John C. Dunham Pavilion at RiverEdge Park

Aurora, Illinois / United States of America

This first phase of a new Fox River park focused on an outdoor performance pavilion consisting of the stage, park spaces, loading dock, restrooms, VIP viewing deck, Light and sound tower, and food vending spaces. The stage is designed to the specifications of large touring performers but can also handle small local functions. Working within a narrow site on flood plain and mitigation of vehicle noise from the adjacent road were the main challenges. Flooding was mitigated by shaping the land into a large central hill surrounded by low valleys. This provided great sight lines, while adding compensatory floodwater storage in the low areas. Portions of the buildings, susceptible floodwater, were hardened to take minimal if any damage. A prominent "sound wall" blocks noise from the street and shapes performance sound inside, while embracing the audience in an intimate setting. The wall also becomes the front wall on the street, giving the venue an urban presence in an area that was previously nondescript. By day the buildings, clad in cedar slats, provide a quiet park backdrop. At night they come alive with a sophisticated color-changing LED lighting that makes the buildings an exciting part of the performance.

Architect of record

David Steele
Muller&Muller, Ltd.
700 N Sangamon
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312.432.4180x22
Fax: 312.432.4180

General contractor

Terry Bohr
R.C. Wegman Construction
750 Morton Ave
Aurora, IL 60506, USA
Phone: 630.844.3000

Consultant 1

Paul Virgilio
Virgilio Associates, Tld.
24069 N Echo Lake Road
lake Zuric, IL 60047, USA
Phone: 847.5508411
Fax: 847.307.8324

Consultant 2

Robert Shook
Schuler Shook
740 N Orleans
Chicago, IL 60654, USA
Phone: 312.944.8230
Fax: 312.944.8297

Consultant 3

Alex Nikolich
IDC Green Solutions
4029 N Kenmeth
Chicago, IL 60641, USA
Phone: 312.698.8943

Consultant 4

Patrick kelsey
Wills Burke Kelsey Associates, Ltd.
116 W Main Street
St Charles, IL 60174, USA
Phone: 630.701.2245

Consultant 5

Brian Welch
Christopher B Burke Engineering, Ltd.
9575 w Higgins Rd
Rosemont, IL 60018, USA
Phone: 847.823.0500


John Faire
John Faier Photography
1366 W Huron
Chicago, IL 60642, USA
Phone: 312.773.8054