Posted by Sara Meers on May 14, 2015
The U.S. Green Building Council has awarded the John C. Dunham STEM Partnership School at Aurora University with a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, recognizing the energy-efficient and high-performing design of the building. The STEM Partnership School is one of three schools in Illinois and one of only 44 schools worldwide to obtain the LEED Platinum status.
“We can see the students’ enthusiasm as they learn and grow in this space,” said Jeff Cali, Assistant Vice President of Administration at Aurora University. “This platinum certification is a testament to the hard work and dedication of the many partners involved in planning and construction. We are all proud of the example this building sets for future school construction throughout the country.”
Energy consumption in the school is expected to be approximately 38% more efficient than a typical new building. Certification of this project was based on key green features that include:
Construction of the 32,000 square foot facility, which includes eight classrooms and six labs, began in fall 2013 and the doors officially opened last August. The STEM school serves students in third through eighth grades from the West Aurora, East Aurora and Indiana Prairie school districts. Fifty students from Batavia School District 101 will join the STEM school this fall, bringing the school to full capacity at 200 students.
The curriculum for students was developed through a unique collaboration between area educators and local corporations, covering the STEM fields as well as art, music and more. It is staffed through a professional development strategy that engages teachers from the partner districts as faculty while they complete AU graduate coursework and become leaders in mathematics and science education.