The former Chicago Theological Seminary building located at 5757 South University Avenue was adaptively reused to house instructional and research programs for the Department of Economics and the office, conference, and research facilities for the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics. The 100,770 gross square foot main building was renamed the Saieh Hall for Economics in June 2014. The renovation began in Fall 2012 and encompassed repairs and upgrades to the building envelope, HVAC and electrical and voice/data systems, and bringing the building infrastructure up to all required life/safety and accessibility codes. New space was constructed below grade for mechanical rooms and a large tiered lecture hall. To connect the east and west existing buildings at the ground level, a new building entrance was constructed by vacating the alley exiting to 58th Street. Construction was completed in June 2014.
The research pavilion, a 48,920 gross square foot addition to the building’s north side, includes a second large lecture hall, seminar rooms, and offices. This addition connects to two adjacent Woodlawn Avenue properties, 5740 and 5750 South Woodlawn Avenue, which also had interior renovations. The project is LEED certified.
Rendering Courtesy of Ann Beha Architects.
- Senior Project Manager: Jose L. Lopez Jr.
- Assistant Project Manager: Sara Matesevac
- Architect/Engineer: Ann Beha Architects
- Construction Manager: Turner Construction
Project Contact: Jose Lopez
- March 2010: Ann Beha Architects selected as project architect
- September 2010: Tigerman/McCurry Architects selected to design renovation for Seminary Co-Op Bookstore
- Fall 2012: Construction began
- May 2014: Began installation of curtain wall and building enclosure for the research pavilion.
- June 2014: Completed 58th Street Streetscape and 5757 S. University main building.
- June 2014: Begin interior fit-out of research pavilion.
- March 2015: Completion of research pavilion.