ACC spending $2 million at new Round Rock campus to repair damage from shifting soil

Less than two years after Austin Community College opened its Round Rock campus, officials have budgeted $2 million to repair problems caused by shifting soil, including sidewalks that heaved up enough to keep some doors to buildings from opening properly.

Officials blame last year’s severe drought and this year’s heavy rains, but they are nonetheless reviewing work done by firms that provided engineering and architectural services to check whether reasonable precautions were taken.

“We’re double-checking to make sure there weren’t any mistakes that led to this,” said Neil Vickers, ACC’s associate vice president of finance and budget. “At this point, it looks like extreme conditions caused this, as opposed to engineering or construction errors.”

Hoping this wasn’t an engineering error. I’m looking at you, civil engineers.


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About Matthew Peterworth

I currently work as a Technology Specialist at Henderson Engineers in Kansas City – a Mechanical-Electrical-Plumbing (MEP) design firm. Prior to that I was a Project Manager for Information Technology Services (ITS), the central IT department at the University of Texas at Austin. As of July 2008 I am a Registered Communications Distribution Designer (RCDD) through BICSI. And as of June 2011 I am a licensed Professional Engineer (PE) in the great state of Texas. Please follow me on Twitter @mpeterworth.

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