Renovated Fraternity Quad houses set to reopen

Workers are addressing mechanical and electrical problems and roofing issues in the houses on the Fraternity Quad, in addition to making the structures compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster)

Workers are addressing mechanical and electrical problems and roofing issues in the houses on the Fraternity Quad, in addition to making the structures compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. (Photo by J. Adam Fenster)

Six Fraternity Quad houses, many of which date back to the 1930s, are receiving a facelift this summer, thanks to a multimillion–dollar investment by the University.

Upgrades are being made to Delta Kappa Epsilon, Sigma Alpha Mu, Sigma Chi, Psi Upsilon, Alpha Delta Phi, and Theta Chi houses to bring the houses up to Residence Life standards.

Workers are addressing mechanical and electrical problems and roofing issues in the houses, in addition to making the structures compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Students returning to the houses will also notice new paint and floor coverings

This summer, the University has assumed responsibility for operating and maintaining the
houses—a move that will allow the students residing there, and their alumni advisors, to focus
solely on the academic, leadership, and philanthropic missions of the organizations.

“I’m delighted to see the work progressing on the Fraternity Quad this summer, says
Richard Feldman, dean of the College. “The renovations to the fraternity houses, and the new
management plan, will help to secure a bright future for these historically significant buildings
on campus and the fraternities that are housed in them.”

Moving the properties into the Residential Life system is in accordance with recommendations made by a special Fraternity Quad Task Force—a committee of trustees and student and alumni fraternity members—that met over 12 months seeking constructive solutions to the deferred maintenance issues, while respecting the traditions and contributions to campus life inherent in the Fraternity Quad’s organizations.