Nestled in the heart of Austin’s urban core, ACC Rio Grande represents an educational legacy, having served the Austin community for nearly a century. As the school celebrates it’s 100-year anniversary, the time has come to re-envision the educational future of its students with respect to the history that makes this campus so unique. This historical renovation will feature a multi-level, 169-seat learning lab and library, the enclosure of two courtyards, transforming them into large commons area filled with natural light, six state-of-the-art science labs, classrooms and dedicated spaces for ACC’s Deaf and hard-hearing community. This transformation marks a major investment towards making the campus a more rewarding experience for the students, faculty and community.

Location, Austin, Texas
Projected Completion,
December 2020

Scope, Renovation of Historical Community College, 140,000 s.f. 
Program, Classrooms, Science Labs, Computer Labs, ACCelerator Lab, Library & Media Center, Faculty Offices & Administration Offices, Courtyards
Services, Architecture, Interior Design, Furniture, Sustainability Consulting

Client, Austin Community College
Team, Milton Hime, Robert Byrnes, Xuhua Cheng, Lee Ann McClanahan, Lexi Martin, Umesh Atre, Jenny Heim

Certifications, Targeted LEED Platinum and AEGB 4-Star
Sustainability Strategies, Adaptive Reuse, Daylighting, ETFE Roof, Reclaimed Water, Material Conservation / Existing Building

Awards, Preservation Austin Award for Rehabilitation, 2021

In collaboration with Overland Partners, Hutson Gallagher, Inc & Architexas