Stephen F. Austin STEM Building

Stephen F. Austin STEM Building
Stephen F. Austin STEM Building
Stephen F. Austin STEM Building

Project Notes

  • Facility Type
    Higher Education

  • Location
    Nacogdoches, TX

  • Size
    101,000 sq. ft.

Stephen F. Austin STEM Building Overview

  • KDW broke ground on the SFASU Planetarium in November 2016, with completion in July 2018.

  • Opened in fall 2018, the planetarium is located in the Ed and Gwen Cole STEM building. It provides a unique teaching and learning space not only for the science of astronomy but for all STEM fields. To reflect SFASU's commitment to informal education and service to their community, the planetarium offers public shows and school field trip opportunities.

  • The SFA planetarium is one of the most sophisticated in Texas with a 50-foot diameter nano-seam dome and a state-of-the-art 4K Digistar 6 projection system. This system can project the night sky of stars and planets as seen from anywhere on the Earth with digital precision. Full-dome shows use a combination of stunning visual effects, vivid colors, dramatic motion and powerful surround sound to immerse audiences on thrilling voyages of discovery.

  • The final project consisted of 13 class labs, six research labs and five telescopes on the observation deck/terrace, with seating for 114 in the planetarium.

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