sfhThe 2013-2014 school year has been the first time Illinois Wesleyan University’s new classroom building, State Farm Hall, has been open for classes. The building, located on the north side of Eckley Quadrangle between the Center for Liberal Arts and Center for Natural Science Learning and Research, stands on the former location of Sheean Library, which was built in 1967.  State Farm Hall, which is 48,700 sq. feet, cost almost $16 million to build.  The building is named after State Farm Insurance, headquartered in Bloomington, which donated $10 million to the building’s construction.

sfh2Located at the front of State Farm Hall is the Glenn ’22 and Rozanne Parker Kemp ’27 Commencement Plaza, where the commencement ceremony will take place each spring.  The building consists of four floors with 19 classrooms, 24 faculty offices, study areas, and a research lab for economics students. New technology was also included in State Farm Hall, such as smart boards in the classrooms.