Ensuring the academic success of our members and assisting the Chapter in recruiting and retaining quality men are certainly the top goals of our alumni and undergraduates. Our facility is instrumental in achieving these goals by providing a competitive living and learning center that also serves as a symbol of our shared vision of excellence. It became clear that we needed to make a major investment in our facility so we can provide a beneficial educational experience in an up-to-date and up-tocode facility that will serve future generations of college men.
There has been a paradigm shift in the housing market at Iowa State, as today’s college students and their parents expect more for their housing dollars. Renovated residence halls and fraternity houses, as well as new apartment complexes, pull our undergraduates and potential new members away from the Sigma Chi house by offering more space, privacy, and amenities such as suite-style bedrooms, a green living environment, and high-tech capabilities. We must offer a safe, attractive, and efficient facility.
Safety and Functionality
To comply with revised local building and safety codes, by 2012 all student living facilities in Ames had to be equipped with life-safety items, such as sprinkler systems, fire-rated doors, and upgraded building accessibility. This, coupled with the inadequacy of our electrical and plumbing systems and a kitchen that must be updated, was the motivating factor in the need for a reconstructed Chapter House. Upgrading and repairing the present systems were simply not cost effective.
Academics and Technology
The Chapter House did not provide the adequate technology infrastructure to meet the needs of today’s students, who bring more electronic equipment to college than ever before. This issue, as well as the need to provide well-lit and comfortable study space within the Chapter House, ment that we must make a significant investment in the facility to provide the educational support Iowa State students require.
The new Sigma Chi house will be French Normandy in style, with a brick and stone exterior and a pitched slate roof. The interior of the house will feature bright and open common spaces on the first floor with a large deck adjacent to the dining room, overlooking the courtyard below. The design will focus on long-term maintenance and livability using the latest technologies and durable materials, finishes and fixtures. The new house will provide competitive accommodations and social amenities for 21st century young men, as well as a pleasant living and learning environment.
Each suite will have a common area for socializing. It is envisioned that there will be a couch, a couple of chairs, a television and other technology typical of today's college student. There will be a counter area for a microwave and small refrigerator and a bathroom with sink, shower and bathroom. Two drains will be in each bathroom, one in the shower and one in the floor in the sink area. Off of the common area of the suite will be two 2-man study rooms that will also contain the beds. The furniture in these sleep/study rooms will be provided by the Corporation Board and will be “heavy duty” loft/desk structures complete with drawers and file cabinets for study material. Each room will have two built in closets with drawers for the men to keep their clothes and other personal belongings. All study rooms will be wired for internet access.
Garden Level (16 men)
Theater Room – a multiple tiered 24 person theater/television room
Recreation Room – Pool table, ping-pong table, foose-ball table
Four 4-man Suites will be located on this floor
Second Floor (23 Men)
Study Room – All the study spaces in the house will be “quite” zones. The spaces will be equipped with desks/tables and chairs, internet accessibility, decorated appropriately, all conducive to serious individual studying.
Officer's Suite – Similar to the 4-man suite. This room will be configured to house 2 or 3 brothers envisioned to be at least the Consul and roommates.
Five 4-man Suites are located on this floor