University of Chicago-Saieh Hall for Economics

  • University of Chicago-Saieh Hall for Economics
  • University of Chicago-Saieh Hall for Economics


Client:  University of Chicago

Location: Chicago, IL


The University of Chicago launched The Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics in 2008 to solidify Chicago as a leading intellectual destination for economics research. It has since been renamed The Saieh Hall for Economics. The Adaptive Reuse of 5757 South University consists of the renovation of the current Chicago Theological Seminary building that fronts 58th Street from Woodlawn to University Avenues. The original 66,486 gross square foot building, constructed in 1923-27, was renovated to include institute director and administrative offices, department chair and administrative offices, offices for faculty, research associates, post-doctoral, and graduate students, classroom, seminar, and conference facilities, a library, computing facilities and common areas. The renovation includes repairs and upgrades of the building envelope, HVAC, and electrical and voice/data systems, and brings the building infrastructure up to all required life/safety and accessibility codes.

The redevelopment of this Gothic Revival style building creates a total area of approximately 100,770 sq-ft of renovation and additions. The University is seeking LEED Silver certification.

Services Provided

d’Escoto, Inc. provided one Office Engineer and MEP Superintendent to assist Turner Construction. d’Escoto, Inc.’s Office Engineer helped develop each subcontractor’s scope of work, reviewed bid proposals, interpreted contract documents and coordinated subcontractor work. He also monitored project progress and provided document control, submittal and RFI processing.

d’Escoto, Inc. was responsible for scheduling subcontractor work, commissioning MEP systems and documenting quality and conformance during pre-construction and construction. In order to fully participate in the Integrated Project Delivery approach, our team used BIM (Building Information Modeling) 3D software, which helped avoid common MEP issues and maintain the project schedule