State Farm Hall will be dedicated in October. (Photo Courtesy Illinois Wesleyan University)
By Zach Dietmeier
BLOOMINGTON - The new classroom building at Illinois Wesleyan University is ahead of schedule for completion in time for the school year. State Farm Hall will serve as a multi-purpose facility for the liberal arts college, says Associate Provost of Academic Planning and Standards Frank Boyd.
"We are really pleased with the progress and we are on track for the start of classes in a few weeks," Boyd said. "In fact, right now we are putting the final touches on fine tuning some of the instructional landscaping. The furniture has been delivered and we are finishing the landscaping."
Boyd said the 19-classroom, 48,700 sqaure foot structure will be dedicated in October.
"One of the challenges that I've had as coordinator for the building is we now have faculty and staff colleagues who are itching to have meetings in the new building," he said. "We've held off most of those requests so we can finish the final details."
Getting the new State Farm Hall done ahead of schedule has allowed for many adjustments to be made in post-construction. Boyd said getting everything in the building from furniture to technical equipment gives the staff about two weeks to make sure all outlets and ammenities are in their desired locations.
The new classroom building will house a wide variety of departmental courses.
"The business and economics department faculty will be housed on the third floor and nearly all of their classes will be offered in the facility," Boyd said. "But we have classes from Greek and Roman studies, social studies, and the humanities. It's really a campus building."
Classes in Shaw Hall, which has been in use since 1954, will be moved into the new space.
Zach Dietmeier can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.