Renovation FAQs

Setzer Student Center

Project Benefits

How will this benefit all students and the university as a whole?

This project will benefit the everyday needs of students by providing places to meet up with friends, meeting spaces with up-to-date technology, and renovated dining options.

It will provide a powerful first impression for campus visitors and prospective students during events such as Orientation, Week of Welcome, Homecoming, and more.

Overall, the project will project a positive image for Lamar University while providing a "campus living room" all Cardinals can be proud of.

What is the benefit of updated student organization space?

This renovation will offer organizations across campus the opportunity to collaborate on projects and events. This collaboration will benefit the entire University through stronger programming opportunities and foster a greater community feel among diverse groups of students.

All student groups will benefit from improved technology and meetings spaces dedicated solely for student use.

What student organizations are going to get office space?

Student organizations that currently have offices in the Setzer Student Center will continue to have a permanent home in the "new" SSC. These organizations include the Cardinals Activities Board and the Student Government Association.

All student organizations will have the ability to utilize meeting and work spaces, as well as conference rooms, in the expanded student organization area.

The current Student Center layout is confusing. Will the renovation help fix this?

Yes! The project calls for "common sense" upgrades to make the SSC easier to navigate.


How long will construction last?

Construction began in the fall of 2016 and will end in Spring 2018.

Will construction impact parking?

Yes, the project will result in periodic partial closures of Lot C-1, the senior parking lot behind the Setzer Student Center. However, most closures will occur on weekends and will not disrupt campus life. You will receive a campus announcement well in advance of any closures.

Why is there a blue barrier blocking parts of campus?

The blue construction barrier encloses the entire construction zone, including the Setzer Student Center, the Quad, and the contractor entrance/parking area. The barrier closes certain areas of campus to ensure public safety, as there is significant demolition occurring during this time.

Setzer Center Operations

What happened to the offices in the Setzer Center? Are they still operating?

Yes. All SSC programs and services are in operation and have relocated to other places on campus during the renovation. Find out where everything is here.

Setzer Center Fees

The building is closed, so why do I still have to pay a Setzer Student Center fee each semester?

Yes, the building is closed, by all SSC programs, activities, and services are still in operation. Your SSC fee pays for all these things. Since the passage of the fee increase in 2012, your SSC fee also pays for the entire renovation project, including construction, equipment, and furnishings.

Dining Options

What restaurants will be in the new Setzer Student Center?

Panda Express, Jason's Deli, and Chick-Fil-A.