for the Vet Tech Program include a surgical suite with 2-3 surgery tables, treatment areas, a radiology room, and feline and canine wards. Outdoor needs include pasture space for large animals such as cattle and horses, feed storage areas, and a cattle chute. The program anticipates instructional capacity for 48 first- and second-year students.

Proposed plans for a Sustainable Agriculture campus farm include five to 10 acres for rotational crop space and an orchard, 10 acres for pasture, a crop washing/packing area, climate-controlled food storage areas, and an industrial kitchen. The farm is to be certified organic, which impacts site planning for water runoff, buffer zones, wildlife habitat, and soil management. The architects will ensure facilities for both programs meet government and accreditation regulations.

Leander Campus

Project teams have completed architectural programming and have moved to the design phase for the new Leander Campus. During the next few months architects will define how campus components will work together and draft conceptual plans. Construction is expected to begin next September and take about two years.

The 106,000-square-foot building will include classrooms and science labs, space for a combined library, Learning Lab, and ACCelerator computer lab, administrative areas, and indoor and outdoor common areas. The campus will have an initial capacity of 2,000 ─ 2,500 students.

Architects plan to take advantage of the site’s natural landscape, which includes green belt and a section of Brushy Creek.

Land banking

ACC has completed a land-banking purchase of 124 acres in southeast Travis County (about one-half mile south of SH 71 at FM 973). The college plans to use the site for a future career-technical training center.

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