By LINDSAY WELBERS
The exterior work on the future Becker-Friedman Institute for Research in Economics has been completed. Construction will now focus on the interior renovation.
The former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University Ave., has been renovated to add a slate roof, improve energy efficiency and clean the exterior bricks.
The institute is expected to open in the spring as the University of Chicago’s center for student offices, housing faculty, research and instruction.
New windows with leaded glass have been installed.
A new arched entrance and surrounding glass curtain walls are being constructed, facing 58th Street. When completed, 58th Street will be closed off to traffic and turned into a pedestrian walkway.
The second phase of construction includes the addition of a research pavilion in the vacated alley behind the building.