If you need any evidence that Greek life is on a meteoric rise all across the country, just look at the new houses being built. It seems like you hear about a new one every other day. These new residences aren’t just plain old houses, either. A lot of the new fraternity houses being built are veritable mansions that stand tall over the rest of the campus. Sigma Chi at Iowa State is building one that will be just that.
The Sigma Chi chapter had its 50-year-old house demolished to make room for something much bigger and better. The new 17,000 square foot house, which will cost a grand total of $3.5 million, will house more than 50 brothers. This is no new development, however. While the house won’t be complete until Fall 2015, the project started about five years before the demolition of the old house in July.
The new house will feature numerous amenities that the previous one did not have. There will be suites that sleep four men each, a conference room, study areas, a movie theater, and a recreation room. Additionally, there will be private bathrooms–which is a big upgrade from the eight-man shower in the old house.
A big factor in the construction of the new house was, as you may have expected, competition. Other houses at ISU were being renovated and upgraded, and it was turning into a factor for recruitment. Thanks to some help from their alumni, the Sigma Chis at Iowa State will have one of the largest houses on campus, which, as one of the members said, will “stand above the rest.”
Here is a rendering of the house:
For pictures of the demolition, check them out HERE.