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Building 20+ Years of History with Aurora University

Since 2003, Boldt has provided preliminary design, preconstruction, and construction management services for Aurora University, completing a long line of new buildings, facility additions, and renovations that have changed the landscape of the 32-acre campus. We’ve completed over 80 small, large and miscellaneous projects. Below are just a few.

  • Institute for Collaboration
  • Crimi Auditorium
  • John C. Dunham STEM
  • Welcome Center
  • Centennial Residence Hall
  • Alumni Hall Addition
  • Vago Field
  • Spartan Athletic Park
  • Southlawn Parking Structure
  • Don and Betty Tucker Hall
  • Student Success Center
  • Multi-purpose Athletics Building
  • Learning Commons

Aurora University

Aurora, Illinois

Cordogan Clark & Associates

Project Type(s)
  • New Construction
  • Renovation
Working Together Since


Aurora University – Institute for Collaborative Education

  • The collaboration between the university and elementary students began nine years prior to the project when there was a classroom crunch at Freeman Elementary School.
  • A grant from the U.S. Department of Education was awarded to expand the partnership to serve as a pilot program for the nation.

Aurora University – Don and Betty Tucker Hall

  • The Don and Betty Tucker Hall is the first college residence hall in the country to be designed specifically for the needs of students on the autism spectrum.
  • The Mesirow Learning Lab features a sensory art installation by local artist Rita Grendze.
  • Boldt crews self-performed many of the trades on the project, including concrete installation and carpentry.

Aurora University – Perry Theatre

  • Demolition of the existing vestibules and lobby required closure of the mandatory secondary exit from the attached science building. Boldt developed a plan to provide a secondary exit from the science building to meet requirements and ensure occupant safety.

Aurora University – John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School

  • The building has earned a LEED® – NC Platinum certified rating. Power for the STEM school will be in part supplied by solar panels on the roof and a wind turbine. Natural lighting will be utilized through large windows.
  • To deliver a sophisticated learning environment within budget, laboratories were designed for flexibility, enabling multi-functional and multi-generational use.

Aurora University – Kimberly and James Hill Center for Student Success

  • Despite challenges related to delays with manufacturing of the smart-glass windows, the Boldt project team was able to deliver the new facility on time.
  • Boldt self-performed all key construction trades, including concrete, masonry and rough and finish carpentry.
  • Thanks to use of Target Value Design, Boldt was able to incorporate additional value-added items while maintaining the initial budget.


“I turn to Boldt when I have a big problem to solve.”

– Rebecca Sherrick, PHD, Past President of Aurora University