Date: September 2015
Designer: Story Design, Ltd.
Project Size: 11,000 square feet
Total Project Cost: $1.8 million
The Gamma Tau Chapter of Theta Chi Fraternity's original house was built in approximately 1892. Once owned by Alpha Xi Delta Sorority, the house was sold to Theta Chi in 1976. In 2014, finding the house had deteriorated, alumni wrestled with the decision of renovation vs. new construction. Considerations like technological demands of today’s college students, plus the age and condition of the structure led to the decision to build. The new house allows for occupancy for 30 members and features full food service as well as living quarters and office space for a house parent or graduate assistant. Demolition of the existing house in August 2014 made way for construction of the fraternity’s updated, larger home on the same location. The building was framed and enclosed by early December 2014 so that work could continue on the interior. The new chapter house features 11,000 sq. ft. on two floors and a walkout basement which opens to patio space for socializing and entertaining. To uphold the heritage of the fraternity, wood pocket doors and the fireplace mantel, original to the old house, were salvaged from the fraternity house prior to demolition and now stand at the entrance to the Alumni Room. The original house’s fireplace mantel was installed in the Alumni Room as a highlight to additional fraternity memorabilia. The design and structure provide undergraduate brothers with open spaces for socializing, eating together, entertaining over Homecoming and other events, as well as private spaces for study and sleeping. Theta Chi not only have a beautiful new home, but it fosters the brotherhood aspect of the fraternity in a very tangible and positive way. “Story was fantastic to work with, says Joe Aielo, alumnus, "From initial design consultation to the final walk through, the Story team was attentive, creative, responsive and just fun to work with. Story was mindful of our budget constraints, and was able to offer cost-effective solutions to accomplish every goal we set forth. We have and will continue to recommend Story Construction for design-build projects.”