Since its opening in June 2011, the Downtown Extension campus has brought new life to the heart of Aurora's downtown. It has transformed an entire block of underused buildings into a new state-of-the-art multi-use educational campus. In just a year, it has served nearly 9,500 students, while also hosting numerous educational and municipal events. Sitting on the banks of the Fox River, the project Includes a 'Foxwalk' pedestrian area and parking on the site's river frontage and streetscape architecture defined by the existing urban fabric.
The design for this $24M, 4-story, 131,000 square foot facility offers a diverse array of classrooms and offices. Students at the new campus are now learning in specialized classrooms including chemistry and biology labs, numerous computer classrooms, a certified nurse assistant (CNA) lab, a sign language and interpreter training lab, among other unique learning spaces.
The facility also provides a tech-centered library, full-service bookstore, early childhood center, grab-and-go café and coffee bar, and media-ready multipurpose room. The multipurpose room, which is available for rent for professional meetings, has become a valuable asset for the downtown community.