NACOGDOCHES, Texas — To celebrate with current students and past alumni returning for the Homecoming weekend, the construction management program in Stephen F. Austin State University’s James I. Perkins College of Education will host an open house for its new laboratory facility from 1 to 3 p.m. Oct. 21 at 514 E. Austin St. in Nacogdoches. 

Since beginning in 2019, SFA’s Bachelor of Science in construction management program has seen exceptional progress, having tripled its enrollment in the last four years. It has additionally formed partnerships with industry professionals and has partnered with local entities to offer such service projects as the construction of tiny homes at Village Nac, a community for those battling homelessness and chronic mental health issues.

To meet the needs of growing student enrollment, the construction management program acquired a new building to house its laboratory space. The new construction management building, which opened this August for the fall semester, will be used for mechanical, electrical and piping courses; labs for building systems; and more.

“This program was developed as a hands-on program, seeking interaction with products and application of building,” said Sally Swearingen, coordinator of the construction management program. “I look forward to everyone seeing how far we have come.”

Construction management faculty members encourage students, parents, prospective advisory board members and the community to attend the open house. Visitors will be able to see the renovated space and listen to guest speakers, including construction management students and members of the program’s advisory board. 

Visit SFA’s construction management program web page for more information, or call (936) 468-2048.

Stephen F. Austin State University, the newest member of The University of Texas System, began a century ago as a teachers’ college in Texas’ oldest town, Nacogdoches. Today, it has grown into a regional institution comprising six colleges — business, education, fine arts, forestry and agriculture, liberal and applied arts, and sciences and mathematics. Accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, SFA enrolls approximately 11,000 students while providing the academic breadth of a state university with the personalized attention of a private school. The main campus encompasses 421 acres that include 36 academic facilities, nine residence halls, and 68 acres of recreational trails that wind through its six gardens. The university offers more than 80 bachelor’s degrees, more than 40 master’s degrees and four doctoral degrees covering more than 120 areas of study. Learn more at the SFA website.