Stephen F. Austin State University STEM Building

Collegiate & Higher Education, Labs and R&D, Science & Technology, Branding & Graphics


Nacogdoches, Texas


87,000 sf

Project Features
  • State-of-the-art STEM building
  • 52-foot dome planetarium
  • Lab / research space
  • Classrooms
  • Machine and wood shop

The continued growth at Stephen F. Austin State University and their commitment to enhancing their existing academic programs with a STEM Initiative (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) has resulted in a need for a new STEM building. The project is a recognizable landmark in the heart of the SFA campus. It includes departmental administrative offices and support space, a variety of collaborative classrooms, teaching/research laboratories, a significant maker space supported by a machine and wood shop and engineering lab, student spaces, a rooftop terrace equipped with telescopes, as well as the focal point of the building — a 52-foot dome planetarium.

Inherently student-centered, the building is designed to engage all students in a dynamic learning experience upon arriving at the site, with the building itself becoming a teaching tool, in addition to the various educational programs within.

The new development is further energized with the creation of an extensive science-themed landscaped STEM corridor which will link existing chemistry, math, and science buildings with the new STEM building.


Steve Durham, AIA, LEED AP 713 426 7521
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Spearheading collegiate projects, Steve's experience spans everything from dining halls and academic buildings to athletic facilities and religious institutions. Early in his 21-year career at Kirksey, Steve initiated the Outreach Committee which offers opportunities for staff members to volunteer their time for various local communities and non-profit organizations. He also leads the firm's membership in The 1%, a program connecting non-profits to architecture firms willing to provide pro bono services.