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Collegewide STEM Unit and Germantown Campus

Construction News

Germantown Bookstore Renovations to Begin Mid-September

Drawing of Bookstore Rennovations

As we all know by now, Follett Higher Education Group now manages bookstore operations on all of the Montgomery College campuses.  All bookstore areas will undergo renovations in order to enhance the focus on the needs of the students and faculty.  Provided permits are granted as anticipated, renovations of the Germantown bookstore will begin Monday, September 12, 2016 and continue for 3-4 weeks.  The store, located in the HS building, will remain open during the renovations.

Gateway Signage (Corner of 118 and Observation Drive)

The roadway work being done in preparation for the new LED gateway signage is expected to be completed by the end of August. Installation of the signage is expected to be completed by the end of September.

Science and Applied Studies Building Renovations Architectural Drawing of Proposed SA Building

The Science and Applied Studies Building will be renovated and another floor added starting in the spring of 2016. The south side of the building will be demolished except for the exterior framework and new space will be constructed for Astronomy, Geology, Engineering, Landscape Technology, Physical Science, Physics, etc. (i.e. all of the sciences that could not be accommodated in the Bioscience Education Center.  There will be a new and expanded Math Accounting Physics Engineering Learning (MAPEL) Center, a small office suite for science faculty, lounge spaces and two (2) new elevators.  These changes will take place in Phase One of the project. Before work can begin on Phase One, however, Phase Zero must be completed.  

Phase Zero: Phase Zero is the term used to describe the consolidation of all occupants in the building on both floors of the north side. This isolates and protects the occupants during the renovation of the south side of the building. The relocation of counseling and other student services from the first floor to the second floor was completed at the end of May. Renovation of the first floor is currently in progress. Work started on the west end of the building and will continue on the first floor through the summer and be completed sometime after the start of the fall semester.

Phase One: The Board of Trustees awarded the construction contract during their May 2016 meeting. The contract has been submitted to the Board of Public Works for approval, and a notice to proceed is expected to be issued to Hess Construction + Engineering Services in early August 2016 to start construction work.

While this project is underway, there will be two time lapse cameras outside, aerial photos will be posted, and a dynamic 3D model will be in the making.

The Admissions Office and the Financial Aid Office are scheduled to move mid to late September.  Watch for updates.

Phase One construction has an estimated building opening date of late spring 2018.

Germantown Assessment Center Temporarily Relocated to HT 321

The Germantown Assessment Center will undergo renovations from July 1 to September 5, 2016. This project will provide much needed improvements such as new computer stations, hardware and a DSS private room for testing. During renovations, placement and academic testing will take place in Building HT-321. Announcements of this location will be posted in the Welcome Center, Student Life and HT building.

For DSS private testing, the GT center will use room SA 242. The room will be reserved by appointment. The GT center will coordinate the appointments. Testing for GED and TEAS at this location will be suspended for July-August, but will resume in September. Rockville Assessment Center will be available for GED and TEAS testing, while TP/SS Assessment Center will be available for TEAS.

The GT assessment center staff will work with students and staff to make sure this temporary arrangement does not interfere with our daily operations.  Please inform your students of this temporary change. If you have any questions, please email us at

Germantown Assessment Center Closed Briefly For Renovations / Moves Back to SA 110

The Germantown Assessment Center will be closed for renovations from Wednesday, August 24 through Saturday, August 27, 2016.  For testing services information, send an email to  The Germantown Assessment Center will resume operations on Monday, August 29, 2016 back in SA 110.

PG Building to Close for Renovations During the Summer

The PG Building will be completely closed to everyone beginning the week of May 16th when the General Contractor will be mobilizing on campus and establishing site boundaries. The Contractor will have use of two Bays of Parking Lot 5 over the summer for their site office, workforce parking, and set down areas for equipment and materials; this area will be minimized in late August.

The closure will enable crews to complete extensive repairs to the exterior building envelope including replacement of the roof, windows, doors, insulation, and exterior wall coatings. The majority of the ‘invasive’ work has been planned to occur between the current Spring and Fall Semesters this calendar year but some ‘lesser’ interior work will continue through until Summer 2017.

As with all construction on campus please obey any temporary signage and other safety instructions that may appear from time to time.

Update (posted 8/18/16) - Work on the roof and sidewalk continues. The building is expected to be accessible no later than Monday, August 29, 2016.

For the Facilities Master Plan see the Planning, Design and Construction website.

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