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983 - TOUR – Austin Community College Highland Campus, Phase I

• N. Thomas Kosarek, AIA | Principal | Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
• Bill Mullane, AIA | Vice President, Facilities and Construction | Austin Community College District
• Jay W. Barnes III, FAIA | Principal | Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects
Date: 11/09/2017 | Time: 9:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Event Location: MEET AT TOUR DESK
LUHs: 2 | HSW: Yes |
Capacity: 40
Through October 02: $60.00
Through November 03: $60.00
Onsite November 03: $60.00

Tour Architects
Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects

With a vision for a new urban model, Austin Community College purchased the entire Highland Mall, Austin’s first indoor mall, to create an academic campus that has become the center of an innovative redevelopment district. Initially, ACC needed a large amount of temporary space in which to accommodate students and faculty while improving its many existing campuses in implementation of Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects’ District-Wide Master Plan. Over time, however, the vision for the project evolved to become an entirely new flagship campus and to redefine how education is delivered in the 21st century.

Phase 1 involved the transformation of the former JCPenney building, a 207,000-sf windowless box. In order to flood the lower-level “academic main street” with natural light, a 170-foot-long skylight system was added, and openings were cut into exterior concrete walls and into the floor of the upper level. Glass along the main street furthers the see-and-be-seen transparency within the envelope, with the “social stair” serving as the centerpiece of the entire project.

In addition to traditional classrooms, laboratories, and administrative space, the most innovative component of ACC Highland’s new learning model is “the ACCelerator” — a 604-seat, high-tech learning environment that allows students to take courses at their own pace and on their own schedule. This model has already proven successful.

Setting a national example for sustainable repurposing, ACC prevented the former mall from becoming 1.2 million sf of demolition waste. Phase 1 of Highland also raises the bar for ACC’s sustainability initiatives and has achieved LEED Gold certification.

SD: Yes
*Courses marked "SD" may qualify for Sustainable Design for the Texas Board of Architectural Examiners."