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Aurora University – John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School

Aurora University - John C. Dunham STEM Partnership Entrance with Gardens - LEED Platinum Certified

Since its inception over 100 years ago, Aurora University has developed its programs to suit the education needs of the nation but also those within its immediate community. Recognizing a local need for STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) education in K12 grades, Aurora University engaged Boldt to construct a new STEM Partnership School to serve third- through eighth-grade students from multiple districts, as well as provide a platform for teacher preparation, faculty development and educational research.

The school consists of classrooms, laboratories, STEM forum, a multi-purpose room, greenhouse and rooftop garden. The classrooms are designed to meet best practices in modern learning environments, with a focus on interaction and collaboration. The school has a student capacity of 200 with land around the building for potential future expansion.

Aurora, Illinois

Cordogan Clark & Associates

Boldt Role
  • Construction Manager
  • General Contractor
  • Construction Manager
Project Type
New Construction
Project Size
32,000 SF
LEED® Certification

Science and Technology

Project Highlights

  • 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.