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North Park University – Johnson Center for Science and Community Life

North Park University - Johnson Center for Science and Community Life Building Exterior

With a focus on sustainability and state-of-the-art design and integrated technology, the new Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life represented a significant investment for Chicago’s North Park University. To maximize that investment, the university took a novel approach and delivered the project as a tri-party integrated project delivery (IPD) team, bringing together the owner, architect and construction manager, with Boldt serving as the fee-for-service developer to guide the IPD process using our extensive IPD expertise.

Boldt worked closely with the Building Team to maximize Lean construction opportunities, bringing together the core team with key trade partners in a “Big Room” to collaboratively work through challenges with potential to impact the budget or schedule. Through this process, the team was able to deliver the project under the original budget — with additional scope added — on time and with zero claims.

Features of the center include state-of-the-art science laboratories, space for collaborative student-faculty research, technology-enhanced classrooms and faculty offices, auditorium, and seminar and conference rooms, atrium and lobby with spaces for social interaction, offices for programs supporting co-curricular learning, spiritual growth, vocational development, urban engagement, and campus life and a food court and café.


North Park University

Chicago, Illinois

VOA Associates, Inc.

Boldt Role
  • Healthcare Real Estate Development
  • Owner’s Representative
  • Integrated Lean Project Delivery®
Project Type
New Construction
Project Size
108,000 SF
LEED® Certification

Science and Technology

Project Highlights

  • After several years of proceeding without outside, third-party support, North Park University asked Boldt to serve as a fee-for-service developer to guide the Integrated Project Delivery process from vision to completion.
  • Under the tri-party IPD agreement, the owner, architect and construction manager shared in project risks and rewards.
  • The project team delivered the building at $360/SF — $50,000 under the original budget. There were zero claims on the project and the building was completely closed out within three months of occupancy.