The rapid growth of North Austin catalyzed Austin Community College District (ACC) to purchase a 100-acre site to address the future educational needs of this expanding population. Master planned for 12,000 students and 1,000,000 SF of future development, the result is ACC’s new San Gabriel Campus. Phase One, referred to as a ‘campus in a box,’ transforms ranchland into an urban campus at the epicenter of an emerging transit-oriented development—setting the tone for the campus’ continuing development. The three-story academic building is designed to easily transform as the campus expands and new programs come on-line. Adjacent to a light-rail station, highway and hike-bike trails, all modes of transportation are supported with a focus on a safe, pedestrian friendly campus. Building materials, including limestone masonry and rusted metal reinforce how the DNA of a city rooted in ranching and the railroad can be manifest in modern architectural character.
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