Leaders at Austin Community College (ACC) identified a need for research space to support life science entrepreneurs in the region. The high costs associated with the research and development of bio-tech products made it difficult for entrepreneurs to progress their ideas from concept to product. Additionally, students in the biotech fields often left Austin after graduation to pursue employment. The college wanted to develop an innovative environment in which companies could access the laboratory space, equipment, and expertise necessary to create biotech products while students gained real-world experience.
ACC hired us to build out 10,871 SF at the Highland Mall campus, including clean rooms, wet laboratories, a specialty laboratory, and associated storage. We also added generators and air handling units to support the laboratories. The first such facility at a Texas community college, the bioscience incubator offers students hands on learning opportunities with state-of-the-art facilities. It also provides a pipeline of qualified biotechnicians for area business. The students have the opportunity to intern with participating companies, learn state of art techniques, and assist researchers in growing the central Texas talent pool.