SEU Hosts Ribbon-Cutting for Student Activities Center

Southeastern University will host its ribbon-cutting ceremony for the newly expanded Student Activities Center (SAC) facility on Tuesday, April 12, at 10 a.m. The new facility includes a gymnasium, telescoping bleachers, coaches’ offices, a multipurpose room and a large equipment storage room.

The architectural firm for the project is SCMH Architects, and the company constructing the facility is NuJak Development. The addition expanded the existing space by 15,209 square feet, bringing the total square footage of the facility to 26,355. Construction on the facility began in October of 2015.

In addition to housing the university’s wrestling program, the facility will be used to host special events. “The building’s versatility is its greatest quality, and it’s a perfect addition to our campus,” said Drew Watson, director of athletics.

With the advent of the wrestling program at Southeastern, there was a need for competition space for the team. “When we started the design phase of the project, we asked wrestling coaches from around the country what the best facility in the nation was for wrestling. Without fail, they mentioned Cornell,” said Watson.

Chris Owen, vice president for student development, and Watson traveled to Ithaca along with the architect, Jon Kirk, to take a look at Cornell University’s facility.

“Once we saw it, we realized we could build something on campus that not only served the wrestling program but could be used in a variety of ways to help meet other needs on campus,” said Watson.  “What you will see in the new building is Cornell’s facility but with additions that make it a perfect space for hosting admission events, summer rentals, assemblies and so much more.”