Hope’s Solid Steel Windows Help Transform Historic Building at the University of Chicago

Hope’s custom, handcrafted hot-rolled solid steel windows were installed in an adaptive reuse project for the University of Chicago’s new Saieh Hall for Economics in Chicago, IL.

Occupying a full city block, the first phase of this project transformed a seminary originally built in 1928 into a 100,000-sq.-ft. building that preserves the beauty and grandeur of the historic structure while updating it with 21st century features and efficiencies.

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The project involved the replacement of 307 windows. These included the installation of Hope’s Jamestown175™ Series 45-minute fire rated fixed windows and swing doors; Jamestown175 Series non-fire rated fixed windows and swing doors; and Landmark175™ Series side hung-in casement ventilators with custom 1-3/4″ frame sightline to match existing windows.

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“The Hope’s windows improve building performance and maintain the historic character of the building,’ says Katie Gerner, Associate, AIA, LEED AP of Ann Beha Architects in Boston, MA.

After a preservation assessment was completed, Gerner says “a window mock-up was performed during the design phase of the project to test different treatment options for aesthetics, performance, technical feasibility and cost.”

The strength of the steel window sections are ideal for projects requiring large glass lites while maintaining narrow sightlines.

Saieh Hall incorporates 77,000 sq. ft. of repurposed space and 23,000 sq. ft. of new construction. With a construction cost of $54 million, Phase I of Saieh Hall has achieved LEED Gold.

Photos: Tom Rossiter


The transformation from theological seminary to hall for economics is featured in the March 2016 issue of Contract magazine.