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Steven S. Wymer Hall: Coming 2025

Set to open in 2025, this state-of-the-art building will help prepare Illinois students for futures of purpose and impact. A partnership between Gies Business and campus, this hybrid educational facility will be home to much-needed collaboration spaces, traditional and flexible classrooms, informal learning environments, content creation studios, as well as academic offices and support spaces.

Latest updates

Spring 2024

The Groundbreaking ceremony for Steven S. Wymer Hall was held April 14, 2023. Construction began the week of May 22 with the removal of the surface of the former parking lot. Initial foundation work was begun and a crane was installed the week of July 17.

Installation of a bore field for the geothermal system in Wymer Hall began in late December 2023.

Design that blends tradition and innovation 

Vermilion Development and Campbell Coyle are the developers for this new building. As a partnership, they specialize in public-private partnerships like this facility. As stated on their website, they specialize "in projects that invest in people, place, and public good.” They were the developer that oversaw the building of the Campus Instructional Facility.

LMN Architects (Seattle) and Booth Hansen Architects (Chicago) are the architecture firms for this project. Both firms have extensive experience creating university spaces that are forward-thinking while also paying tribute to the institution’s history. They worked together on the Computer Design, Research, and Learning Center at the University of Illinois Chicago. Booth Hansen was also architect for the Illinois Street Residences Dining + Student Center, Nugent Residence Hall, and Ikenberry Commons. 


About Steven Wymer 

Steven Wymer, ’85 Accountancy, is a portfolio manager in the Equity and High Income division at Fidelity Investments. A native of Danville, Illinois, he is known as one of the nation’s leading experts in investment management, and he received Morningstar’s 2017 Domestic-Stock Fund Manager of the Year Award for Fidelity Growth Company Fund.

Donor support launching a purposeful future

A group of generous donors has invested in future generations of University of Illinois learners through their financial support of Steven S. Wymer Hall. This new building represents a partnership between Gies Business and campus that will prepare students for a future of purposeful leadership. If you would like to join this partnership with your financial support, please contact Rebecca Pagels, Associate Dean for Advancement.

Student Sustainability Committee

The construction of Wymer Hall has received support from the Student Sustainability Committee through the Sustainable Campus Environment Fee & Cleaner Energy Technologies Fee.

All building renderings on this page ©LMN Architects

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Wymer Hall going geothermal to enhance sustainability

A key part of the sustainability effort is the use of geothermal technologies to help provide heating and cooling to the building and optimize the temperature as the building’s occupants engage in instructional and research activities.