Aurora University, Institute for Collaboration

Aurora, Illinois

The Institute for Collaboration is an innovative, collaborative, real-world learning laboratory that incorporates tutoring, community service and professional certification. Built on the south edge of campus, it complements existing “Richardsonian Romanesque” campus architecture, while comfortably integrating contemporary ADDITIONAL INFORMATIONCAPACITY500COST PER SQ FT$220.00FEATURED IN2008 Architectural PortfolioSUB CATEGORYSpecialized technologies.

This 68,000-square-foot building includes 29 dedicated classrooms; more than 60 office spaces and resource rooms; the 500-seat Crimi Auditorium; and the “Cyber-Lab” donated by The Caterpillar Corporation. It also houses the “Communities In Schools” program.

The Institute for Collaboration reflects the goals of the No Child Left Behind Act, focusing on achievements of all students. It is a teaching/learning laboratory where student teachers and faculty work directly with elementary school children on campus.

This unique “school-within-a-university” educational model integrates 200 fourth- and fifth-graders (eight classroom sections) in a total immersion program with Aurora University students; practicing K-12 teachers (graduate and doctoral students); human-service professionals; community youth; wellness and educational agencies; and the general resources of Aurora University.