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urban planners, designers, architects, and local organizations
to create a state-of the-art campus. This new campus is the
centerpiece for a new neighborhood-one that will include
office space, residential space, restaurants, bars, and parks
all in a walkable, public transit-friendly area.
The first phase of the redevelopment began in 2012
with the transformation of the 1.2 million-square-foot
(111,483-square-meter) mall into the new campus. Barnes
Gromatzky Kosarek Architects (BGKA) redesigned the
former JCPenny space into a an academic center, featuring
classrooms, a library, study areas, and a giant media center.
N. Thomas Kosarek, AIA, a principal at BGKA in
Austin, says the original building was a "concrete bunker"
with no natural light and a lot of blank walls, but his team
saw immediate potential in the anchor store's open floor
plan, cast-in-place concrete construction, and steel frame
roof deck. "There is all of this exposed concrete and steel
that we wanted to show off and celebrate," he says.
Almost half of the ground floor is now dedicated to
the ACCelerator, a 600-seat computer emporium, where
students gather to work on projects. The space features
raised flooring and fixed and movable partitions, floating
acoustic clouds to absorb sound, suspended light fixtures,

The Austin
Community
College Highland
campus has
taken over a
large portion of
the community's
abandoned
Highland Mall.

Austin Community College's ACCelerator is a
600-seat computer emporium where students can
gather to work on projects.

moving to the suburbs to raise kids but still want access
to vibrant neighborhood centers near parks, schools,
restaurants, entertainment, and businesses where they can
live, work, and play without the need to constantly be in
the car, Tachieva says.
One mall redevelopment project taking on this
challenge is Highland, a new neighborhood in Austin
currently in development on the site of the former
Highland Mall. Opened in 1971, the mall prospered for
almost four decades before falling into decline, along with
the surrounding area.
"What happens when a mall begins to deteriorate and no
longer functions as a mall?" says Richard Rhodes, president
and CEO of Austin Community College (ACC), which had a
presence on the edge of the mall at the time, told The
Atlantic. "In the surrounding neighborhoods, you begin to
see the crime rate increase, other homes and buildings
being vacated-the whole community surrounding it
begins to deteriorate."
But instead of letting the area flounder, ACC decided to
purchase the mall and work with city officials, developers,

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