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The Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life

Johnson Center Fact Sheet

September 12, 2014

The Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life at North Park University


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About North Park University

Founded in 1891 by the Evangelical Covenant Church, North Park University is located on Chicago’s north side and enrolls 3,200 students from around the country and the world. At North Park, excellence implies not only a deep tradition in the liberal arts and the Christian faith, but also a spirit of innovation, reaching out to serve and to learn from the dynamic community around us.

About the Johnson Center

  • North Park University announces the opening of the Nancy and G. Timothy Johnson Center for Science and Community Life.
  • The Johnson Center is named in honor of Dr. Tim and Nancy Johnson, who graduated from North Park University in 1956, and Dr. Johnson from North Park Seminary in 1963.
  • Dr. Johnson was also Chief Medical Editor for ABC News during his career and is now retired.
  • The Johnsons are not only alumni, but also longtime friends of the University who “exemplify North Park’s dedication to ‘educating students for lives of significance and service,’” according to University president, Dr. David Parkyn.
  • The Johnson Center is anticipated to achieve Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification.
  • Designed to house all science classrooms, plus all aspects of student engagement including Residence Life and Housing, Career Development and Internships, Student Success, International Office, University Ministries, and more.
  • $41 million, from a total of more than $63 million raised through Campaign North Park, went toward the cost of the Johnson Center.

Building Height

  • 55 Feet
  • 3 stories tall

Building Square Footage

  • 101,000 Gross Square Footage, roughly two football fields with a two-story atrium and lobby


  • Groundbreaking October 2012
  • Completion August 2014

Classrooms, Laboratories, and Equipment

  • 10 Smart Classrooms
  • 30 Smart laboratories, and “totally transformed” lab safety program
    $850,000 in state-of-the-art science equipment
  • Smart Technology includes lecture capture capabilities, distance learning, real-time sharing of data for collaboration and group activity
  • HDTV interactive SmartPodiums with wireless airplay from iPads
  • Every lab is ADA compliant for wheelchair accessibility throughout
    Cadaver Lab

LEED Gold Status

  • Designed to Achieve LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Gold status through U.S. Green Building Council
  • Satisfying Sustainable Site; Water Efficiency; Energy & Atmosphere; Materials & Resources; Indoor Environmental Quality and Innovation & Design Process points
  • Redevelopment of previously developed site in an urban district
  • Located within ¼ mile of multiple public transportation sites and ride-share options
  • Storm water design and control
  • Green roof and reflective roofing reducing heat island effect
  • Light pollution reduction with occupancy sensor controls
  • Use of native plant species to reduce irrigation needs
  • Energy efficiency lighting and high efficiency HVAC
  • Recycling collection and storage
  • Construction waste & recycling of materials
  • Low VOC materials
  • Dual level lighting controls and task lighting to minimize energy use
  • Use of local/regional materials and natural resources
  • Incorporation into curriculum education of LEED, green technology/features
  • LEED AP administered project

Faculty/Student Interaction and Student Life

  • “Pods” to support student/faculty research and discussion
  • Equipment and areas for the study of anatomy/cadaver lab, molecular genetics, zoology, and microscopy
  • Balcony and student lounge overlooking first floor lobby/entry
  • Bickner Bistro with Einstein Bros Bagels
  • 3 seating zones with fireplace
  • Dedicated Prayer Room
  • Seminar and conference rooms with catering capabilities for on-site events


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