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Construction of a nearly $16 million classroom building at Illinois Wesleyan University in Bloomington is set to begin soon.

University officials say the building will be completed by next fall. The 48,700 square-foot facility will stand on the site of the former Sheean Library. The library teardown was completed over the summer.

President Dick Wilson says the university is indebted to donors, including alumni and McLean County residents.

The classroom building is the second major building project this year for the school. Construction on a new $2 million entry, and interior renovation of areas within the Joyce Eichhorn Ames School of Art is near completion.

A $125 million fundraising campaign, announced in May 2009, is scheduled to conclude in 2014. Donations have reached more than $94 million so far.

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