University of Chicago, Saieh Hall for Economics

This 150,500 gsf four-building complex creates a new precinct for interdisciplinary economics research, teaching, conferences, and global outreach on the University of Chicago’s campus. The project includes the adaptive reuse of a former Seminary as a modern university setting, preserving historically significant spaces, and repurposing them as unique academic resources. The new Research Pavilion connects to the Seminary and two renovated historic houses, and reclaims a back lot as a new campus enclave. The site and landscape design transforms and pedestrianizes a city street, extending the historic campus quad, and knitting Saieh Hall into the campus fabric. Phase I of this project has achieved LEED Gold and Phase II has achieved LEED Silver. Saieh Hall has received planning and design awards at both local and national levels, including the Frank Lloyd Wright Award from AIA Illinois, Boston Society of Architects, Chicago Building Congress, and Building Design + Construction. Gensler was ABA’s Associate Architect.

Chicago, Illinois