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CTG’s Moving!

New horizons await us in the adventure we call 2021. We can’t know the outcome, as diligently as we may plot it. All we can do is step on the trail and move forward.
native grass trails Mueller Austin Central Texas Gardener
And that’s what Austin PBS is doing, as we pack up and leave UT’s College of Communication building that’s been our home since 1974.
Austin PBS KLRU TV at University of Texas Central Texas Gardener
Our destination: the Austin Community College Highland campus and a new generation of public media and a new standard of community impact to serve you!
construction Austin PBS at ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Our new offices and public event spaces (indoors and out) adjoin the three studios, one which we will share with ACC.
Austin PBS building and studios ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
new Austin PBS studios ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Here’s where Central Texas Gardener (and other productions) will record.
Studio Austin PBS ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
In small groups, we got a sneak preview in December.
construction new entrance Austin PBS ACC Highland campus Central Texas Gardener
pre-function space Austin PBS ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
new office space Austin PBS ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Can you imagine 100 miles of cables?
cables Austin PBS new building ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Recording equipment room Austin PBS ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
So far, I’ve only briefly explored the ACC campus, some of it finished and other sections still under construction or final move-in details.
ACC Highland campus entrance from Airport Blvd Central Texas Gardener
ACC Highland campus entrance Central Texas Gardener
Since ACC recognizes the value of outdoor interaction throughout the day, there are many gathering spots. At night, lights for safety join landscape glows to romance evening reflections and conversations.
ACC Highland campus architecture Central Texas Gardener
architecture and oak tree from Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
ACC Highland Mall, Austin PBS studios Jacob Fontaine Plaza Central Texas Gardener
Here’s a look down to the Jacob Fontaine Plaza where the oak trees have been carefully protected.
ACC Highland classrooms view to Jacob Fontaine Plaza Central Texas Gardener
Recently, faculty and welding students installed their response to monolith fascination. It’s not a mystery that ACC encourages creativity in all its forms, as I learned in my first job at ACC Rio Grande.
monolith Jacob Fontaine Plaza Central Texas Gardener
Monolith sculpture Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
This is just one of the many spaces where native and adapted plants soften traffic noise—either from nearby Airport Blvd. or the noise in our brains! Textural clusters contribute to the peace. This spot features bamboo muhly, Mexican feather grass, and agaves. To the right is an island of red yucca (Hesperaloe parviflora).
Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland bamboo muhly Mexican feather grass agave Central Texas Gardener
Caressible Gulf muhly grass.
Gulf muhly grasses Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Blooming Ligularia joins white-striped Aztec grasses and sedges, backed by Sabal minor palm fans. Bald cypress still dons its warm fall color along the mixed-use stretch.
Gulf muhly grasses Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Since ACC’s mascot is the Riverbat, an art installation called Thicket features 73 purple poles of different heights. Lighted by night, they symbolize bats taking flight.
Thicket sculpture purple poles ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Thicket art purple poles depicting bat flight Jacob Fontaine Plaza ACC Highland Central Texas Gardener
Wishing you all new flights of your own in 2021! See you next week, Linda

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