The Lone Star College Montgomery campus’s new student services center is anticipated to be fully completed and in use by late February or early March, which will better aid students at the campus, LSC Montgomery President Rebecca Riley said.

When it opens, the new student services center will have two parts—a conference center, which will be available to community members to rent out, and the student part of the building, which will house counseling, advising, financial aid, business office and a testing center. The building will have a coffee bar as well, Riley said.

Riley said the new building’s structure is complete at this time, but supply chain issues have caused a slight delay as the college is waiting on audio-visual equipment and computers, and some furniture remains to be moved in.

“It is caught up in shipping delays or trucking shortages,” Riley said. “We hope that all of those problems will be resolved within the next two months.”

Riley said the design of the building is unconventional because most students use either a phone or laptop for class selections when registering and as such usually do not need more than a few minutes with an adviser. The new building is designed to have a back office space where advisers will be housed, but the rest of the space will be open and have tablets and computers so students can begin their registration process.

“It will be a welcoming space for students,” Riley said.

Riley added the new student services center is for overall growth along with needing a space to better serve student needs.

Lone Star College Montgomery has a student population around 16,000. Riley said the pandemic slowed growth over the past two years, but the number of students is back on the rise.

“[The previous space] Building C was never really designed for student services,” she said. “This allowed us to not only repurpose the space in Building C, which will be vacated soon, but to configure the space to be more efficient.”

The new student services center is a project that was designated in a bond approved by voters in 2014, with $25.6 million designated for the building.

“It feels like a long time coming because there have been some delays,” Riley said. “We feel extremely fortunate to be opening this new center and that we started building the structure before supply chain issues began to escalate. It is the first new building in several years for the Montgomery campus.”