Nursing building

The new Nursing and Health Sciences Building at Texas A&M University-Commerce (pictured here in June 2019) will have its dedication and open house ceremony postponed from its original date of Sept. 13.

A new development in the ongoing saga of the Nursing and Health Sciences Building under construction at Texas A&M University-Commerce was revealed as the proposed dedication for the structure has been moved back.

An email sent to faculty and staff at A&M-Commerce last week stated that the building dedication ceremony and open house, which was scheduled for Sept. 13, is being postponed until the Spring 2020 semester.

When asked about the plans for holding classes in the building this fall, A&M-Commerce Vice President for Business and Administration Alicia Currin stated via email that there will not be a set move-in date, but that the university would adopt a “soft move” approach.

“When it is feasible to move and start holding classes, we will do so as soon as possible,” Currin said.

The setback is the latest in a long series of delays that have befallen the construction of the new building. Originally planned to open in December of 2018 to be used in the Spring 2019 semester, multiple delays have pushed the building to its current state. Near the end of June, Currin told the Commerce Journal that the building was “97 percent complete.”

The email sent to faculty and staff indicated that updates about a new date for the dedication would be announced later in the summer.