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Austin’s first indoor shopping mall becomes Austin Community College’s new digital media center

Renovation of the defunct mall represents Phase 2 of ACC’s $100 million adaptive reuse project.

November 10, 2017 |
ACC new digital media center, interiors designed by Perkins+Will

Rendering courtesy of Perkins+Will

The first indoor shopping mall in Austin, Texas is currently undergoing a major renovation to become Austin Community College’s new digital media center.

The redesigned building will contain space for art, music, dance drama, radio-television-film, photography, visual communication, computer programming, and gaming technology.


A classroom in ACC's new digital media building from Perkins+WIllRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.


The creative digital media center will occupy about 125,000 sf. Additionally, a culinary arts and hospitality center will occupy another 19,600 sf and continuing education classrooms will occupy 12,400 sf. The renovated building will also contain space for a regional health sciences/STEM simulation lab (14,000 sf), business incubator space, convocation and performance space, a black box theater, a conference center, and a regional workforce innovation center.


The culinary center in ACC's new buildingRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.


The building’s exterior is being designed by Barnes Gromatzky Kosarek Architects and builds on the character created by the firm during the first phase of the project. It will include a pathway that can be used for socializing, studying, and dining. Perkins+Will will design the interior space, which will include plentiful natural light in classroom spaces and simplified wayfinding.

The new building has a projected opening enrollment capacity of 5,000 students.


ACC's new music performance hallRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.


The lobby in ACC's new digital media buildingRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.


East entry view at ACC's new buildingRendering courtesy of Perkins+Will.


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