1986-2011: The "Old" Campus

This time may be commonly referred to as the “Old Campus" era, but could more precisely be called the Carson/Stanley Building era. The Carson-Pirie-Scott building was a 54,000-square-foot building located at the corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard on Stolp Island in downtown Aurora.  

The first phase of the project was remodeling the building from a department store to suitable classroom and office space. When this building opened as the Aurora Campus in 1986, it boasted 2,424 total students. By 1990, this number had already increased by 62 percent to 3,933. Principal programs located here included the CAD Program, Interpreter Training Program, Adult Basic Education/GED/English as a Second Language Program and the KDK Office Skills Program. The ABE/GED/ESL and Literacy Program experienced very rapid growth, nearly doubling their credit hours from 1986 to 1990. Also noteworthy, the number of credit course students identifying Latino heritage nearly doubled from 1986 to 1990. 

The second phase added the adjacent Stanley Building, formerly an office building, in 1988.  This increase in space (nearly 35,000 square feet) allowed for a branch of the college bookstore and two TIC System classrooms, as well as new offices for the Business and Industry Institute and additional general classrooms.

These buildings were in service until May 26, 2011, when the campus officially switched to the current building across the river.

A look down the original staircase in the Carson-Pirie-Scott building during Phase I remodeling.  This staircase was removed and replaced with a conventional design during the course of remodeling.Construction of walls and plumbing viewed from above during the Phase I remodeling of the Carson-Pirie-Scott building.Steel beams for interior walls in the middle of Phase I remodeling of the Carson-Pirie-Scott building.A hallway under construction during the remodeling of the Carson-Pirie-Scott building.Completed classroom for the Drafting and Design program at Waubonsee's downtown Aurora campus.The front desk after completion of the Phase I remodeling project.A winding hallway after the Phase I remodeling was completed.A classroom after the completion of Phase I remodeling.Display shelves under construction during Phase I remodeling of the Carson-Pirie-Scott building.Remodeling of the exterior of the Carson-Pirie-Scott building during Phase I of Waubonsee's  Aurora Downtown Campus.  Note the sign for the Paramount Theatre, an Aurora landmark, in the background.The facade of the finished Aurora campus the year after completion.The Aurora campus bookstore after completion of Phase II remodeling.  The bookstore was located in the former Stanley office building adjacent to the Carson-Pirie-Scott building.The Stolp Avenue entrance lobby to Waubonsee's Aurora campus after the completion of Phase II.The Aurora campus viewed from the corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard.The front desk of the Aurora campus.The Early Childhood Center at the Aurora Campus.The Aurora campus from the corner of Stolp Avenue and Galena Boulevard at dusk.  Photograph taken by Adam Punter.A view of the Aurora campus looking down Stolp Avenue towards Galena Boulevard.  Photograph taken by Adam Punter.A view of the Aurora campus taken from the roof of the Hollywood Casino, just across the Fox River.  Note the Aurora landmark Paramount Theatre at center.  Photograph taken by Adam Punter.

Contact Info.

The Library-Archivist can be contacted via phone at (630) 466-7900 ex. 6639.