Austin Community College – South Austin Campus

Austin, Texas

Maintaining Schedule & Budget Amidst an Impending Natural Disaster

Significant preparation and planning was needed prior to constructing the Austin Community College South Austin Campus. Hurricane Katrina would impact supply availability and costs, so the American Constructors team had to reserve and procure equipment as fast as possible to maintain the project schedule and budget.

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Austin, Texas


Higher Education


Austin Community College District


Page and Coleman & Associates

What We Built

ACC’s South Austin Campus is an 86,382 square-foot, three-story college classroom building. It includes an 8,200 square-foot state-of-the-art library, classrooms, two science labs, three computer labs, three visual communication computer labs, an academic testing center, a bookstore, a learning lab, and a multipurpose room for campus and community events. The campus also includes an adjacent four-story, 363-vehicle parking garage.


As with many projects, unforeseen circumstances can influence the project’s success. At the time, Hurricane Katrina was threatening the Gulf Coast. The project team anticipated the potential impact of the hurricane on the schedule and quickly coordinated with subcontractors and suppliers to procure and secure materials. They ensured materials were stored in a warehouse, tied down and covered, and not in a flood zone.

The project manager proactively reserved equipment that may be in high demand, such as generators, pumps, cranes, and lifts, all of which were essential to the campus’ timely completion. By doing this, we avoided significant cost increases and material and equipment shortages, which occurred after the storm hit land. This quick action plan maintained the project schedule and budget.

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