Phase One of the Greek Village Housing project at Southeast Missouri State University is nearing completion and on schedule to open for the start of the fall 2016 semester in August.
Phase One includes two newly constructed houses on the north end of the campus, north of the Show Me Center, bordered by North Sprigg Street and Alumni Drive. The houses will be leased by two Southeast fraternities: Sigma Nu and Sigma Phi Epsilon.
“There is a lot of excitement on campus and within the Greek community with the first two of the four houses being finalized,” said Deanté Smith, director of Greek Life. “There’s even more when we think that as construction for one phase ends, another for the final two houses will begin soon.”
Tom Hadler, Facilities Management design project manager, said the current focus on the 7,300- and 7,665-square-foot houses is masonry work. Masonry on the back side of the Sigma Nu house has been completed, and masonry on the Sig Ep house is about 90 percent finished, he said. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing rough-in has been done in the past couple of weeks. Painting and ceiling installation are scheduled to begin next. After that, work will focus on the outside trim on both houses. Kiefner Brothers is the general contractor on the project. The first phase is expected to be complete July 22, he said.
Meanwhile, Hadler says work on the second phase of the project has begun. The Shivelbine house, formerly located on the property north of the current construction, has been razed to make way for houses for Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi. In the coming weeks, grading is expected to begin on the second phase of the village, after which footings will be installed. Work will begin first on the Pi Kappa Alpha house, followed about a month later by the start of the Sigma Chi house, Hadler said.
The new Greek Life project, which will house 61 students this fall, is important for current and incoming Southeast students because it can contribute to their academic and social success on campus. The new houses give students a safe and friendly environment while pursuing their scholastic and service goals, said Smith.
The new development will help accommodate Southeast’s growing Greek community and, in turn, may free space up in the traditional Greek Hill area for other Greek chapters to live in Southeast’s current Group housing area.
Southeast currently has 21 Greek organizations, and more than 12 percent of the Southeast student body participates in Greek Life.
Southeast alumni from both chapters contributed to the design of the first two houses, allowing each chapter to have their new house tailored for their needs, Hadler said.
“There are a handful of single bed rooms in each house, with two beds per bedroom in Sigma Nu’s house and three beds per bedroom in each one in Sigma Phi Epsilon,” Hadler said. Both houses are also equipped with a meeting area, kitchen, study room and safe room for inclement weather.
“This first phase marks a great step towards completion,” Hadler said. “We have managed to stay on schedule and on budget.”
Currently, Southeast Greek Life is working with both chapters to finalize their resident rosters for the new houses, according to Smith. This fall, current upperclassman can expect an easy transition as they move into the new facilities. Meanwhile, incoming freshman can catch a glimpse of what they can expect in the future out of the rest of the Greek Village Housing Project.
Phase Two of the project, which includes the construction of two more houses to be leased by Pi Kappa Alpha and Sigma Chi, began this month and is projected to be complete by fall 2017, Hadler said.
Southeast’s Board of Regents awarded a $7.72 million contract for the Phase One Greek Housing project last October. While the University will finance the cost of construction, the financing costs will be amortized to the chapters through their lease rate.
The Board of Regents approved the feasibility of a Greek Village concept in December 2014. In February 2015, the Regents authorized administration to complete design development and negotiate lease terms with interested Greek organizations. In May 2015, the Board approved conceptual design and gave administration the go-ahead to complete design development and finalize lease terms with Greek organizations for the first phase of the project.