Big things are happening on an 84 acre plot of land off County Road 112 in Round Rock.
That’s where the Austin Community College District is in the middle of the largest construction project of its 35-year history: ACC’s Round Rock Campus. Right now five buildings, representing the initial phase of development, are taking shape. This week ACC and SpawGlass Contractors, Inc. marked a milestone in the construction of those buildings – the “topping out” of the project.
A topping out celebrates the safe completion of the main structure’s framework. The Round Rock event, held on Wednesday, August 5, brought together ACC leaders, SpawGlass representatives, site workers, and community supporters on the construction site near County Road 112 and University Boulevard. The celebration comes six months after the college broke ground – and a little over a year after 64 percent of Round Rock ISD voters approved annexation into the ACC taxing district, making area residents eligible for increased services and lower, in-district tuition rates.
Construction is proceeding on time and within budget. Work on all five buildings of Phase I is progressing simultaneously, with the site under construction six days a week. At times crews have worked from 1 a.m. to 9 p.m. through record-breaking heat. Currently SpawGlass employs 230 craftsmen on site along with 50 management staff members.
The topping out gave ACC an opportunity to thank the people who are making the college’s vision for the Round Rock Campus a reality.
“The workers on this site aren’t just building a state-of-the-art campus,” said Dr. Stephen B. Kinslow, ACC president/CEO. “They are helping build futures and paving the road for increased economic development for our community.”
Phase I of the campus will accommodate 5,000 students in programs such as Health Sciences and Applied Technology (automotive, welding, building construction). Students, faculty, and staff will enjoy urban green spaces, walkways between buildings, and an outdoor amphitheater. When later phases of construction are complete, the site will include a total of nine educational buildings and serve more than 11,000 students –ultimately making it the college’s largest campus.
One year from now, site workers will be replaced by the Round Rock Campus’ inaugural class. Construction trailers will give way to a library, the three-story Health Sciences building, an Applied Technology building, science labs, and general education classrooms. The framework of five buildings will transform into a bustling campus, providing new opportunities and possibilities to the people of Round Rock.
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