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SFA breaks ground for new Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building

The STEM building will be state of the art with a glass front, a planetarium, and numerous labs. SFA calls it a regional attraction for future STEM graduates. (Source: KTRE Staff) The STEM building will be state of the art with a glass front, a planetarium, and numerous labs. SFA calls it a regional attraction for future STEM graduates. (Source: KTRE Staff)
Dignitaries participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking on a $46-million STEM building. (Source: KTRE Staff) Dignitaries participate in a ceremonial groundbreaking on a $46-million STEM building. (Source: KTRE Staff)
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) -

Groundbreaking ceremonies for the long-awaited Ed and Gwen Cole STEM Building happened Monday afternoon at Stephen F. Austin State University.

A large crowd was on hand to see the event that launches the construction. 
    
A generous donation from Ed Cole and a $46 million tuition revenue bond will make the state-of-the-art building a reality. 
    
A new SFA planetarium with a 52-foot dome will greet visitors to a world of opportunity for STEM majors.

"It will speak science, technology, engineering and mathematics before you ever walk in the door,” said Dr. Kim Childs, SFA’s college of science and mathematics dean. “And when you do walk in the door, anchored by that 52-foot dome planetarium you will wonder through the makerspaces, the unscripted labs, on into the engineering labs, the computer science labs, the research labs, the cyber security lab."

Construction will begin immediately. Completion is scheduled for the fall of 2018, with a ribbon cutting in July.

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