Bond projects update: Planning continues for Elgin, Round Rock campuses

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


ACC’s Office of Facilities & Construction hosted a meeting of the Elgin Campus Steering Committee on Friday, January 22, to explore site placement and facility options for the Sustainable Agriculture Entrepreneurship and the Veterinary Technology programs housed at the campus.

Since outdoor space is a primary consideration for both programs, O’Connell Robertson architects presented several site layouts and building configurations for the campus, which is bounded by a neighborhood subdivision to the north and major roadways to the south and west.

These career-technical programs are regulated by state, federal, and accrediting organizations, so facilities must meet specific standards. These include the appropriate placement of a planned organic farm, which will include a crop rotation field on tillable land, a grazing pasture, an orchard, and a work and teaching facility near the recently constructed greenhouse and teaching pavilion. The Veterinary Tech program’s facility design and placement adheres to standards for boarding and treating animals ranging from small pets to horses and cattle.

Based on discussions with program leaders, architects will develop a proposal for separate structures on different areas of the site and present plans at the next steering committee meeting. The college will host a groundbreaking for the greenhouse and teaching pavilion later this spring.


ACC Board of Trustees Chair Dr. Vic Villareal and Vice Chair Allen Kaplan proposed at the board’s February 1 meeting that the Leander Campus be named San Gabriel Campus recognizing its vicinity to the San Gabriel River. Trustees voted to refer the proposal to the Leander Campus Advisory Committee to solicit community input.

A groundbreaking for the campus is tentatively planned for later in the spring.

Rio Grande

At their February 1 regular meeting ACC’s Board of Trustees selected Bartlett-Cocke as the construction-manager-at-risk for the Rio Grande project. The firm, one of three finalists considered out of 11 submitted proposals, oversaw Building 3000 renovations at the campus.

Round Rock

ACC’s Office of Facilities & Construction is proposing that Round Rock Campus development occur in two phases starting with construction of a new 45,286-square-foot building followed by renovation of existing facilities. The proposal was presented at a campus steering committee meeting Thursday, January 21.

The new building is scheduled to open in summer 2018, with phase II renovations to be completed by fall 2018. When both phases are complete, the campus will feature:

  • A 12,085-square-foot ACCelerator/Learning Lab with 200 specially-equipped computer stations.
  • Increased capacity from 5,000 to 6,000 students.
  • 13 additional classrooms.
  • 25 additional faculty offices.
  • Expanded and improved student services areas.
  • Additional nursing simulation space and sonography patient bays.

The plan is pending review by the ACC president/CEO and executive vice president/provost, with construction set to begin March 2017.

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