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Highland Campus Renovation

ACC Project Manager: Brian Morrow

Architect/Engineer: Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects (BGKA)

Construction Manager at Risk: Flintco, LLC

This section of Highland Mall (former Penneys) is an active construction site and is closed to visitors. This includes all ACC employees, students, and the public. Thank you for your cooperation.

The first phase of ACC’s Highland Mall project is under way as the college works alongside government and private commercial partners to develop a vision for the entire 80-acre site.

Phase One includes the complete renovation of the former J.C. Penney store to provide approximately 200,000 square feet of instructional space. The J.C. Penney will include the full range of campus features including classrooms, science labs, library, student services and offices. The renovation will allow the college to relocate up to 6,200 students from other campuses to permit renovation and expansion work at those locations over time.

The new facility will also feature specialized areas that allow for innovative learning formats, initially focused on mathematics. A math emporium will offer approximately 500 seats for students to complete courses in an individualized, computer-based format with assistance from tutors, as needed.

The facility is expected to open in fall 2014. Meantime, ACC is evaluating options for future uses of the former Dillard’s, Macy’s and mall stores as part of the college’s Master Plan.

The college is working with RedLeaf Properties to complete a redevelopment master plan for the entire site. Early plans envision a compact, walkable urban community with residential and commercial buildings. Structured parking would replace the massive surface parking lots. ACC’s facilities will be the center of this new community. Capital Metro bus and rail service will provide easy access.

August 2013 Update

Phase I of the ACC Highland project is progressing, with demolition work well under way at the former J.C. Penney store. Holes are being cut into the exterior of the building for new windows and entrances. Holes are also being cut into the upper-level floor to allow light into the lower level of the building once the skylight is installed. Trenches are being created on the lower level of the building for the installation of the waste water lines.

The design team is working with the construction subcontractors to finish the Building Image Model (BIM), a 3D model that will be used for construction. Creating the model will be an ongoing process for the next couple of months.

Orders for fixtures, furniture, and equipment will begin to be placed this fall.

While the college obtained the building permit on July 18, the start of actual construction is still several weeks out. The contractor and design team are working to verify what materials will be used for this project. Once this phase is complete and material and equipment are delivered, ACC will move forward with construction.

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