Becker-Friedman work to begin

Staff Writer

Work is expected to begin in June on the future Becker-Friedman Institute’s research pavilion and turning the stretch of 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue into a pedestrian plaza.

Phase 2 of construction on the former Chicago Theological Seminary, 5757 S. University, will begin in mid-June said Alicia Murasaki, executive director of planning and design at the University of Chicago, at a meeting Wednesday, May 8 at the Booth School of Business.

The city recently vacated 58th Street from University Avenue to Woodlawn Avenue, ceding control to the university. The school plans to turn the block into a pedestrian plaza and will move the front of the CTS building from University Avenue so that it faces what is now 58th Street.

The south-facing portion of the CTS building will have added green space, including landscaping, and an accessible entrance.

That stretch of 58th Street will be closed to pedestrian access during construction, which is expected to last about a year. The university will create an alternate route for walkers and bikers behind the Oriental Institute, 1155 E. 58th St.

The research pavilion’s construction will begin mid-June and run through June. The pavilion will allow for computer-based research and lectures in a brand-new facility that extends from the alley behind the CTS building and connects the three university-owned structures on the 5700 block of Woodlawn Avenue.

Construction will begin once Lab School’s academic year has ended. Beginning in September students will move to the Earl Shapiro Hall on Stony Island Avenue.