Breaking New Ground
In an effort to address the continued growth in student enrollment, Lone Star College-CyFair is not only looking forward to having two new buildings on the Barker Cypress campus, but also to a new full-service satellite center at Clay and Fry Roads.
A March 11 ground-breaking ceremony on the Barker Cypress campus was held in celebration of plans to open a new Health Science Building and Student Services Building in Fall 2011.
After a successful 2008 bond referendum, colleges throughout the Lone Star College System are in the process of various facelifts and new additions including LSC-CyFair. On the north side of the Barker Cypress campus, a new 53,000-square-foot science building will house 15 classrooms, 7 science labs, 4 computer labs and faculty office space. On the south side of campus, a new 138,000-square-foot student services/academic instruction building will house 44 classrooms, 10 computer labs, 1 lecture hall, and faculty and administrative offices. The student services area will provide additional new space for registration, financial aid, advising, counseling, bursar, testing and other student services.
Visitors at 9191 Barker Cypress will notice construction is already under way on the northeast side of campus with an additional 500 parking spaces almost complete. Plans call for another 600 spaces to be added to the southwest corner of campus by June.
In addition, LSC-CyFair recently purchased property at 19710 Clay Road near the intersection of Fry Road to build a new, full-service satellite campus to serve the southwest quadrant of LSC-CyFair’s service area. With plans for construction to begin this May, the new 83,000-square-foot full-service satellite center is expected to open for Fall classes in 2011.
Faculty and staff provided input on the new center design resulting in plans for a facility offering a full range of services to students and the community. The facility plans call for a 13,500 square-foot workforce lab area, 14 classrooms, 8 computer labs, 2 training rooms, 1 biology lab, 1 craft lab and a student services area (including tutoring, testing, registration and bookstore) as well as administrative, staff and faculty offices.
The new center offerings will include courses such as core university transfer, transitional studies, English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) continuing education and workforce. There is a high concentration of manufacturing companies in the area near the new center, which is located less than three miles from the I-10 energy corridor. The following workforce programs being considered for transfer to the new center are Welding, Drafting, Electronics, Machining, Mechatronics and Geographic Information Systems (GIS.)