College plans satellite near Clay, Fry roads
Lone Star CollegeCyFair President Audre Levy said last week that college officials' negotiations for a piece of property near Clay and Fry roads are drawing to a close.
Once the site is purchased, the college will move forward with plans to build a second satellite center to serve residents and students in and around Cypress-Fairbanks Independent School District's southwest sector.
Meeting on horizon
We plan to hold a community meeting in December to talk to residents about what that facility should include," Levy said to a group of Cy-Fair Houston Chamber of Commerce members who gathered to hear her State of CyFair College" address. We are also looking at moving our technical and vocational programs to the site."
Lone Star College-CyFair officials say they are running out of space at the 450,000-square-foot Cy-Fair College campus at Barker-Cypress and West roads. The college's student population has reached 15,000 between that campus and the Fairbanks satellite center at U.S. 290 and West Little York Road.
About the center
An 83,000-square-foot satellite center in the southwest would be designed to accommodate about 3,000 students, said Bob Williams, Lone Star CollegeCyFair's vice president of administration. It would also allow the college to market workforce development programs to businesses and organizations in the Energy Corridor and along Interstate 10.
The center should be up and running by fall 2011.
The goal is to open a satellite center in each of Cy-Fair ISD's four quadrants, with the main campus at the center, Williams said.
The Fairbanks Center covers the southeast quadrant, the new satellite center the southwest, and Lone Star College System's new multi-university higher education center at Texas 249 and Louetta Road will cover the northeast sector.
Northwest is next
The northwest quadrant would be the next area of focus, Williams said.
We are building these centers to relieve pressure on our main campus," he said.
Cy-Fair College officials have worked on the physical design of the southwest satellite center, but want to gather community input on what to offer in that building at an upcoming public forum
We want residents to tell us what types of programs, workforce training, and classes they want," Williams said. It is also a chance for us to get to know our neighbors in that area."
The Lone Star College System set aside $19.7 million for the second satellite campus in its 2008 bond plan. Voters approved $420 million in the college system's May 2008 election, and a total of $95.5 million was allocated to projects at the CyFair College campus.
Williams said the college is set to launch construction on three of those expansion projects at the Barker-Cypress site.
In January, construction starts on a 138,000-square-foot classroom addition on the south side of campus; and a 55,000-square-foot science classroom building on the north side. Together the two buildings will add almost 200,000-square-feet of classroom space on campus, Williams said. The buildings should open to students in fall 2011.
The college has five modular buildings in place to handle all classes that cannot be accommodated in the buildings on campus. Williams said the two new buildings will more than double the amount of space available in those five modular buildings.
A third project set to begin soon will add 1,100 parking spaces to a campus that is now having to move overflow parking to the campus soccer fields. Williams said the additional parking would accommodate up to 18,000 students.
The additional parking spaces will be placed next to the two new buildings.
A future bond project will add 30,000-square-feet to the existing student services building at $9.5 million.
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