January 11, 2013

Old Co-Op prepares for new tenants

Renovations began this past month to redesign 5757 South University Avenue, the previous location of the Seminary Co-op, as the future home for the Department of Economics and the Becker Friedman Institute for Research in Economics.

Phase one of the renovations includes new tiered classrooms and study commons. It also includes work on some of the building’s deferred maintenance issues, namely parts of the masonry and slate roofing.

Phase two of the renovations is set to begin in December 2013 and will include the construction of a new economic research pavilion as an expansion to the north side of the building between Woodlawn and University Avenues. The addition is scheduled to be completed sometime in 2015.

The project also includes plans to extend the quad by turning the stretch of 58th Street between Woodlawn and University Avenues into a pedestrian walkway.