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Capital Campaign for Phase II reaches $600,000; Undergraduates promise $50,000

Sunday, April 22nd, 2012

Pledge Board as of Summer 2012. Are you in?

Chapter adviser and BOA chairman David Adcock announced that total contributions to the capital campaign for phase II of the renovation of the Chapter House have reached $600,000 of which about $50,000 is from current undergraduate members. He made the announcement yesterday at the Chapter House during a meeting and phase I walk through.

BOT members John Reagan and Gary Minor led walks through phase I for alumni and undergraduates, answering questions and pointed out the many design features included to lower the operating cost for the undergraduates and provide a living experience consistent with TKE Beta-Pi’s positioning at Georgia Tech: We are a large fraternity. We are a residential experience. We expect all members to move into the Chapter House as soon as they can and remain until they graduate. 

The old first floor of the dormitory has been framed in its new temporary configuration–a combination of 2- and 3-man rooms and a large mechanical room in place of old 104 apartment or old 110-112 corner (depending on when you lived in the house).  A wide straight hallway has replaced the narrow twisty alley that wound through the old first floor.

The second floor’s permanent framing nears completion. This floor and those above feature 2-man rooms with high ceilings. Baths are shared between 2 rooms and are designed so that sink, toilet and shower can all be used simultaneously.  This should largely end the usual morning traffic jams for those with early classes or co-op jobs.

The third floor’s load bearing framing is done and work has begun on the fourth floor.

Already the scale of phase I is becoming apparent as the incomplete building towers over everything else in the vicinity.

Under the watchful eyes of Gary Minor and John Reagan, construction is on schedule for the return of the undergraduates for work week during fall 2012.

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Take Down Ends. Build Up Begins.

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

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Construction continues apace at TKE Beta-Pi. The two upper floors of the old dormitory have been removed. The remaining first floor will be reconfigured as 2- and 3-man rooms and 3 additional floors containing 2-man rooms and study areas will rise soon.

Expect to see a large crane on site in the next few weeks, a younger sibling of the “African Queen” that did the work in 1994 perhaps, to place floor slabs as the new dormitory takes shape. By the end of April, the shape and size of the new building will be apparent. It will be stunning. The drawings do not fully convey how large the new building will be relative to its neighbors.

The undergraduate chapter is holding together well so far. The meal plan continues uninterruped and regular work parties keep the place in a semblance of good order although, as anyone who lived on site during the building of the social quarters in the 90s will tell you, one never really gets ahead of the dirt and dust at a construction site. They collegiate are using the remaining building as a social space despite the difficulties. This was made possible in part by the build out a temporary men’s head on the first floor.

By T-day in the spring, there will be a lot for alumni to see at the House!


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Wednesday, January 4th, 2012

The razing of the old building is not so much a demolition as a deconstruction.  It started a few days ago and will continue for a few more weeks.  The replacement building will be ready to occupy by 2012 Fall Term.

The Old Living Quarters is Coming Down (photo Dave Adcock)


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Deal closed. Old apartment house/dormitory is coming down.

Friday, December 30th, 2011

Yesterday, 29 December 2011, John Reagan, Gary Minor and Scott Smelter met with the bankers and the attorneys and signed the papers. The loan is secured. The word is given. The old living space is coming down. Let Phase I of the major renovation begin!  We’ll be posting photographs of the construction from time to time.  In any case, expect something new and wonderful on the property at Homecoming 2012.

And a Happy New Year to all!

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Board of Trustees receives Demolition Permit

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

The BOT has received a permit to take down the old apartment house/dormitory. The structure will not be so much “demolished” as “dis-assembled” in an orderly manner.  The undergrads have already “bugged out” and dis-assembly will begin soon.

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