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Groundbreaking Ceremony Held for Lone Star College-Montgomery’s Parking Garage

Participants shovel dirt as part of the groundbreaking ceremony for Lone Star College-Montgomery’s new parking garage. From l. to r.: Patrick Johnson, general contractor, Johnson Group USA; Rashmi Murthy, Harrison Kornberg; James Harrison, Harrison Kornberg; Daniel Kornberg, Harrison Kornberg; Ed Shoemake, Jones Lang Lasalle; Dr. Austin Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery; Chris Baker, LSC-Montgomery student; Don Kerl, Diggs Construction; Charlie Soliz, LSC-Montgomery police captain; David Kaczynski, LSCS project director; and Jim Taylor, LSC-Montgomery vice president of administrative services.A groundbreaking ceremony to kick off construction of Lone Star College-Montgomery’s five-level parking garage was held last week, with close to 100 college employees, students and community members in attendance. The parking garage will create approximately 1,000 new parking spaces and be completed by August of 2010.

Participating in the ceremony were college administrators, including Dr. Austin Lane, president of LSC-Montgomery, as well as representatives from the architectural firm Harrison Kornberg; general contractor Johnson Group USA; construction firm Diggs Construction; and project management firm Jones Lang LaSalle. Additionally, Chris Baker, president of the LSC-Montgomery Student Government Association (SGA), participated.

The parking garage will be constructed on the west side of campus, between the tennis courts and existing Parking Lot 8. In addition to 989 parking spaces, which is a 50 percent increase in the existing number of spaces, the first level of the garage will house the college’s police department.

In addition to breaking ground on the garage, representatives from Harrison Kornberg unveiled a rendering of the parking garage, which will feature energy-efficient lighting throughout the building. The $10.2 million project is part of the college’s construction resulting from the successful bond referendum in May 2008.

“I don’t need to say how much this parking garage is needed,” said Dr. Lane. “When this garage opens next year, the parking inconveniences that we’ve experienced over the past few years will be a distant memory. This garage, along with the other new buildings that are coming, are truly needed to serve the growing needs of our community.”

Added LSC-Montgomery student and SGA president Chris Baker: “On behalf of all students, I’m very proud to be a part of the college during such an historic time of growth and excitement. I’m also glad to know that parking on this campus, including in the new parking garage, is--and will be--free.”

For more information on the upcoming construction projects at LSC-Montgomery, please visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery and click on Construction Updates.

LSC-Montgomery is located at 3200 College Park Drive, one-half mile west of Interstate 45, between Conroe and The Woodlands. For more information about the college, call (936) 273-7000, or visit www.LoneStar.edu/montgomery.

Lone Star College System consists of five colleges including LSC-CyFair, LSC-Kingwood, LSC-Montgomery, LSC-North Harris, and LSC-Tomball, six centers, LSC-University Center, LSC-University Park, Lone Star Corporate College, and LSC-Online. With more than 58,000 students in credit classes this fall, LSCS is the largest institution of higher education in the Houston area and third largest community college system in Texas. To learn more visit LoneStar.edu.