The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign has broken ground on a $105 million building for its Gies College of Business.
The university says Wymer Hall will provide about 100,000 square feet of space geared for on-campus students as well as those connecting online.
The facility will provide expanded studio space and recording capabilities to serve online courses and programs throughout campus; spaces that facilitate experiential learning and group work; and office space for Gies College faculty and support staff that has grown to serve online programs.
The building has been named for Steven S. Wymer, an alumnus of the Gies College and a portfolio manager at Fidelity Investments. He donated $25 million to help pay for the construction.
Construction is expected to be completed by December 2024.
The architects are LMN Architects and Booth Hansen.
LMN Architects says the project design responds to the traditional campus aesthetic neo-Georgian buildings of brick and limestone while also engaging with an immediate context of its contemporary and post-modern neighbors. Volumes of hand laid brick interlock with fields of quarried stone and zones of natural metal reconstitute the traditional elements in a novel manner.