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Sorority housing: An ASU milestone

Published: Thursday, March 1, 2012

Updated: Thursday, March 1, 2012 17:03

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Lindsey Blakely

Greek life director Alexis Hurdle facilitated the meeting between representatives from each sorority on campus as they chose the plots and facades of their future houses.

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The initial sketches for the sorority housing were presented at the meeting.

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The layout of the four sorority houses, which will be along Aggie Road and at the corner of University Loop. Each house is the same size, but plots and facades vary between the four.

In one monumental night, ASU's history has been changed forever with the first addition of sorority housing on campus.

At 5 :30 p.m. on Wednesday, Greek life director Alexis Hurdle, Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Rick Stripling and Charles Krennerich of Brackett Krennerich Architects met with the four sororities to choose their new houses and respective plots.

"What we did, we made history," Hurdle said. "This project is going to make Greeks more visible. It will allow sororities to have a sense of community. We really anticipate this to grow our Greek life."

The process for sororities to choose their houses and plots was long, but worth it in the end.

Each sorority selected representatives from their sororities, along with local alumni to ensure everything went smoothly.

While each house plan is the same, the facade of the houses will be different to allow the sororities individuality.

All four houses will be along Aggie Road and at the corner of University Loop.

At the meeting, the sororities made their choices in two rounds. They were able to choose either their plot or the facade of which house they wanted.

During the first round, the order in which they chose was based on who was on the campus first. Since Alpha Gamma Delta was the first sorority on campus, they chose first, followed by Alpha Omicron Pi, Chi Omega and Delta Zeta.

Alpha Gam chose their facade first. Alpha Omicron Pi chose their plot. Chi Omega chose their plot. Delta Zeta chose their house.

In the second round, each sorority put their name into a bowl and Krennerich, the head architect for the project, pulled names.

First was AOPi, then Alpha Gam, Chi O and lastly was DZ.

Another option offered to the sororities was a choice of patio. Out of four options each sorority chose the same patio.

Stripling noted that building the sorority houses on campus was the equivalent to building the Red W.O.L.F. Center because of the attraction it will be to students.

Krennerich was also a part of building the Red W.O.L.F. Center, along with the Fowler Center, Library, Delta Center and all of the new housing on campus including the Northpark Quads, Honors Living-Learning Community, STEM Den and ROTC.

In roughly 10 to 12 weeks the sororities will be able to choose what the interior scheme of the house will look like, and all of the sororities decided to send their official colors to the interior designer for her to work with.

Although each house will have the same interior floor plan and landscaping, the sororities will be able to personalize it further with their own money that they have saved up.

As far as parking for the sororities, Stripling announced that the university will put forth $335,000 for them to have parking lots. There was mention of gating around the parking lots.

The houses will also be put higher on the hill in an effort to keep away crime.

Krennerich, who also works with the campus master planners, said the houses will not be their own division, but will tie into the future campus master plan.

"This whole housing area will be more pedestrian friendly," Krennerich said. "We are also looking at streets that are currently one way and turning them into two ways. We will also put in sidewalks so everyone can walk from their houses."

The university's first sorority housing ever will be finished in Spring of 2013.

A groundbreaking ceremony will take place on March 31 with a luncheon at 12 p.m. and the groundbreaking at 1 p.m.

 

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